Trauma Intervention with Children and Adolescents Certificate Program

Spring 2016 to Fall 2016

The child and adolescent trauma intervention certificate program encompasses an integrated focus on child development, neurobiology, attachment theory, and adverse life events (ALEs AKA “Trauma”). The content is based on an evidence-grounded and narrative-based model applied to assessment, diagnosis, and treatment methods targeting ALEs. The array of core concepts is linked to the neuro-narrative model of child and adolescent trauma intervention developed by Dr. Munson. The program prepares clinical social workers and other mental health professionals for work with young people and their caregivers in recovering from ALEs. Theoretical content is enhanced through case discussion and case presentations by Dr. Munson and program participants.

Social workers and other mental health professionals from a variety of clinical settings encounter clients with histories of emotional abuse (referred to as “psychological abuse” in DSM-5 and referred to as “mental injury” in Maryland), physical abuse, sexual abuse, and other adverse life events (trauma). This program provides the opportunity for practitioners from a range of agencies to learn and analyze cases through a collaborative knowledge and skill building experience.

Class Dates and Times

Please note:  Each participant is required to prepare a case analysis of a current client, demonstrating integration of material presented during the program or an alternative assignment for participants who are not working with clients. 

Seminar 1:     
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 (9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
6 Contact hours

  • Course Introduction/Planning and Understanding
  • Trauma and Adverse Childhood Experience

Seminar 2:    
Tuesday. April 26, 2016 (9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) 6 Contact hours

  • Impact of ALEs on Neurobiology and Attachment

Seminar 3:    
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 (9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) 6 contact hours

  • Assessment and Diagnosis Using DSM-5 Criteria  

Seminar 4:   
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 (9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) 6 Contact hour
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  • Standardized measures

Seminar 5:    
Tuesday, July 19,
2016 (9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) 6 Contact hours

  • Fundamental Treatment Theory and Techniques

Seminar 6:    
Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016 (9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) 6 Contact hours

  • Intervention Techniques (including Neuro-narrative Approaches)

Seminar 7:    
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 (9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
6 Contact hours

  • Advanced Treatment Techniques
  • Caregiver Involvement Case Presentations

Seminar 8:   
Tuesday November 15, 2016 (9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) 6 Contact hours

  • Integrative Capstone Discussion
  • Case Presentations and Graduation Ceremony

Total Contact Hours = 48 contact hours

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