Teach a Core Concepts Course:

  • Core Concepts of Child and Adolescent Trauma (clinical practice)
  • Core Concepts of TraumaInformed Child Welfare Practice

I hear consistently from the students that the core concepts course was really significant in helping them learn how to process cases. It doesn’t mean they don’t have anxiety or fear in working with their clients who are in crisis and trauma, I just think they have a certain level of confidence because of their readings and the knowledge they’ve developed. – Partner school faculty member

Teach a Core Concepts Course
Social Work faculty may be interested in teaching one of the National Center’s Core Concepts courses: Core Concepts of Child and Adolescent Trauma (clinical practice); or Core Concepts of TraumaInformed Child Welfare Practice. The Core Concepts courses employ a problem-based learning approach used with five in-depth case studies that reflect trauma’s impact on children of every developmental age period. This approach allows students to experience cases as they actually unfold in practice. To view where the Core Concepts curriculum has been disseminated to date, click here. Read more about the National Center’s social work education program here.

Faculty interested in teaching Core Concepts to secure a commitment from their school that the course will be offered. In preparation for teaching, faculty attend an orientation webinar, receive a faculty facilitator manual, and participate in a learning collaborative which includes nine pre-scheduled calls beginning in October (faculty preparing to teach during the summer or fall may participate in several additional calls). Learning collaboratives are organized by course, are coordinated by experienced faculty, and include training problem-based learning and the curriculum. Faculty also are invited to join a peer network that promotes resource sharing and communication.

Replicate the Full Educational Model
Is your school of social work interested in replicating all or part of the National Center’s full educational model (read more about the “Upstream Model” here)? A growing number of schools are implementing the full educational model (view a complete list of “partner schools” here). Interested schools, where available, will be matched with NCTSN affiliated community-based agencies that deliver trauma treatment services to children and adolescents and introduced to current partner schools to learn from their experience. Partner schools participate in a national network that facilitates implementation of the upstream model. Partner school faculty participate in a faculty learning collaborative (read more above) that prepares them to teach Core Concepts of Child and Adolescent Trauma.