The MSW with Certificate in Trauma Practice provides students with an opportunity to increase their knowledge and competency in working with populations that have been impacted by trauma. 

The Certificate in Trauma Practice will prepare graduates for practice opportunities with a variety of populations in multiple settings including: schools and universities, community mental health centers, immigrant & refugee centers, the legal justice and prison systems, inpatient & outpatient hospitalization programs, and psychotherapeutic settings with children, adults, couples, families and groups.

    Melinda Gushwa
    • Melinda Gushwa
    • Associate Professor - SW
    • Phone: 617-521-3921
    • Office: P404G
Full-Time Program

Students earning the certificate in trauma practice must complete all regular MSW program requirements.

Students must also take two of the following clinical electives:

  • Crisis Intervention with Children & Adolescents (SW418) 
  • Understanding Suicide (SW 464)
  • Domestic Violence (SW 482)
  • Multiple Faces of Trauma (SW 494)
  • Clinical Practice with Immigrants & Refugees (SW 557)
  • Social Work for Play Therapy (SW 566)
  • Social Work Practice with Disorders of Dissociation (SW 576)
  • Attachment & Neurobiology (SW 582)

Students in the MSW with Certificate in Trauma Practice program are encouraged to take the Leadership in Anti-Violence Work Social Action Course.

See the full program plan.

Part-Time Extended Program

The Extended-Study Program offers students the option to expand a two-year program into two-and-a-half, three or four years. The first year of the Program could be called part-time, as students devote two days a week to classes and study. Simmons offers flexible evening and Saturday scheduling to accommodate working professionals; however, not all program requirements can be met in the evening or on Saturdays. In the subsequent years, students must plan four or five days per week for classes and field placements. Most students complete the program in three years. Note: A limited number of 16 hour per week/11 month placements are available to students in the Full-Time and Extended Programs.

See the full program plan.

Field Placement
SSW students receive exceptional professional training at more than 300 field placement sites throughout New England, ranging from schools and hospitals to government agencies and private organizations. Here are some of our field placement partners:
  • Alliance for Inclusion and Prevention
  • Andover Public Schools
  • Big Sister Association
  • Boston Juvenile Court Clinic
  • Boston Public Schools
  • Children's Charter
  • Department of Children and Families
  • Framingham State College
  • Friends of the Children Boston
  • Jewish Family and Children's Services
  • Home for Little Wanderers

*Note: Students wishing to apply to this program retroactively must do so prior to January 1st of their first field placement.

How to Apply

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