Social Work + Trauma Practice Certificate

The Master of Social Work (MSW)+ Trauma Practice Certificate program provides students with an opportunity to increase their knowledge and competency in working with populations that have been impacted by trauma.

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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.

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.

This program plan is only for students who start Fall 2019 and after.

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 scheduling to accommodate working professionals; however, not all program requirements can be met in the evening. 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. 

See the full program plan.

This program plan is only for students who start Fall 2019 and after.

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  • Masters
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Melinda Gushwa

  • Associate Professor of Social Work and Director of the MSW Program