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 and also complete SW 528a Trauma Practice with Children and Adolescents and SW528b Trauma Practice with Adults and Families. In addition students take one generalist elective and one advanced elective. Elective choices are listed on the Certificate Program Plan.

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    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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    Gary Bailey

    • Assistant Dean for Community Engagement and Social Justice, Professor of Practice of Social Work and Director of Urban Leadership Program
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    Hugo Kamya

    • Social Work Alumni Fund Endowed Chair and Professor
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    Diane Zipoli

    • Assoc. Prof. of Practice & Asst. Director of Field Education