Meeting the critical need for trauma education in social work: A problem-based learning approach

Virginia C. Strand, Robert Abramovitz, Christopher M. Layne, Howard Robinson, Ineke Way

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Abstract

There is a growing imperative to prepare MSW social work students for trauma-informed evidence-based practice. Given strong recommendations and promising developments within social work education and practice in this regard, a clinical elective for the advanced-year MSW student that combines the guiding principles of trauma theory and problem-based learning was created. This article describes the course objectives, structure, and format and reports on an evaluation based on 7 (total) offerings of the course by 4 different schools of social work. The course methodology was found to be effective in all schools in significantly increasing students self-confidence in working with traumatized children, adolescents, and their families. Implications for social work education are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)120-135
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Social Work Education
Volume50
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes

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