Learn evidence-based treatments for working with victims of complex trauma. Then put your skills into practice working with adolescents in the community.

According to the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), more than two-thirds of young people up to age 16 have experienced a traumatic event such as physical, emotional or sexual abuse, witnessing violence or surviving a catastrophic occurrence. Many adolescents have been exposed to multiple traumas. But mental-health professionals often lack the knowledge of how to identify and treat these teens.

To fill the need for a skilled trauma workforce, the Adelphi University School of Social Work established a new program in 2012: the Institute for Adolescent Trauma Treatment and Training.

As a graduate student in the School of Social Work, you’ll have the opportunity to attend workshops alongside experienced mental-health professionals, where you’ll learn best-practices trauma-informed therapies: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS). Then you can implement your newly acquired trauma treatment skills in your field placement working with adolescents in such settings as MercyFirst, one of the largest residential youth programs in New York.

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