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Child Trauma Project

Program Description

The Child Trauma Program’s mission is to provide trauma-informed education and training, which is culturally sensitive, to Clinical students as they enter their second year of study. Social Work students learn and practice evidence based child trauma treatment, while community-based agencies and their field instructors supervise the students on the use of an evidence-based child trauma treatment approach. Trauma Fellows utilize a trauma-informed, evidence-based model in the form of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). 

Program Benefits

The GCSW’s Child Trauma Program is the only program of its kind in Texas. Trauma Fellows are selected prior to their second field placement assignment. For their second year internship, they are placed in an agency serving children and/or adolescents. Upon completion of the program, students will have received:

  • A framework for understanding trauma, trauma types and effects of trauma
  • An understanding of the significant impact trauma may have on children, adolescents, adults and older adults
  • A framework for understanding trauma informed and evidence- based skills necessary for effective trauma intervention
  • A second year field practicum/clinical experience which allows for practical application of evidence-based trauma treatment interventions with a targeted population within an agency recognized as a provider of trauma- focused treatment

Eligibility Requirements

Students are eligible to apply for the Child Trauma Program during the Spring semester of their second year. Students complete an application, attend information sessions, and interview for the highly competitive positions. During Field Marketplace students interview with programs affiliated with the Child Trauma Program. A selection process takes place that is a collaborative effort between the Child Trauma Program Director, the Field Office Director, and the affiliated agencies. Once placements have been agreed upon, students begin to fulfil the academic requirements and move into their field sites in the Fall semester.

Educational Components

  • Ten-Hour Online Training Course for Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) sponsored by the Medical University of South Carolina and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network
  • Course  - Core Concepts in Trauma Treatment for Children & Adolescents taught by Professor Amtsberg and Dr. Taylor (offered in a five day intensive module in the summer)
  • TF-CBT Training (2 day) delivered by a nationally Certified TF-CBT Trainer
  • Field Practicum experience at one of the identified program agencies
  • National and college program evaluation processes, consultative calls with nationally certified TF-CBT trainer, selected meetings, and all focused group/program/research activities

Instructions for How to Apply

All GCSW students interested in the Child Trauma Program will receive information about the program at the beginning of each Spring semester.  

Contact Information

Donna Amtsberg, LCSW
Clinical Assistant Professor
Director, Child Trauma Program
Graduate College of Social Work
3511 Cullen Blvd Room 110HA
Houston, TX 77204-4013