National Center for Social Work Trauma Education and Workforce Development

Student with Children at Community Party

The National Center for Social Work Trauma Education and Workforce Development, established in 2009, prepares social workers for trauma informed and evidence-based trauma treatment.

A partnership between Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service (GSS) and the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, the National Center furthers our mission through collaborative work with schools of social work and community agencies and with national partners including the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) trauma treatment developers, the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), and the National Implementation Science Resource Network (NIRN).

The National Center for Social Work Trauma:

  • Has disseminated its Core Concepts course to more than 650 schools of social work and over 100 faculty.

  • Has a Certificate program in Trauma specialization for MSW students.

  • Is establishing a full educational model at a growing number of partner schools complete with specialized coursework in trauma, training in an evidence-based trauma treatment, and field instruction in the same evidence based trauma treatment during the advanced year of the MSW program.

  • Collaborates with NCTSN to disseminate the Core Curriculum on Childhood Trauma and associated educational products, and in partnership with NIRN works with select partner schools and their local community agencies to enhance agency readiness for implementation of trauma-informed and evidence-based trauma treatment practices.