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Trauma-Informed, resiliency-based, and Interprofessional Practice Sequence

Do you want to build expertise and advance your career through graduate-level instruction focused on resiliency-based approaches that are trauma-informed, restorative, and collaborative?

UVM’s College of Education and Social Services offers trauma-informed and resiliency-based coursework through a variety of hybrid-online formats tailored for teachers, social workers, counselors, and other health and human service professionals. Taken individually or as a sequence, the program will focus on learning applied approaches to working with children, families, and communities affected by trauma and adverse life experiences and allow you to:

  • Learn how to build trauma-informed, resilience-fostering schools and organizations that can enhance academic success, social-emotional well-being, and positive youth development.
  • Gain new skills that harness interdisciplinary collaboration to build resilience and impact trauma and adversity.
  • Build a toolkit of evidence-informed strategies for effectively engaging children, youth, and families within and beyond school walls.
  • Earn credits that may be applied to graduate degrees in education or social services at the University of Vermont.

A limited number of scholarships are available for students that enroll in the Fall 2019 and/or Spring 2020 courses. For further information please contact Dr. Jessica Strolin-Goltzman at


EDSP 295: The Trauma Lens: Understanding core concepts of trauma and resiliency

This course will provide students with theoretical foundation and conceptual frameworks that relate to building resilience for children, youth, and families who have experienced trauma and adversity. This fully online course aims to help in-service and pre-service professionals in child welfare, health/mental health, and schools gain a common language and knowledge base that will support the use of collaborative, family-engaged, and trauma-responsive practice. (online)

EDSP 332: Trauma-informed, resiliency-based, and interprofessional practices in schools and social service agencies

Building off content presented in 330 or 331, this course will focus in on the interprofessional nature of creating trauma-informed, resiliency-fostering schools and human service environments. Learning activities will engage students in understanding and applying skills related to family-school-community partnerships, secondary trauma and self-care, cultural humility, and restorative practice. (hybrid online; On-Campus one Friday per month. On-Campus dates on campus are: 9/6, 10/4, 11/8, and 12/6 from 8:30 - 4:30pm)

EDCI/EDSP 331: Society, stress and brain

This online course familiarizes students with brain development and the learning process in the context of complex social conditions such as poverty, instability, and fear. This course is particularly relevant for educators and human service professionals who wish to explore the different methods of interaction and discourse that relate to the locus of control and agency. (online)

EDSP 333: Trauma-informed systems change in schools and human service agencies

This course will focus on trauma-informed systems change in schools and human service organizations. Building on implementation science, it will provide students with a conceptual framework addressing the strategic process of managing change that is trauma-responsive and encourages collaborative learning climate for its employees. This course will bring students through a process of assessing, installing, and implementing new trauma-informed and evidence-based practices that support schools, families and communities. (hybrid online; one Friday per month)

EDSP 334: Trauma-informed & evidence-based practices with children and families

This course will focus on trauma-informed and evidence-based practices with children and families. Students in this course will be introduced to evidence-informed interventions aimed at improving social-emotional well-being for children and youth who have experienced trauma and adversity. By the end of the course, students will leave with a toolbox of knowledge, practice, and skills they can apply to their direct practice with children, youth, and families in education and social service agencies. (hybrid online; one Friday per month)