Curriculum

UVM’s trauma-informed, resiliency-based and inter-professional graduate courses are designed for teachers, educational leaders, school counselors, mental health clinicians, social workers, child welfare workers, and health professionals in Vermont and out-of-state. Students will receive a specialization in trauma-informed, resiliency-based, and inter-professional practices. The courses will provide targeted instruction on trauma-responsive, positive behavioral and restorative approaches. This instruction aims to enhance social-emotional and behavioral well-being and promote positive organizational climates.

Benefits:

  • Convenient online and hybrid course format.
  • Earn graduate course credits that may serve as elective coursework towards Master’s Degree programs like Special Education (non-endorsement pathway), Curriculum & Instruction, or Educational Leadership.
  • Course credit may be used to earn CEUs to maintain your professional licensure.
  • Learn from accomplished faculty with experience in schools, child welfare, mental health, research, and state government.
  • Build a network of colleagues working across disciplines and professions .

GRADUATE COURSE SEQUENCE

Courses may be taken individually or as a sequence. Register for one course from each of the focal areas (Foundational, Integrated and Applied).

Foundational Integrated Applied
EDSP 330 - The Trauma Lens: Understanding core concepts of trauma and resiliency

OR

EDCI/EDSP 331: Society, stress and brain

EDSP 332: Trauma-informed, resiliency based, and interprofessional practices in schools and social service agencies EDSP 333: Trauma-informed systems change in schools and human service agencies

OR

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

Students completing this graduate course sequence will:

  • Learn to effectively partner with children, youth, families, and professionals from other disciplines to enhance resilience and well-being in those affected by trauma and adversity
  • Understand how social and cultural factors influence how children experience, identify, interpret, and respond to traumatic events
  • Understand the relationship between trauma, behavior, brain development, and learning
  • Gain skills in evidence-informed practices including RPC+TIPS, PBIS, MTSS, PCIT, and TF-CBT
  • Recognize the signs of secondary traumatic stress among professionals and caregivers and learn prevention and coping strategies

CURRICULUM AND COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

SUMMER 2019

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)

FALL 2019

EDSP 330: The Trauma Lens

This course provides students with the theoretical foundation and conceptual frameworks that relate to building resilience for children, youth and families who have experienced trauma and adversity. For in-service and pre-service professionals in child welfare, health/mental health, and education. (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; one Friday per month)

SPRING 2020

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)