About Core Concepts of Child & Adolescent Trauma (CCCT)

Core Concepts of Child & Adolescent Trauma (CCCT) provides training to students in the classroom and in the field. 

There are two components of the CCCT Project: participation in either SW 990 or SW 718, and a field placement with a participating agency.

Through the integration of the CCCT course and field, students will gain an understanding of the necessity of effective trauma treatment for children and adolescents and related practice elements and skills. Students receive training in an evidence-based intervention for treating trauma in the child and adolescent population. 

SW 718 Core Concepts in Child and Adolescent Trauma

This course will introduce students to the core concepts (general theory and foundational knowledge) that inform evidence-based assessment and intervention with traumatized children and adolescents. Strength-based practice is highlighted, along with the identification of protective and promotive factors that foster resiliency and post-traumatic growth. 

Trauma is broadly defined and includes children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events including, but not limited to, natural disasters, war, abuse and neglect, medical trauma, and witnessing interpersonal crime (e.g. domestic violence). The course will highlights the role of development, culture and empirical evidence in trauma-specific interventions with children, adolescents and their families. It also addresses the level of functioning of primary caregiving environments and assess the capacity of the community to facilitate restorative processes.

Contact Clinical Professor Sue Green regarding the 3 credit Core Concepts in Child and Adolescent Trauma course, SW 718.

SW 990 Trauma Informed Child Welfare Practice

In this course, students apply the core concepts of trauma to the child welfare system. Students consider strategies for identifying protective factors to reduce the adverse impact of trauma for children and families in the child welfare system.

Trauma is broadly defined and includes children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events, such as abuse and neglect, witnessing interpersonal crime (e.g. domestic violence), experiencing community violence and other traumatic events. Using a unique case-based, hands-on learning approach (through problem-based learning), students work through detailed child welfare cases by applying the best evidence regarding the identification and impact of trauma on children and their families. Students will gain knowledge about the role of child development and culture in implementing trauma-specific assessments and interventions with children, youth and families in a child welfare context.

Contact Assistant Professor Annette Semanchin-Jones regarding the 3 credit Trauma Informed Child Welfare Practice course, SW 990.

Students should not plan to take both this course and SW 992 Core Concepts in Trauma Treatment for Children and Adolescents, as there is significant overlap.

Questions? Contact:

Susan Green


Clinical Professor


Annette Semanchin Jones


Assistant Professor