Learn how to best help victims of crisis and trauma
Build a foundation in theory and research pertaining to crisis,
abuse, and trauma in the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) with a
concentration in Crisis and Trauma. The curriculum's focus ranges
from immediate crisis assessment, intervention, and management to
more specific issues; child abuse prevention and treatment, partner
violence, and investigating the impact of trauma for individuals
Students are to complete the major requirements as well as the following courses in crisis and trauma: PY 430, PY 440, SW 420, and PY 488. Prior to taking these courses, students must complete the following prerequisites: PY 285 or SW 302.
With approval, transfer students may submit a transfer course for one of the above. A minimum of 9 credits in crisis and trauma must be taken at Carlow University.
Where Our Graduates Go
This is a small sample of where Carlow's social work graduates have continued their careers:
- Pittsburgh Mercy Health Systems
- Allegheny County Children Youth and Families
- Children, Youth and Family (CYF)
- Bethlehem Haven
- Excela Health Care
SW 420: The Impact of Trauma
This course introduces the student to the field of psychological
trauma. The course will be composed of lectures, discussions, guest
speakers and videos. It will provide the student with an
understanding of the various types of trauma and treatment, trauma
theory, the impact of trauma on the mind, body, and spirit, and the
historical development of trauma as a clinical entity. Students
will gain an appreciation of the depth of trauma and trauma
reactions in the fields of social work and psychology.
SW 430: Crisis Intervention
An introduction to the various types of crisis situations
practitioners may encounter. In addition, the course will offer
various techniques and provide presentations on a variety of
components needed to assist the student in understanding the
concepts of crisis intervention. Crisis events can occur in a
variety of ways, and as practitioners, how we deal with these
events can make the difference between healing and hindrance.
Emphasis will be upon a general understanding of the implications
of techniques to modify, manage, and cope with crisis
SW 440: Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment
This course is designed to familiarize students with child abuse
in its multiple forms. Students will have the opportunity to learn
the many signs and symptoms of child maltreatment that manifest in
both childhood and adulthood, and will investigate poisonous
pedagogy, open/closed family systems, and the impact of shame on
our lives. Students will have an opportunity to gain an in-depth
understanding of the types of child abuse as well as the signs and
behaviors associated with each type.
For a more detailed curriculum, please visit the
course catalog section of our website, or request more
information to talk to an admissions representative.