Trauma Responsive Social Work (SW)

Trauma Responsive Social Work is a Program of Study. You must be accepted first to Crown Family School's Social Work, Social Policy, and Social Administration (SW) program and then by the Program of Study. Crown Family School students apply to Programs of Study during their first year.


The Trauma Responsive Social Work (TRSW) seeks to create a community of trauma-responsive learners and practitioners. Students from administrative and clinical concentrations are welcome to apply. The central goal is to become practiced with trauma-responsive work, meaning students feel more competent, confident, and responsive to trauma-based needs in clients, in whichever context they may encounter them. The Trauma POS aims to support students in the values, principles and skills that organize the behavior of practitioners using neurobiological, contextual, and interpersonal skills. Emphasis is placed on four goals:

  1. Developing a perspective on trauma work that emphasizes adaptation over diagnosis.
  2. Working from a strengths-based framework that assesses structural and interpersonal barriers, both currently and historically, that impact the client system.
  3. Practicing trauma conceptualization from a neurobiological perspective of how trauma shows up in the body and mind.
  4. Modeling a community-based response by engaging together, in and out of settings beyond the academic space.

Learning will occur through multiple methods including structured consultation meetings, brown bag speaker sessions, specialized field placements and seminar, and site visits.


Required courses for the program will include:
(44222) Youth Trauma Work: Integrating Neurobiology and Anti-Adultism in Contextual Practice 
(63012) Intergroup dialogue 

A minimum of 3 activities will be planned through the year that include:

  • A meeting in spring quarter to welcome new POS students
  • A monthly consultation meeting for POS students
  • A monthly field seminar for POS students with a dedicated trauma-informed Field Consultant
  • Option to attend a trauma conference/event during the year, schedules permitting

There will also be field seminars specific to the POS with a dedicated field consultant who will work in coordination with POS faculty. This will allow students to get exposure to and consult with each other regarding a wide variety of clinical settings and presenting problems.

Career Opportunities

Students will develop their professional identity as trauma-responsive and will benefit from increased exposure to community based trauma work, and marketability upon graduation. This program provides opportunities to build community among students and faculty with interest/knowledge in structural, interpersonal, and embodied trauma.

Application Process

Please follow the Crown Family School deadlines for POS applications. Both the general POS application and the specific Trauma POS questions should be submitted in order to apply.


Shipra S. Parikh, PhD, LCSW
S. Simmons, PhD