Trauma-Focused Intern Training

Trauma Focused Internship


CTCS’s Trauma- focused Intern Training furthers the Alliance for Inclusion and Prevention’s existing collaboration with local university partners to increase the number of clinical interns who are being trained and supervised in the best methods to help students with traumatic stress. The program offers training, supervision and consultation in various evidence-based practices (EBPs) to MSW students and their field instructors, geared to treating childhood traumatic stress in school settings. The intern training program will develop a workforce with the range of skills and knowledge needed to shape trauma –sensitive school environments.

CTCS provides a one year training to interns with the opportunity to:

  • Develop clinical skills in trauma treatment for children
  • Gain experience providing school-based behavioral health services
  • Learn how to deliver evidence-based treatments
  • Participate in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network
  • Earn a certificate as a trauma specialist

Intern Training Elements:

  • Interns will carry a caseload as required by their graduate program
  • Interns will receive training and supervision in evidence-based practices from CTCS trauma consultants.
  • Interns will attend a treatment consultation team weekly via video conferencing which will combine training, case presentation and consultation on trauma and trauma-related anxiety cases

Training will provide an intern a comprehensive orientation to the district school system and school-based mental health counseling.  The intern will be trained in a number of evidenced-based practices, including Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Systems Therapy, Core Curriculum on Childhood Trauma, Verbal De-escalation Techniques, that can be brought to a placement setting. Additional training in Secondary Traumatic Stress, Trauma-sensitive Yoga and Mindfulness will be provided.  Interns and their field supervisors are offered training in CBITS (Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools), an evidenced-based, group trauma treatment designed for use in urban schools. Training in Bounce Back, the CBITS adaptation for elementary-aged students (K-5), is also offered. Attendance at these two trainings may total 12-18 CEUs and they are provided free of charge to field supervisors.

CTCS provides support and trauma consultation to interns and field supervisors through AIP’s independently licensed clinicians. The trauma consultant offers support for the ongoing implementation of the various treatment modalities in which interns have been trained. The trauma consultant will assist the intern in preparing for two case presentations an intern will participate in using the one-hour videoconference case consultation/training.

Trainings have been designed with the support of the graduate schools of social work and will occur on placement days in September and October. Upon the completion of the orientation training, each student will then participate in weekly one hour video conferencing calls, with a focus on trauma. Field supervisors are welcome to attend these sessions.

Certificate Guideline:

To receive a certificate and a letter detailing the evidenced-based practice that has been completed, interns must:

  • Complete the orientation trainings listed on the training timeline (20 hours)
  • Attend and participate on 80% of the weekly one-hour video conferencing calls. Make up assignments will be required for sessions that are missed.
  • Present two case presentations on the video conferencing calls
  • Attend additional training dates in January 2019 when graduate classes are not in session in CBITS and Core Curriculum on Childhood Trauma

The Training Calendar for the 2018-2019 school year can be viewed here.

Clinical Internship Training Components

Welcome to the CTCS Internship. Clinical interns will be provided an overview of the internship in school-based mental health with a specialization in treating trauma in a school setting

2 hours

The CTCS Field Placement trainings listed below are OPTIONAL for intern participation in SY 2019-2020

CBITS: A school-based group treatment model (10 sessions). Skills-based, focused on symptom reduction for ages 10-15. Field supervisor must also be trained for interns to participate 6 hours each day

Total=12 hours