Institute for Trauma Treatment in Schools (ITTS)

Institute for Trauma Treatment in Schools (ITTS)


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ITTS was created in partnership between Simmon University's School of Social Work and the Alliance for Inclusion and Prevention to provide training resources for professionals in trauma-informed care. In order to provide training to the widest audience possible, ITTS offers online evidence-informed training to MSW students (pre-service) through Simmons University, and to current practitioners (in-service) through AIP staff and consultants.

The in-service course is presented asynchronously in two parts; Course 1: Foundations "Understanding Trauma and its Impact on Teaching & Learning" and Course 2: Practical Applications "Providing Evidence-Based Treatments in Schools and Trauma-Informed Care for Special Populations". A training certificate is awarded to those who complete each part of the course.  And Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) are available for social workers who complete the requirements.

The project also provides training in several evidence-based treatments for childhood trauma, including Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) and Bounce Back for younger students, Supporting Transition Resilience of Newcomer Groups (STRONG) for newcomers, Trauma Systems Therapy, Core Concepts of Childhood Trauma, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Exposure for Trauma-Related Anxiety, and Professional Resilience and Mindfulness. Recruitment strategies aim to reach school-based practitioners in rural and under-served communities with the goal of providing training to those who serve children who may not otherwise receive adequate care. Training of current school-based practitioners will be reinforced through professional support networks. To determine the effectiveness of ITTS training, participants complete skill-based knowledge tests, assessments of self-efficacy, standardized assessments, and satisfaction surveys. ITTS is funded through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in collaboration with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN).

AIP's is a National Center for Trauma Care in Schools, as designated by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Our partnership with the National Childhood Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) provides us with resources such as the NCTSN) Framework for a Trauma-Informed School.

AIP also has experience supporting school staff in developing mindfulness programs including our Mindful Moments Rooms. Schools that implement Mindful Moments Rooms receive training on developing students' self-awareness and self-regulation skills.



FREE Online Training Resources for Practicing Clinicians

The Institute for Trauma Treatment in Schools (ITTS) online course offering is a 2 part course comprised of: 

Course 1: Foundations "Understanding Trauma and its Impact on Teaching & Learning"

Course 1 focuses on examining trauma, how it effects youth, and strategies for treating trauma within a school context.  Simmons is also offering Continuing Education Units (CEU) for social work licensure, for the completion of Course 1 (8 CEUs in total).  For Course 1 you must complete all 8 sessions to receive CEUs.  An introductory video to Course 1 is available below.

Course 2: Practical Applications "Providing Evidence-Based Treatments in Schools and Trauma-Informed Care for Special Populations"

Course 2 focuses on how to apply your knowledge of trauma treatments in a school setting, and offers courses aimed at examining how trauma effects a number of different specific populations that you might encounter in your work.  Simmons is offering Continuing Education Units (CEU) for social work licensure, for the completion of each individual module (up to 12 CEUs in total).  You can take whichever individual sessions best fit your needs as a mental health practitioner

Both courses are FREE to take, and you can register for the courses and find full detailed descriptions of all of the sessions and presenters below through Simmons on-line learning platform.

Participants will also be invited to participate in a university study of the effectiveness of the course if they so chose.  We are encouraging course takers to take part in the evaluation if they are able, as it helps us to create better and more useful resources for practioners doing this very important work.

 

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