Trauma-Focused Intern Training

Trauma Focused Internship

Alliance for Inclusion and Prevention (AIP) received a 5-year federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in collaboration with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), to create the Center for Trauma Care in Schools. The Center focuses on training mental health clinicians and interns in evidence-based practices (EBPs) for trauma, and also trains school staff in trauma’s effects on teaching and learning, and how to create more trauma-informed school environments.  MultipleAIP staff have been certified as regional and national trainers in EBPs.

 Trauma- Focused Intern Training(T-FIT) 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 evidenced-based practices to social work and counseling interns 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.

T-FIT 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


    Training Components:

    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: Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for trauma-related anxiety (Coping CAT and the C.A.T. Project), Motivational Interviewing, Core Curriculum on Childhood Trauma, and Verbal De-escalation Techniques. Additional training in conducting school-based groups, Secondary Traumatic Stress, Trauma-sensitive Yoga and Mindfulness will be offered.

    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.

    Certificate Requirement:

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

    • Attend the mandatory trainings= 16 hours
    • Attend additional two out of five optional trainings
    • Attend and participate on 80% of the biweekly one-hour video conferencing calls.
    • Present two case presentations on the video conferencing calls.

    Training Elements:

    • Interns will carry a caseload as required by their graduate program
    • Interns will receive training and implementation supervision of evidence-based practices from CTCS trauma consultants. Trauma consultation to interns and field supervisors is provided through AIP’s independently licensed clinicians.
    • Interns will attend a treatment consultation team bi-weekly via video conferencing which will combine training, case presentation and consultation on trauma and trauma-related anxiety cases

    Quotes from Participants


    “ I think AIP did a great job at offering many tools and skills for implementing in schools. For me, I want to practice more to be more confident in my abilities to execute what I have been taught.”


    “I loved suggestions for specific activities I could do with kids to implement the concepts discussed.”


    “It can be helpful to hear what others did in difficult situations to better address a similar situation.”


    “I am excited to implement the material learned in the training on verbal de-escalation techniques. I feel my experience at my placement was heard and I can look at it through my lens.”


    “Very engaging and appreciated the interactive examples/demonstrations of how actually engaging a student looks like.”

    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