Trauma Informed Curriculum (view)

Units included with this Open Author resource:

Module 1: Trauma Healing
Learning goals:
Explain "Intersectional Cultural Identity" relative to rendering trauma-related services in culturally diverse settings., Identify three main focuses of Cultural Humility in all level of Trauma-Informed Practice
CSWEC Social Work Education, Trauma Informed Practice
Module 2: Understanding Stress and Trauma
Learning goals:
identify three main areas of assessment in regard to sustaining resilience in a trauma setting, List and describe self care concepts pertinent to mitigating the impact of chronic trauma exposure.
Module 3: Adaptive Ways of Addressing Trauma Across Cultural Differences
Learning goals:
Describe the difference between technical problems and adaptive challenges, Rate the degree of family involvement by comparing various trauma-related services
Module 4: Principles of Trauma Informed Care
Learning goals:
List and explain aspects of individual and organizational resilience, Identify differences between fight, flight and freeze responses to trauma triggers
Module 5: Developmental Perspective
Learning goals:
Explain the impact of childhood trauma over time, Identify adaptive and maladaptive coping strategies for trauma survivors
Module 6: Trauma-Informed Systems Change
Learning goals:
Define key concepts, characteristics, and principles related to trauma-informed systems, Identify possible questions and approaches for assessing current status of an organization / system in relation to trauma-informed systems changes., Compare strategies for facilitating trauma-informed changes in systems
Module 7: Creating Effective and Sustainable Trauma Informed Practice
Learning goals:
List the stages of the "Ladder of Inference", Identify the highest areas of risk for trauma exposure in the work place
Supplemental Curriculum Resource Reviews: Trauma-Informed Services and Systems


Modules related to trauma-informed practice and systems change developed through the SJSU School Work emphasize active and experiential learning. Although the modules were designed for use with intermediate (MSW program) audiences, they are easily be adapted to courses or trainings for beginning or advanced audiences. The modules may be used independently or in conjunction with existing publicly available didactic materials (see Curriculum Resource Review document for recommended materials). The modules were developed Ryan Pickrell, Principal and Owner of Family Restoration Consulting, with Laurie Drabble, Professor, San Jose State University School of Social Work, and include the following: 1) building resilience in the context of cultural humility, 2) self assessment, 3) adaptive ways of addressing trauma across cultural differences, 4) principles of trauma-informed care, 5) developmental perspectives, 6) trauma-informed systems change, and 7) creating effective and sustainable trauma-informed practice.