Abuse-Focused Child Therapy and the Helping Relationship

Course Number: 
44212

This course focuses on understanding the treatment of children who have experienced trauma, ranging from interpersonal forms of individual and family abuse to ongoing, complex traumas. Students will practice and strengthen clinical conceptualization skills informed by anti-adultism, attachment, developmental stages, and the social worker's orientation to power and identities. Modalities of treatment emphasized will include neurobiological, developmental, cultural, and attachment perspectives. These are balanced against the significant role of the social worker in treatment relationships with children, with particular emphasis on the social worker's own attachment and resulting response to trauma. This course is predicated on two principal ideas: 1) All social work with youth requires a trauma lens, and 2) We need to know ourselves in order to dismantle power dynamics with youth.