Social Work Crisis and Trauma Specialization
The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) with a concentration in Crisis and Trauma provides students with a solid foundation in theory and research pertaining to crisis, abuse, and trauma. The curriculum’s focus ranges from immediate crisis assessment, intervention, and management to more specific issues; child abuse prevention and treatment, partner violence, and investigating the impact of trauma for individuals and families.

Students are to complete the major requirements as well as the following courses in crisis and trauma: PY 430, PY 440, SW 420, and PY 488. Prior to taking these courses, students must complete the following prerequisites: PY 285 or SW 302.

With approval, transfer students may submit a transfer course for one of the above. A minimum of 9 credits in crisis and trauma must be taken at Carlow University. 

Social Work with Crisis and Trauma Specialization

Degree: Bachelor of Social Work
Location: Oakland Main Campus  


SW 420: The Impact of Trauma

This course introduces the student to the field of psychological trauma. The course will be composed of lectures, discussions, guest speakers and videos. It will provide the student with an understanding of the various types of trauma and treatment, trauma theory, the impact of trauma on the mind, body, and spirit, and the historical development of trauma as a clinical entity. Students will gain an appreciation of the depth of trauma and trauma reactions in the fields of social work and psychology.

SW 430: Crisis Intervention

An introduction to the various types of crisis situations practitioners may encounter. In addition, the course will offer various techniques and provide presentations on a variety of components needed to assist the student in understanding the concepts of crisis intervention. Crisis events can occur in a variety of ways, and as practitioners, how we deal with these events can make the difference between healing and hindrance. Emphasis will be upon a general understanding of the implications of techniques to modify, manage, and cope with crisis situations.

note: this is just a small sample of the variety of classes you'll be taking. for more details about these classes and more, please visit the Course Catalog section of our website.