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Using the core curriculum on childhood trauma to strengthen clinical knowledge in evidence-based practitioners.

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Layne, CM; Strand, V; Popescu, M; Kaplow, JB; Abramovitz, R; Stuber, M; Amaya-Jackson, L; Ross, L; Pynoos, RS
Published in: J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol
2014

The high prevalence of trauma exposure in mental health service-seeking populations, combined with advances in evidence-based practice, competency-based training, common-elements research, and adult learning make this an opportune time to train the mental health workforce in trauma competencies. The Core Curriculum on Childhood Trauma (CCCT) utilizes a five-tiered conceptual framework (comprising Empirical Evidence, Core Trauma Concepts, Intervention Objectives, Practice Elements, and Skills), coupled with problem-based learning, to build foundational trauma knowledge and clinical reasoning skills. We present findings from three studies: Study 1 found that social work graduate students' participation in a CCCT course (N = 1,031) was linked to significant pre-post increases in self-reported confidence in applying core trauma concepts to their clinical work. Study 2 found significant pre-post increases in self-reported conceptual readiness (N = 576) and field readiness (N = 303) among social work graduate students participating in a "Gold Standard Plus" educational model that integrated classroom instruction in core trauma concepts, training in evidence-based trauma treatment (EBTT), and implementation of that EBTT in a supervised field placement. Students ranked the core concepts course as an equivalent or greater contributor to field readiness compared to standard EBTT training. Study 3 used qualitative methods to "distill" common elements (35 intervention objectives, 59 practice elements) from 26 manualized trauma interventions. The CCCT is a promising tool for educating "next-generation" evidence-based practitioners who possess competencies needed to implement modularized, individually tailored trauma interventions by strengthening clinical knowledge, clinical reasoning, and familiarity with common elements.

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J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol

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EISSN

1537-4424

Publication Date

2014

Volume

43

Issue

2

Start / End Page

286 / 300

Location

England

Related Subject Headings

  • Workforce
  • Students
  • Psychiatric Nursing
  • Mental Health Services
  • Humans
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Developmental & Child Psychology
  • Curriculum
  • Competency-Based Education
 

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Layne, C. M., Strand, V., Popescu, M., Kaplow, J. B., Abramovitz, R., Stuber, M., … Pynoos, R. S. (2014). Using the core curriculum on childhood trauma to strengthen clinical knowledge in evidence-based practitioners. J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol, 43(2), 286–300. https://doi.org/10.1080/15374416.2013.865192
Layne, Christopher M., Virginia Strand, Marciana Popescu, Julie B. Kaplow, Robert Abramovitz, Margaret Stuber, Lisa Amaya-Jackson, Leslie Ross, and Robert S. Pynoos. “Using the core curriculum on childhood trauma to strengthen clinical knowledge in evidence-based practitioners.J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol 43, no. 2 (2014): 286–300. https://doi.org/10.1080/15374416.2013.865192.
Layne CM, Strand V, Popescu M, Kaplow JB, Abramovitz R, Stuber M, et al. Using the core curriculum on childhood trauma to strengthen clinical knowledge in evidence-based practitioners. J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol. 2014;43(2):286–300.
Layne, Christopher M., et al. “Using the core curriculum on childhood trauma to strengthen clinical knowledge in evidence-based practitioners.J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol, vol. 43, no. 2, 2014, pp. 286–300. Pubmed, doi:10.1080/15374416.2013.865192.
Layne CM, Strand V, Popescu M, Kaplow JB, Abramovitz R, Stuber M, Amaya-Jackson L, Ross L, Pynoos RS. Using the core curriculum on childhood trauma to strengthen clinical knowledge in evidence-based practitioners. J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol. 2014;43(2):286–300.

Published In

J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol

DOI

EISSN

1537-4424

Publication Date

2014

Volume

43

Issue

2

Start / End Page

286 / 300

Location

England

Related Subject Headings

  • Workforce
  • Students
  • Psychiatric Nursing
  • Mental Health Services
  • Humans
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Developmental & Child Psychology
  • Curriculum
  • Competency-Based Education