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Core Concepts in Child and Adolescent Trauma

Colorful house in Buenos Aires

Program Faculty:

  • Diane Mirabito, DSW, MA, BA, Clinical Associate Professor of Social Work

Program Costs:

  • Tuition and Fees: Graduate tuition and fees, paid directly to the Bursar.
  • Insurance: $35.10. In-country insurance ($6) and enrollment in GeoBlue insurance ($29.10) is required for all students traveling outside of the United States for an NYU course. The Office of Global and Lifelong Learning will enroll all students in insurance.
  • Estimated Housing: Students book their own accommodations for this course, with guidance from the Office of Global and Lifelong Learning.
  • Estimated Airfare to Buenos Aires: $1,200 estimated from NYC, subject to booking date.
  • Meals: A welcome or farewell dinner will be provided. Students are responsible for additional meals.
  • Excursions: Tours of the Memorial Museum and Remembrence Park as a part of the course content, plus additional options activities for students to choose from. 2019 figures TBA (2018 was ~$100 for required activities and a maximum of $30 for optional activities; we expect rates for this year to be very similar).
  • All personal expenses are additional.

About the program

  • Dates of Courses: January 2019 (final dates TBA soon)
  • Total Credits: 3 elective credits
  • Passport: Must be valid at date of entry; must have at least 1 blank page
  • Note on Field Placement: January program credits count toward spring semester credit allotments and financial aid. Students with field placements must obtain permission from their faculty advisors and agency field instructors to miss field dates for a January course. Students must make up all missed field dates at another time during the year.

This three-credit elective course will prepare MSW students for trauma-informed evidence-based practice by enhancing students' empathic understanding of trauma from the child's perspective and learning how trauma influences the child's life. The course focus is on the impact of trauma on the child, adolescent, and family, and provides a foundation for assessment, crisis intervention, and intervention. The curriculum is based on twelve guiding core concepts about trauma and utilizes a problem-based learning approach, in which in-depth case studies about the impact of trauma are presented so that students experience "real" cases as they actually unfold in practice. The cases focus on child and adolescents, aged 18 months to 13 years, from a variety of ethnic and racial groups representing urban and rural environments, and illustrate a number of different trauma types, including interpersonal trauma such as physical, emotional, and sexual abuse; witness to both stranger and domestic violence; and disasters. The Problem-Based Learning approach used in this course involves students in active, collaborative, and team-orientated self-directed learning.

Study Abroad Application and Registration Process

To apply for this program, you must complete the Study Abroad Course Application. The Study Abroad Course Application requires that you upload your current resume and the Study Abroad Essay Questions* for the particular program to which you are applying into the application, along with a copy of your passport photo page (if you already have a passport and it is applicable to the program).

*To obtain a copy of the file, please visit the essay folder or email Stephanie Kaplan. You will need to be logged in to your NYU email account to access the folder. If you are denied access, check to see which email address it's denying. If you are logged in to another Gmail account, you may need to log out and only be logged in to your NYU email account for access. Make sure that you are obtaining a copy of the correct file for the program to which you are applying. When submitting this file, you should use the file name already set up, adding your name as follows: 'StudyAbroadEssayQuestions_BuenosAires_Smith,John'

To begin an application for this course:
  1. Log in to NYU Home
  2. Click on the 'Academics' tab
  3. Click on the 'Albert Login' button
  4. Click on the ‘Other Resources’ tab at the top of the screen
  5. Click on the 'Application Center' link (second column)
  6. Scroll down to where you see 'Silver Global Programs' and click on the 'Apply' link to the right
  7. Follow the application instructions found at the top of the page
Important notes:
  • Application deadline: November 18, 2018
  • Applications cannot be saved and must be completed in one session. Make sure you have all the necessary materials before beginning the application.
  • Applicants will get a confirmation email if submission was successful; please try not to submit more than one application for each program.
  • Decisions are made on a rolling basis and at the discretion of the faculty member. This means that students who apply or are admitted earlier will receive decisions earlier and the course may fill up before the application deadline.
Once an application has been reviewed, the applicant will receive a decision email.  The applicant will then be able to accept or decline her/his seat in the program.


Applicants who accept their seats in the program will receive additional next-steps and will be enrolled in the course from the Office of Global and Lifelong Learning.  Students do not self-register for global programs.

Buenos Aires Scholarship Application

A limited number of $1,000 global program scholarships are available to
NYU Silver students participating in short-term Silver courses abroad
(i.e., non-domestic programs).  These scholarships are intended to
defray the costs of travel and enable students who may not otherwise be
able to participate an opportunity to experience an NYU Silver study
abroad courses.   

To apply, submit an application form:

Application deadline: November 18, 2018

For General Inquiries Contact

Stephanie Kaplan
Assistant Director, Office of Global and Lifelong Learning

For Course Content Inquiries Contact

Diane Mirabito
Clinical Associate Professor of Social Work