Core Concepts in Child and Adolescent Trauma

Colorful house in Buenos Aires

About the Course

FACULTY: Diane Mirabito, DSW, MA, BA, Clinical Professor of Social Work


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.

  • Dates: January 6 - 16, 2020 in Buenos Aires + a mandatory pre-departure meeting in NYC December 12, 2019 (4-6pm)
  • Credits: 3 elective credits
  • Note on Field Placement: 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.
  • Note on January Courses: January program credits count toward spring semester credit allotments but fall into the January term bill. NYU's Office of Financial Aid will have to be notified of your enrollment in a January course in order to allot any necessary spring financial aid toward the bill.


  • NYU Silver MSW students
  • NYU graduate students at other schools and non-NYU graduate students at other universities are considered on a space-available basis


  • Tuition and Fees: Graduate tuition and fees, paid directly to the Bursar.
  • Insurance: $70. In-country insurance ($6) and enrollment in GeoBlue insurance ($64) 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.
  • Activities: $130. Includes tours of the Memorial Museum and Remembrence Park, a welcome event, a tango lesson, and a visit to the Evita musuem.
  • All personal expenses are additional.

Study Abroad Application and Registration Process

For information on how to apply to this program, visit our Application and Registration Information page.

Application deadline: ***Deadline extended to November 8, 2019***

Buenos Aires Scholarship Application

To apply for a scholarship, visit our Scholarship Application page.

Application deadline: November 15, 2019


General Inquiries

Stephanie Kaplan
Assistant Director, Office of Global and Lifelong Learning


Diane Mirabito
Clinical Professor of Social Work