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Psychol Trauma. 2019 Dec 19. doi: 10.1037/tra0000540. [Epub ahead of print]

Building a trauma-informed national mental health workforce: Learning outcomes from use of the core curriculum on childhood trauma in multidisciplinary practice settings.

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1
National Child Trauma Workforce Institute (NCTWI).
2
UCLA/Duke University National Center for Child Traumatic Stress.
3
National Child Trauma Workforce Institute.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The impact of trauma on mental and physical health has long been recognized as a significant public health issue, yet there has been little unanimity about how to best develop a trauma-capable national workforce. The Core Curriculum on Childhood Trauma (CCCT) is being used to train a wide variety of mental health professionals and child-serving staff; however, prior data on its effectiveness have been limited to small pilot studies with master's in social work students.

METHOD:

We used 1,908 retrospective pre-post-training evaluations collected from 168 CCCT trainings delivered in multidisciplinary or practice settings between October 2016 and August 2019.

RESULTS:

CCCT participants reported high levels of satisfaction and statistically significant change between pre- and postscores for 8 self-reported child trauma skills (p < .001), with effect sizes ranging from .78 to 1.45.

CONCLUSIONS:

The consistency of positive outcomes across a wide variety of training formats and audiences demonstrates that the CCCT can be implemented successfully in diverse practice settings and thus can be a useful tool for building a trauma-capable, multidisciplinary national mental health workforce. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved).

PMID:
31855008
DOI:
10.1037/tra0000540

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