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Disaster and Collective Trauma Certificate (DaCT)

Certificate Overview

Disaster can strike unexpectedly, dramatically affecting households and families. Tulane University’s Disaster and Community Trauma Certificate prepares aspiring social workers to treat the psychological consequences of these types of crises. As one of the few disaster and collective trauma programs in the U.S., Tulane’s Disaster and Collective Trauma Certificate teaches students the skills required to make a substantial change in their own communities, assisting individuals with overcoming the trauma associated with surviving disasters large and small. Students who choose to pursue the Disaster and Collective Trauma Certificate tailor their education. The context of disaster and collective trauma uses an anti-oppressive lens with the coal of enhancing the wellbeing of diverse individuals, families, and communities.

Certificate Requirements

 Two mandatory electives
 FEMA Certification in Introduction to Incident Command Systems (required)
 Attendance at DaCT meetings
 Four disaster/collective trauma specialized trainings
 Focused field placement
 Must be a Tulane MSW student in good standing.

Who Should Join?

The Disaster and Collective Trauma Certificate appeals to those seeking to become experts in human relations, managing resources and providing -counseling to victims of trauma and disaster. Here is a closer look at how Tulane’s Disaster and Collective Trauma Certificate can equip students with the kills needed to work in the field:
 Students who wish to explore the theories of trauma and recovery and disaster mental health.
 Students who are interested in applied practice with individuals, families, and communities recovering from collective trauma, and/or disaster.
 Students interested in the policies and programs that influence the ability of individuals, families, and communities to bounce back following collective trauma and disaster.

Field Education

Every MSW student is also required to complete 948 hours of field-based education. This integral part of the degree program pairs each student with an organizational partner in the individual’s city or town to start getting on-the-ground experience working within the student’s own community. The fieldwork experience and the rest of the curriculum are mutually supportive so that students can get the most out of every piece of their time with Tulane.


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For more information, contact the Coordinator, Leia Saltzman, Ph.D at