Student Education and Internship Information


The Center on Trauma and Children offers multiple educational opportunities to graduate students in social work, psychology, psychiatry, psychiatric nursing, and other mental health related fields.  Students who are interested in working with traumatized children and their families and the welfare, court, and foster care systems are encouraged to apply.


Comprehensive Assessment Training Services Project (CATS)

This practicum provides opportunities for the student to work on a multidisciplinary team of professionals (i.e., Clinical Social Workers, Psychologist, Clinical Counselors, Psychiatrists) conducting multidimensional evidence-based assessments of maltreated children and their families for Cabinet for Health and Family Services and Court. The student will gain a specific skill set in assessing children, adult, and familial relationships. They will be able to conduct child and adult clinical interviews, perform developmental screens, administer and interpret child and adult psychometric measures, conduct parent-child and family interactions, and contribute to the team process of writing conclusions and placement/treatment recommendations for all participants in the evaluation. This educational experience includes a sequential process of learning child assessment and relational procedures during the first semester and adult assessment procedures during the second semester. The student will receive individual and group supervision. There are also opportunities for the student to complete a graduate level research project utilizing data collected from these assessments.

Child and Adolescent Trauma Treatment and Training Institute (CATTTI)

CATTTI is funded by a grant through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) and is a member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN). In 2007, CATTTI became the first site in Kentucky to become a member of NCTSN.

The student placement at CATTTI focuses on the provision of direct clinical services for children and adolescents (aged 3-19) and their non-offending caregivers who have experienced a traumatic event(s) ranging from interpersonal violence (sexual and physical abuse) to exposure to neglect/violence/impaired caregivers and natural disasters. Over 90% of clients have experienced multiple traumatic events. This educational experience involves formal training and supervision in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) for children and adolescents. Training and clinical experience focuses on developing competence in assessment skills and to deliver trauma-informed treatment. Students will receive individual and group supervision.  Perquisite requirements for this program include having experience in providing basic therapeutic skills.

The student must be available for 10 hours or more per week for two consecutive semesters. This includes assignment of 5 or more individual clients, weekly individual supervision, bi-weekly CATTTI treatment team meetings, and availability to collaborate with various outside service agencies and health care providers.