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Winter One Credit Course: Redefining Community Violence - A Trauma-Informed Approach

Held on January 14 and 15, 2017, 9:00 - 4:00 PM, this is a one-credit interdisciplinary course that will include a two-day mandatory classroom session and a related community engagement project to be completed later in spring 2017 semester. Students will explore the concepts of community violence and trauma, particularly in the context of Baltimore City. Students from all UMB professional schools will be eligible to register thus providing an interdisciplinary context to learn about this public health issue. The Community Project is a major highlight of the course. It will be a series of seminars for graduates of the Family Connection parent education program and a culminating advocacy project. Each student will be part of an interdisciplinary group that develops and then facilitates one of the seminars. Part of the class will be devoted to deciding what these topics will be. The advocacy project will be held April and will be developed with the Family Connection graduates throughout the semester via the seminars. The idea is to get an understanding of what the graduates want to advocate for and how best to achieve their goal. Overall, the class and following project is going to be a great opportunity to understand the strengths and challenges of other professions, get a primer on a newly developing public health concern and to get out into the community to provide tangible assistance. (This 1-credit course may be combined with other 1-credit offerings to fulfill elective requirements for the MSW degree.) There are no prerequisites.

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