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Tulane University, Department of Psychology

  • Trauma Specialization


Trauma Specialization

Dr. Overstreet, in collaboration with several other School Psychology program faculty (Drs. Nastasi, Cunningham, & Varela) recently received a Preparation of Leadership Personnel training grant from the Department of Education.  The training grant, which began in 2009-2010, targets three areas of need at the local and national level, including the shortage of University faculty members in School Psychology, the need for a service delivery model that reaches the maximum number of students possible, and the increased demand to effectively prevent and treat emotional and behavioral disorders secondary to trauma exposure.  The goal of the training is to prepare diverse future leaders in Trauma Focused School Psychology, a doctoral subspecialization that prepares school psychologists to address the unique needs of students with or at risk for emotional and behavioral disorders secondary to trauma exposure.  A collaborative, interdisciplinary approach to training is utilized to develop the diverse knowledge and skills required to:

    1. Create, implement, and evaluate comprehensive, evidence-based, and contextually and culturally sensitive school-based mental health services for youth exposed to trauma. 
    2. Engage in research generation and disseminate findings related to Trauma Focused School Psychology.
    3. Inform and shape public policy related to school-based mental health and Trauma Focused School Psychology.

Training Grant Abstract (.doc)