UNH TIPP - Advanced Graduate Certificate in Trauma-Informed Schools & Communities Project
The University of New Hampshire’s Departments of Education and Social Work, in collaboration with the Institute on Disability, are offering an interdisciplinary graduate certificate in Trauma-Informed Schools and Communities: promoting, through multi-tiered systems of support, equity and diversity among children and youth.
The UNH TIPP Graduate Certificate Program will prepare 60 graduate social work and education students – or education, social work, or children’s community mental health professionals – in research-based practices and systems change strategies to improve outcomes for children and youth with significant support needs, including those with emotional and behavioral challenges (EBC), developmental and intellectual disabilities, autism, sensory, and other learning disabilities.
The NH DOE identified school-based personnel shortages in school social workers and special educators trained in emotional and behavioral disabilities, intellectual disabilities, and other learning disabilities. Regarding school based social workers, the National Association of School Psychologists found that school social workers are particularly scarce in New Hampshire.
Regarding special and general educators, nearly 25% of new teachers drop out in their first four years and the rate is higher among teachers who work with students with emotional and behavioral challenges (EBC), contributing to chronic shortages. While educators are dedicated to meeting the needs of students with EBC, they receive little training in this area and cite student behavior problems as a significant contributor to teacher burnout. The stability and longevity of New Hampshire’s community mental health children’s workforce has also been a longstanding concern, with annual turnover rates of direct service workers as high as 20%, and a shortage of qualified professionals in NH’s community behavioral health system.
Increased resources are needed to ensure a highly qualified workforce in New Hampshire's education and children’s behavioral health systems.