Social work and trauma education

Postgraduate master's degree

in cooperation with the Gera-Eisenach Cooperative State University.

This course of study creates a scientifically based and at the same time application-oriented specialization for professionals in psychosocial institutions with people who have experienced trauma and often have fundamental difficulties in social relations due to trauma sequelae. On the way to becoming a specialist social worker:

  • sharpens the professional view of the people for whom we provide support services in the facilities,
  • promotes a diagnostic, trauma-sensitive approach,
  • teaches methods for emotional stabilization and support,
  • initiates group dynamic processes by means of experiential education activities
  • expands self-reflection

Study locations: Nordhausen and Gera

Academic Degree

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Period of study

  • five semesters standard period of study, part-time
  • Classroom teaching: three times per semester, Thursdays to Sundays
  • Absence on working days remains low
  • Blended learning takes place online according to individual time management

Application deadlines

  • Summer semester by March 15
  • Winter semester by September 15

Admission requirements

  • Completion of a bachelor's degree in the field of social work or a comparable course of study
  • Qualified professional practice of at least one year as a rule
  • letter of motivation for choosing the course of study

Tuition fees

2,390 € per semester

Target groups

  • Professionals with a degree in social work or a comparable degree who work in psychosocial fields with children, adolescents and adults who have experienced trauma and need support
  • who would like to specialize and deepen their knowledge of trauma education within the framework of a specialized social work program
  • who would like to bring together experiences from practice with science and conduct research on them
  • who enjoy further professional development with each other

Main focus

  • Trauma education in the context of social work
  • Supervision
  • Developmental pedagogy and pedagogical relationship building
  • Dealing with challenging behavior
  • Management of social organizations

Occupational fields

  • psychosocial institutions in outpatient, day-care and inpatient settings for children, adolescents and adults
  • counseling centers
  • crisis intervention facilities
  • family support services
  • individual case assistance
  • facility management
  • research

Special features

  • part-time study while working
  • blended learning format
  • interdisciplinary profile
  • practice-oriented teaching with project work, excursions and exchange of experts
  • internationally recognized Master's degree with the possibility of doctoral studies

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