Overview of the Center
The Center for Trauma Recovery (CTR) is a multi-disciplinary
center of the University of Missouri-St. Louis whose purpose is to
foster Research, Graduate and Undergraduate Education, and Service
(by way of a specialized Trauma Clinic) in the areas of trauma and
The Center consists of faculty
affiliates from six departments at the
University who have research, teaching, or service interests in trauma-related
topics. These individuals share a common set of goals.
The Center sponsors a colloquium
series every semester, and offers an undergraduate
certificate in Trauma Studies. The CTR
affiliates are currently considering the development of nondegree
certification for trauma professionals and paraprofessionals through
continuing education. The CTR is housed in the Kathy
J. Weinman Building which also contains
Child Advocacy Center that provides services
to traumatized children.
The impact of traumatic stress has received increased attention by researchers
and community service agencies over the past decade. However, the interaction
between researchers, community agencies, and the populations they serve
have been very limited nationally. Furthermore, training and education
in the delivery of mental health services to traumatized populations
has lagged far behind the knowledge that has been accumulated. There
is currently very little available in the way of coursework and training
for either clinical services or in research at either the undergraduate
or graduate level. UMSL is one of the few universities to offer
courses and standardized fieldwork on an undergraduate level and specialized
therapy training on the graduate level. Other trauma centers are usually
located at VA Hospitals or medical schools and limit their training functions
to psychology doctoral interns and post-doctoral trainees. There are
no centers located in doctoral programs at universities. The establishment
of the Center for Trauma Recovery at UMSL puts us in the forefront,
especially for training clinical psychologists.
The overall objective of the Center is to facilitate university-community
links with research, education, and service in the area of traumatic
stress. The Center is more than a conceptual link; by being physically
located together, researchers, clinicians and community advocates benefit
from each others' expertise.
Long-Term Objectives of the Center are to:
Academic Departments which are currently involved:
- Expand trauma-related research.
- Facilitate interdepartmental communication, teaching, and research
efforts with fellowships.
- Establish a certification program for trauma counselors.
- Continue to develop a colloquium series with both campus and external
- Develop a specialty track for graduate clinical training in the area
- Continue to develop the post-doctoral program for research and clinical
- Sponsor continuing education seminars and conferences for professionals.
- Criminology and Criminal Justice
- Social Work
- Psychiatry (Washington Universiy School of Medicine)