Editorial Vol 18(1)


  • Karen M. Allen Indiana University
  • Virginia C. Strand Fordham University




We received a generous response to the initial call for papers for this special issue, which extended the anticipated timeframe for publication. We thank all of the authors and reviewers for their patience in working with us throughout the publication process. We would also like to thank Margaret Adamek, Kadie Booth, Valerie Decker, and Michael Hernandez for their help in bringing this issue to press. Although we were unable to include all of the submissions in this issue, we were impressed with the scope of work being done in this field as well as the compassion, creativity and dedication of individuals working in this area. We look forward to the continuing evolution of our understanding of trauma and effective ways of addressing trauma and hope that this issue contributes to that process. 

Author Biographies

Karen M. Allen, Indiana University

Dr. Karen Allen is the Director of the Social Work Program at Indiana University – Bloomington. She received her MSW and doctorate in Education from Wayne State University. She has over fifteen years of practice experience which includes medical social work, private practice counseling traumatized, severely injured and terminally ill clients, agency consultation in program evaluation and hospital administration. Her current area of research includes recovery from trauma and violence, health care, and social work education. She has published over 20 peer-reviewed articles, two books and a number of book chapters. She is also the co-author of the upcoming textbook, Social Work in Health Care: Best Practices and Emerging Trends, scheduled for release in spring, 2015 by Sage Publications.

Virginia C. Strand, Fordham University

Dr. Virginia C. Strand is Professor, Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service, and Co-Director, National Center for Social Work Trauma Education and Workforce Development.  She has over 35 years of experience in social work practice, research, education and training and currently conducts research in children’s mental health and child welfare.  Dr. Strand has authored over 30 journal articles and a book on working with sexually abused children and their families.  She is co-editor of a forthcoming text on Trauma Responsive Child Welfare Systems.  


Allen, K. & Wozniak, D. (2014). The integration of healing rituals in-group treatment for survivors of domestic violence. Social Work in Mental Health, 12(1), 52-68. doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/15332985.2013.817369

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Division of Violence Prevention. (2014, May 13). Prevalence of individual adverse childhood experiences. Retrieved from: https://web.archive.org/web/20160404140139/http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/acestudy/prevalence.html/

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Council on Social Work Education. (2012). Advanced social work practice in trauma. Retrieved from: https://www.cswe.org/getattachment/Publications-and-multimedia/CSWE-Full-Circle-(1)/Newsletters-Archive/CSWE-Full-Circle-November-2012/Resources-for-Members/TraumabrochurefinalforWeb.pdf.aspx/

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Herman, J. (1999). Trauma and recovery: The aftermath of violence from domestic abuse to political terror. New York: Basic Books.

Najavits, L. M. (2002). Seeking safety: A treatment manual for PTSD and substance abuse. New York: The Guilford Press.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network. (n.d.). Home. Retrieved from http://www.nctsn.org/

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SAMHSA. (2015). Trauma-informed approach and trauma-specific interventions. Retrieved from https://www.samhsa.gov/nctic/trauma-interventions

Strand, V., Popescu, M., Abramovitz, R., & Richards, S. (2015). Building agency capacity for trauma-informed evidence-based practice and field instruction. Journal of Evidence-Informed Social Work, 13(2), 1-19.

Teicher, M. H., Andersen, S. L., Polcari, A., Anderson, C. M., & Navalta, C. P. (2002). Developmental neurobiology of childhood stress and trauma. Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 25(2), 397-426. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/S0193-953X(01)00003-X