mission-based initiatives

Guided by our mission, the Institute employs The Tulane Action Research Protocol (TARP). The TARP utilizes the following steps: 

  1. Identify the problem (e.g., torture trauma, gender trauma, racial trauma) that requires solving;
  2. Form an expert panel to pool their perspectives on the solutions (treatments);
  3. Video interview a portion of the expert panel members regarding their observations of the problem under focus and its solutions/treatments;
  4.  Study the interview videos and generate a set of axioms for review by the interviewee;
  5.  The interviewee reviews, changes, or validates each of their axioms;
  6. The Expert Panel reviews and rates each axiom to determine the top 25 axioms from which educational materials, treatment or intervention programs emerge and funds sought to support them.

The TARP is utilized in the two current Institute Initiatives, and those that are planned in the near future.

The TARP Initiatives include the following:

  • The Torture Trauma Treatments Initiative
  •  The Racial Trauma Treatments Initiative
  •  The Violence Trauma Treatments Initiative
  •  Gender Trauma Treatments Initiative

Other Institute Projects include:

  • The Vicarious Trauma Project
  • The Trauma & Technology Project
  • The Global Trauma Project

undergraduate trauma education

Guided by our Mission, the Institute supports the Tulane University undergraduate education in trauma.

The Institute worked closely with the Provost’s Office of Academic Affairs to develop the first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) [link the Tulane New Wave story here]

There are currently four trauma courses:

  • SOWK 1000 Trauma! A Survey Course
  • SOWK 2100 Family Trauma: A Survey Course
  • SOWK 2510 Making Meaning of Trauma
  • SOWK 7000 Foundations of Trauma

interventions and practice contributions

The Institute also sponsors regular Institute Lectures. Among the guests are several of the Tulane faculty within the School of Social Work (Reggie Ferreira, Catherine Burnette, Leia Saltzman, and noted scholars outside the School.