Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Social Work


School of Social Work

First Reader/Committee Chair

Smith, Laurie


Students who study to obtain the Master of Social Work (MSW) degree will undoubtedly serve clients with histories of family violence, chronic or terminal illness, immigration, racism, mass violence/terrorism, or even natural disasters. With the theme of trauma being ever prevalent in their internships and work, it is important to consider the perceptions that MSW Students have about PTSD treatment modalities and exploring their interests in expanding their knowledge about PTSD. A selection of MSW students were asked questions about their knowledge and interest in treatment options for PTSD. The results showed a diverse variation of knowledge for the seven treatment modalities studied and a high interest among all groups in learning more about all treatment types. Additionally there was a large difference in knowledge of the various treatment modalities between students who are veterans and those who had no military background. Recommendations include increased curricular content on emerging PTSD treatments and continued research on gaps in MSW student knowledge of alternative treatment modalities for PTSD and other mental health issues.

Keywords: PTSD, treatment modalities, Agri-therapy, Cannabis treatment, Equine therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), 3,4 methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) therapy, Medical Nutritional Therapy (MNT), Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy

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