Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 41, Issue 2, pp 147–156 | Cite as

Bringing in the Community: A University-Community Endeavor to Teach Marital and Family Therapy Students About Community-Based Violence and Trauma

  • Sandra D. Lane
  • Robert A. Rubinstein
  • Tracey Reichert Schimpff
  • Robert H. KeefeEmail author
  • Timothy Jennings-Bey
  • Sydney Russell Leed
  • Brady Iles
  • Patricia A. Cuff
  • Lynn Beth Satterly
Original Paper


This article reports the results from a course module, based on the model developed in the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Framework for Educating Health Professionals to Address the Social Determinants of Health, for students enrolled in a marriage and family therapy program at a large university in upstate New York. Students were taken on bus tours through high-crime areas to gain a greater understanding of how various determinants, including trauma and crime, affect community mental health. The authors review the community-level social determinants of mental health and cultural competence, elements of the Framework, and describe how violence and trauma affect the community residents the students will work with in their practicums. The authors present the module, students’ feedback, and reflections from faculty as well as community members, who all report learning a great deal about the trauma their clients face.


Social determinants of health Trauma Cultural competence Pedagogy 



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sandra D. Lane
    • 1
    • 2
  • Robert A. Rubinstein
    • 3
  • Tracey Reichert Schimpff
    • 4
  • Robert H. Keefe
    • 5
    Email author
  • Timothy Jennings-Bey
    • 6
  • Sydney Russell Leed
    • 7
  • Brady Iles
    • 8
  • Patricia A. Cuff
    • 9
  • Lynn Beth Satterly
    • 10
  1. 1.Syracuse UniversitySyracuseUSA
  2. 2.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologySUNY Upstate Medical UniversitySyracuseUSA
  3. 3.Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public AffairsSyracuse UniversitySyracuseUSA
  4. 4.Marriage and Family Therapy, 419 Peck HallSyracuse UniversitySyracuseUSA
  5. 5.School of Social Work, University at BuffaloState University of New YorkBuffaloUSA
  6. 6.Street Addiction Institute, Inc.SyracuseUSA
  7. 7.Upstate Medical UniversitySkaneatelesUSA
  8. 8.Skaneateles High SchoolSkaneatelesUSA
  9. 9.Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education, Health and Medicine DivisionThe National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and MedicineWashingtonUSA
  10. 10.LeMoyne College Physician Assistant Program and Amaus Health Services at the Cathedral of the Immaculate ConceptionSyracuseUSA

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