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Certificate on Interpersonal Violence and Trauma (C-IVT)

Through its Center for Research on Ending Violence (REV), Rutgers School of Social Work offers a certificate program for Master of Social Work (MSW) students. The certificate program offers students the opportunity to specialize their advanced year studies on issues of violence against women and children in order to be prepared to enter the field upon graduation. REV also provides competitive scholarships to students interested in working in the field after graduation. Students accepted for the certificate program will receive notation of completion of the certificate program on their transcripts, as well as a physical certificate. 

Fully online MSW students will receive information separately from the online program. Prospective students interested in learning more about the online program should click here.

Not a current MSW student but interested in further education on issues of violence against women and children? Learn more about our Continuing Education Certificates in Violence Against Women.


Students may apply to the C-IVT certificate program while in their first year of the MSW program (regardless of part-time or full-time status). Students in the certificate must fulfill the following academic requirements:  
Complete the following required VAWC coursework (12 credits):

  1. Violence and Abuse in Adulthood OR Violence and Abuse in Childhood (Advanced HBSE)
  2. SWPS II: Violence Against Women and Children  (Advanced Social Policy)
  3. Two electives related to violence against women and children, as approved by C-IVT staff. Click for a SAMPLE list of approved electives
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Advanced Year Field Placement

  1. Must be at a C-IVT related placement that focuses on key areas related to violence against women and children, including prevention, practice, non-profit management, and policy.
  2. Placement will be arranged in conjunction with the field office and The REV Center. 

A note about C-IVT field placement

Students accepted into the C-IVT Certificate Program are guaranteed a C-IVT-relevant field placement (working in the areas of domestic violence, sexual violence, stalking, child abuse and neglect, and trafficking). We make every effort to take the interests of the students and their requested/suggested placements into account; however, we cannot guarantee that students will receive their top choice of agency or topic area.


Prior to the fall semester, there will be a mandatory orientation for all new C-IVT certificate students. Dates will be sent out well in advance of the event, but it is expected that all accepted students will attend. We offer one orientation session on each of the three campuses: New Brunswick, Newark, and Camden and one for the online cohort.


The application for students in the Traditional (on campus) MSW program or Blended MSW program will open in the fall semester. Check back for more information in September.

Incoming Advanced Standing students can apply February 15 - April 15. Click here to access the application.

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please email or call us at 848-932-4396.

Application Periods

First Year (Full-time)/ Second Year (Part-time & Blended) MSW students: October 1 to November 15
*Part Time MSW students: Must apply the fall before their advanced field placement year

Advanced Standing Students:  February 15 - April 15.

Application periods will vary for online students. Students will receive information separately from the director of that program.

Verizon Wireless HopeLine Scholarships

Through the Center for Research on Ending Violence (REV), the Rutgers School of Social Work is pleased to offer three Verizon Wireless HopeLine Scholarships annually. These scholarships aim to prepare social work professionals to work in the violence against women or children field nationwide. Students committed to working on these issues are eligible to apply for this $2,000 scholarship to support their graduate work.  Individuals selected to receive the scholarships are also provided with the opportunity to work at the Center for Research on Ending Violence as a research assistant. 


Students selected as C-IVT Verizon Wireless HopeLine Scholars must complete the coursework and field placement requirements of the Certificate Program, as well as present an area of research at the C-IVT End of Year Colloquium. Please see below for previous Colloquium presentations: 


Our Verizon Wireless HopeLine Scholars present a paper at an end of the year colloquium. Please see below for  colloquium presentations.

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    Student Spotlights

    Kennedy Walton

    Graduated May 2020 | Field Placement: Visions and Pathways

    Areas of Interest: Domestic violence and childhood trauma

    What made you want to get involved in the field of gender-based and/or interpersonal violence and/or trauma? 

    My interest in this field initially stemmed from personal experiences that later turned into a passion to educate myself to become an advocate for others with similar personal experiences.

    What are some of the things you're currently working on (scholarly, volunteer, and/or professional) within the field that you are proud of? 

    I have the honor of being one of the 2019-2020 Verizon Wireless Hopeline Violence Against Women and Children scholarship recipients. Presently, I am interning at a residential facility that provides counseling services to adolescents ages 13-21. The population that we serve has faced various levels of trauma, abandonment, and violence. In my current course load, I am taking a class that focuses on LGBTQ history and best practices for social workers to provide LGBTQ affirming services. I am sure that this course will also allow me to better provide services to an additional underserved population.

    How can the Certificate Program help in attaining your future goals?

    Based on the courses the certificate program requires it has allowed me the opportunity to gain more knowledge on approaches for dealing with violence against women and children as well as the major historical impacts on the policies that will likely be impacting my clients.

    What would be your ideal job after graduating with your MSW?

    My passion is to help eliminate stigmas in communities of color around the concept of mental health and violence. My ideal job upon graduation would allow me to provide counseling services to adolescents of color that have experienced any sexual or childhood trauma.

    Sarah Fraser

    Graduated December 2020 | Field Placement: My Sister’s Place

    Areas of Interest: LGBTQIA+ youth and adolescents, sexual assault and abuse, child abuse

    What made you want to get involved in the field of gender-based and/or interpersonal violence and/or trauma?
    As a woman, feminist, and member of the LGBTQIA+ community, gender-based and interpersonal violence and trauma are issues that are close to my heart and to the work that I do. Interpersonal violence against women is not often talked about and many of the survivors struggle with guilt and shame from the residual trauma and victim-blaming that can occur. Internalized misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, and so on can create difficult webs for youths to extract themselves from. By working with youth to empower them, helping them feel confident advocating for themselves and others, and standing by them as an ally, I hope we can create a future where we are all respected equally.

    What are some of the things you're currently working on (scholarly, volunteer, and/or professional) within the field that you are proud of?
    I currently work for the Homeless Children's Playtime Project in Washington, D.C., a non-profit that offers trauma-informed play spaces for children who are experiencing homelessness in order to give them access to play, which can help them gain resilience and hope for the future. We are working to expand to all of the shelters in the district and to make it mandatory for family shelters to provide children's programming and distinct resources that will advocate and provide for children's unique needs when they are experiencing homelessness.

    How can the Certificate Program help in attaining your future goals?
    The certificate program gives me a chance to focus in on this field and work more intimately with survivors and their families. Working with youth who have experienced domestic or interpersonal violence requires a specific knowledge base that I believe I can best gain through the certificate program.

    What would be your ideal job after graduating with your MSW?
    After graduation, I hope to work with underprivileged youth and LGBTQIA+ youth. One of the main goals that I wish to accomplish is to increase the number of safe community spaces for youth and the resources that are available to them. Through art and play therapy, as well as other comprehensive services, I would hope to create an environment where youth feel safe and secure and can begin to advocate for themselves.