- Associated Press - Thursday, December 25, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island College has been awarded a federal grant for trauma care training to teach students to work with teenagers who are aging out of foster care.

The college says the goal of the three-year project is to increase the number of skilled social work practitioners who serve this at-risk population.

The U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration gave the college $471,000.

Assistant Professor Melinda Gushwa says youth in foster care may experience traumatic events, which can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder and other issues. She says the college will be training social workers in a much-needed practice area.

Students in a master’s program will learn from community agencies, social workers, staff at the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families and health care providers.

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