Trauma Informed Counseling Certificate

Certificate of Graduate Study

The certificate of graduate study in trauma-informed counseling is available online to any graduate-level student in good standing. This certificate is designed to prepare or enhance master's- or doctoral-level clinicians in various agency and treatment contexts. Courses focus on understanding elements of traumatic exposure, common threads of treatment and outcomes, trauma-sensitive care and organizational commitment, crisis intervention, and developmental, exposure-based, experiential and cognitive-behavioral approaches for multiculturally relevant treatment across the life span.  All courses are online.

Requirements:

 

Offered Fall semesters, 1st eight weeks.

Role and responsibilities of counselors in crisis intervention. Assessment and case management for crisis situations.

 

Offered Fall semesters, 2nd eight weeks.

Roles and responsibilities of counselors and other helping professionals in post-trauma exposure intervention. Covers types of potentially traumatic events, effects of trauma, assessment issues and potential outcomes, and common elements in treatment interventions for trauma.

 

Offered Spring semesters, 1st eight weeks.

Roles and responsibilities of counselors and other helping professionals working in settings where clients have experienced multiple exposures to traumatic stressors throughout childhood and continuing into adulthood. Examines the neurobiological, developmental, cognitive, behavioral and relational issues that emerge from childhood/life span abuse. Examines how to adapt treatment for clients presenting with complex trauma exposures.

One of the following:

 

Offered Spring semesters, 2nd eight weeks.

Roles and responsibilities of counselors and other helping professionals in creative arts, drama, play and other experiential approaches in trauma-informed counseling across the life span. Use of metaphor, somatic exercises and body-based interventions.

 

Offered Summer semesters, regular eight weeks.

Roles and responsibilities of counselors and other helping professionals in the life span development of resistance, resiliency and recovery skills during prevention and early intervention. How to work with settings that have repeated community traumas, (e.g., crime and gun violence). Self-care of the counselor.

 

Offered Summer intersession terms.

Roles and responsibilities of counselors and other helping professionals in grief, death, loss, and bereavement as pervasive and fundamental aspects of the human experience. An understanding of the grief process and the ways in which counselors may compassionately respond to the bereaved is essential to effectively practice in all settings and with all age groups. Introduction to the nature and centrality of the experience of loss and subsequent grief in their personal lives, in the lives of their clients, and in their role as professional helpers. Emphasis is placed on the variety and types of loss experienced throughout the life cycle and ways in which counselors may address grief related needs with persons across the life span. Attention is given to cultural diversity and norms, the wide variation in the grief experience, the importance of social justice and human rights, the influence of the developmental phase of the life span, identification of interventions that are evidence based, and recognition of the capacities, resilience, and growth of individuals and families confronted with loss. Self-care of the counselor.

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