Post-Graduate Certificate

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The post-graduate certificate program is designed for current graduate students in mental health, education, ministerial, or medical degree program, or post-graduates with a master's degree or above in these professions who desire to earn a specialized concentration in post-traumatic stress prevention and intervention services. The primary objectives of the certificate are to train professionals who will advance the field of traumatology, and promote the safe and effective care of individuals and communities prior, during, and after traumatic events.

The 12-hour specialty is comprised of didactic and experiential courses reflecting best practices in trauma response, PTSD prevention and intervention strategies. The curriculum allows participants to progress through the specialty in one year, if starting in Summer, yet flexible enough to complete in 2 or more years if desired. Course sequencing is also arranged to allow new registrants to begin taking specialty courses at anytime during the academic year. 

For information about Continuing Education with the Trauma Response Institute, please visit our Continuing Education page.

Curriculum Overview

The 12-unit post-graduate certificate curriculum is comprised of 12 1-unit courses divided among three distinct content blocks: Foundational Knowledge, Best-Practice Strategies, and Field Experience.

Block A - Foundational Knowledge

Participants will gain a considerable overview of the nature of traumatic stress and its impact on individuals, relationships, and broader communities.

Block B - Best-Practice Strategies

This sequence is comprised of a series of electives that examine evidence-based intervention strategies with specific populations. While all registrants take TRMA 560 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Applications in Crisis Intervention, each registrant will choose 3 additional application-based courses of particular interest to the student.

Block C - Field Experience

The field experience is the culminating project whereby the student completes a trauma-focused project of one's choice. In addition, Block C requires the student to demonstrate mastery in the pragmatics of trauma response.

See also: Master Calendar

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