TRI Post Grad Certificate Info
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.
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. Registrants are required to identify whether they qualify for Track I or Track II. Track I is for education, school counseling, school psychology, medical, and ministerial professionals. Track II is for independent mental health practitioners and students such as clinical psychologists, clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, and professional counselors .
Each course is contextualized to allow the registrant to complete profession-specific projects. However, students in Track II must complete one of the four courses within Block B in a clinical treatment course designated as a TRMA 685. More information regarding Track choices is located within the Best-Practice Strategies Block B information.
In the Block A - Foundational Knowledge sequence, participants will gain a considerable overview of the nature of traumatic stress and its impact on individuals, relationships, and broader communities. The Block B - Best Practice Strategies 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. Track II registrants are required to take one of those three electives within the TRMA 685 sequence as its focus will be on the clinical treatment of the population or issue of specific focus.
Block C - 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.