FAQ

1. How do I get a Trauma Response Certificate?

2. How long are the classes?

3. Where are the classes located?

4. How do I apply or register for a Trauma Response class?

5. Can I attend a Trauma Response class if I’m not getting the certificate?

6. Do I have to be in one of the counseling programs to register for a Trauma Response class?

7. Do I have to be enrolled in a Trauma Response class to volunteer for Trauma Response opportunities and events?


1. How do I get a Trauma Response Certificate?

a. Answer for GFU students:

Current graduate students enrolled in the Graduate Department of Counseling, the Seminary, the School of Education, or the Graduate Department of Clinical Psychology can begin taking Block A and B TRMA courses at any time, whether they want to complete the 12-unit post-graduate certificate in Trauma Response Services or not.     

As soon as a graduate student in one of these programs knows that they want to complete the post-graduate certificate, the first step is to fill out a shortened TRI application.  Joel Moore (jmoore@georgefox.edu; x6166) can help you clarify just what items on the application require completion. Basically, current students only need to fill in basic identifying data and complete the essay questions. Submit the completed application to Joel. This application does not obligate you to complete the post-grad certificate, but does begin the process of demarcating your transcript to indicate that you are earning the specialty.

Once the application is complete, it is recommended that you set up an academic advising appointment with Dr. Anna Berardi to begin exploring your Field Experience interests (Block C).

b. Answer for non-GFU students:

The post-graduate certificate may only be earned either concurrently with a qualifying graduate degree or after a qualifying graduate degree has been earned. Qualifying graduate degrees include programs in mental health, education, ministerial, and medical professions.  If you are a current graduate student in good standing in a qualifying degree program at a school other than George Fox University, you may apply to begin taking TRI post-graduate certificate courses by completing the TRI application. Submit the completed application to Joel Moore (jmoore@georgefox.edu; x6166). Once the application is complete, it is recommended that you set up an academic advising appointment with Dr. Anna Berardi to begin exploring your Field Experience interests (Block C).  

The post-graduate certificate will not be conferred until all requirements of the post-graduate certificate are successfully completed, and the qualifying graduate degree program has been successfully completed. Completion of the graduate degree must be verified by an official statement from the university's Registrar where the qualifying degree was earned.

If the graduate student discontinues enrollment in their qualifying degree program (whether at GFU or elsewhere), enrollment in TRI courses is terminated. For current professionals, see below.

c. Answer for professionals:

The post-graduate certificate may only be earned either concurrently with a qualifying graduate degree or after a qualifying graduate degree has been earned. Qualifying graduate degrees include programs in mental health, education, ministerial, and medical professions.  If you have an earned graduate degree in a qualifying degree program, you may apply to begin taking TRI post-graduate certificate courses by completing the TRI application. Submit the completed application to Joel Moore (jmoore@georgefox.edu; x6166). Once the application is complete, it is recommended that you set up an academic advising appointment with Dr. Anna Berardi to begin exploring your Field Experience interests (Block C). 

2. How long are the classes?

Each TRI course is 1-semester unit, consisting of 15 hours of seat time. All courses are hybrid, meaning a portion of the seat time occurs online and a portion occurs face-to-face, in addition to graded activities.

3. Where are the classes located?

All face-to-face seat time activities occur on the Portland (Tigard) campus.

4. How do I apply or register for a Trauma Response class?

a. Current GFU Grad Student: if you are a current graduate student in the GSC, the School of Education, the seminary, or the Graduate Department of Clinical Psychology, you may enroll in Block A and Block B courses at any time, as long as you are a student in good standing.

b. Non-GFU Students and Post-Grad Professionals: The post-graduate certificate may only be earned either concurrently with a qualifying graduate degree or after a qualifying graduate degree has been earned. Qualifying graduate degrees include programs in mental health, education, ministerial, and medical professions.  If you have an earned graduate degree in a qualifying degree program, or you are currently a student in good standing in a qualifying graduate degree program at another university, you may apply to begin taking TRI post-graduate certificate courses by completing the TRI application. Submit the completed application to Joel Moore (jmoore@georgefox.edu; x6166).

Students may expedite enrollment in their first semester of TRI courses if the application is still in the process of being completed in the weeks prior to the beginning of the semester. The full application must be received and approved prior to enrolling future terms. Contact Joel Moore for details.

5. Can I attend a Trauma Response class if I’m not getting the certificate?

Yes. Qualified student registrants may enroll in all Block A and Block B TRMA courses. All Block C courses can only be taken by students completing the post-grad certificate.

6. Do I have to be in one of the counseling programs to register for a Trauma Response class?

No. All registrants either enrolled in a qualifying graduate degree program or with an earned graduate degree in a qualifying profession may enroll. Qualifying graduate degrees in mental health, education, ministerial, and medical professions qualify.

7. Do I have to be enrolled in a Trauma Response class to volunteer for Trauma Response opportunities and events?

The TRI sponsors a variety of activities and events each year designed for all university community members to participate. A few activities are restricted to TRI students due to the nature of the event and the knowledge level and skills expected of the volunteer.

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