Certificate in Trauma Response Services

Certificate in Trauma Response Services



The Post-Graduate Certificate in Trauma Response Services is designed to train professionals who will advance the field of traumatology, and promote the safe and effective care of individuals and communities impacted by traumatic incidents. The program serves mental health, education, medical, and ministerial professionals seeking demonstrated competency in providing immediate or ongoing trauma-informed services in local, regional, and international settings. Most courses are taught in a blended format (face to face and online meetings). The 12-unit certificate can be earned within 1 calendar year or extended according to the student's own pace.

Program Objectives

Educational Objectives

To further the development of trauma-informed services by:

  • Equipping independent mental health practitioners, school professionals, ministerial, and health care providers (responders) to view and respond to individuals and communities through a neurobiology, attachment, and trauma-informed lens.
  • Training responders in the use of best practice strategies relative to the nature of a traumatic event, stage of recovery, and assigned role.
  • Preparing responders to serve on multidisciplinary response teams with an understanding of the responder's role within the larger response structure.
Professional Objectives

To further the development of trauma-informed services by:

  • Assisting organizations to apply best-practice standards for recruitment, supervising, and debriefing responders.
  • Contributing to the understanding and application of professional and ethical standards in trauma-informed care whether providing immediate trauma response or long term recovery interventions.
  • Equipping responders with an understanding of sociocultural factors increasing vulnerability, requiring a multi-systemic response beyond immediate care in the aftermath of an event.
  • Strengthening trauma-informed leadership in service to community and organization preparedness and response.

Admission Requirements

TRI courses and the Post-Graduate Certificate in Trauma Response Services program are open to a variety of current graduate students in qualifying degree programs and post-graduate professionals in qualifying professions. Qualifying graduate degree programs and professions include mental health, education, health sciences, and ministry.

To Enroll in TRI Courses:

Students may enroll in select TRMA courses even though the post-graduate certificate is not being pursued. All current George Fox University graduate students in good standing and post-graduate professionals from a qualifying profession are eligible to enroll in select TRI courses. Post-graduate or graduate students enrolled elsewhere in a qualifying profession are eligible to enroll in TRI courses by completing a special student application. https://www.georgefox.edu/offices/registrar/registration/specialstudent/online_app_spec_student.html.

To Apply for the Certificate Program:

Current George Fox Graduate Students in qualifying degree programs may take eligible TRMA classes without enrolling in the certificate if they are in good standing within their degree program. Admission requirements are as follows:

Transfer Credit

Transfer of up to 2 hours credit from accredited graduate schools is allowed toward the Post-Graduate Certificate in Trauma Response Services. Students must have earned a grade of B or better for a course to be considered for transfer. In addition, only courses taken elsewhere within 10 years of the date of matriculation to the Post-Graduate Certificate in Trauma Response Services will be considered for transfer. Continuing education workshops, seminars, and conferences do not qualify for transfer credit. Transferability of credits earned at this institution and transferred to another is at the discretion of the receiving institution. Consult the registrar's office for information on eligibility of transfer credit.

Residence Requirements

Of the 12 hours required for the Certificate in Trauma Response Services, a minimum of 10 credit hours must be taken in resident study at George Fox University. All work leading to the certificate must be completed within 5 years from the time of matriculation. Extension of this limit requires approval of the Graduate School of Counseling faculty. Reinstatement to the program after withdrawal requires Admissions Committee action and may subject the student to additional requirements for the program. A leave of absence is valid for up to one year after which the student must re-apply to the program.

Course Requirements

The Post-Graduate Certificate in Trauma Response Services can be completed in 1 to 5 years with 12 semester hours of course work required as a minimum for certificate completion. Of those hours, 4 are in foundational knowledge coursework, 4 in best practice strategies, and 4 in trauma research and leadership credits.

Other Program Requirements

TRMA courses are not available for audit. Contact the TRI office for information on available Continuing Education (CE) options.

Graduation Requirements

In order to complete the Post-Graduate Certificate in Trauma Response Services program students must:

  • Satisfactorily complete a minimum of 12 semester hours with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.
  • Achieve no grade lower than a B in all courses. If a grade of a B- or lower is received in a required course, that course must be retaken (for more specific information, please refer to the student handbook).
  • Satisfactorily complete a trauma research project.

Curriculum Plan

Foundational Knowledge (4 hours)
TRMA 500 Introduction to Traumatology  & Trauma-Informed Care 1
TRMA 501 Best Practices in Trauma-Informed Care
TRMA 502 Interpersonal Neurobiology of Trauma 1
TRMA 503 Grief and Loss Across the Lifespan 1
Best-Practice Strategies (4 hours)
TRMA 560 Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Applications
Students must complete 3 additional TRMA semester credits from the following list:
TRMA 585 Selected Topics (varies each semester)
TRMA 540 Trauma & Social Justice Conference 1
TRMA 541 Trauma & Race 1
TRMA 542 Developing a Professional Online Identity
TRMA 543 Trauma-Informed EFT

Trauma Research and Leadership (4 hours)
TRMA 571 Trauma Research I 1
TRMA 572 Trauma Research II 1
TRMA 573 Trauma Research III 1
TRMA 575 Trauma Research Continuation (as needed) 1
TRMA 582 Best Practices in Organizational Readiness and Response 1
Trauma Research Milestone Completion *

* Verification of trauma research completion submitted to Registrar.


  • Specific learning outcomes for each course are congruent with national traumatology certification expectations. Course requirements primarily involve project-based learning assignments requiring the student to demonstrate mastery and application of course content. In addition, all Certificate in Trauma Response Services course outcomes reflect core competencies expected in accordance with CA-CREP and NCATE educational standards.
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