Contact Us & FAQ

Contact Us

Phone: (503) 554-6065
Email: tri@georgefox.edu

12753 SW 68th Ave.
Portland, OR 97223

TRI Director

Anna Berardi, PhD
aberardi@georgefox.edu
(503) 554-6144

TRI Administrative Assistant

Jake Bassen
jbassen16@georgefox.edu
(503) 554-6065

GSC Administrative Assistant

Maddy Boylan
mboylan@georgefox.edu
(503) 554-6104

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Frequently Asked Questions

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?

8. Why is trauma-informed counseling training important?

1. How do I get a Trauma Response Certificate?

George Fox University Students

Current graduate students enrolled in the Graduate School 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. Contact Bethany Ramse (bramse@georgefox.edu; 503-554-6166) with questions about the shortened application. 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.

We recommend that you set up an academic advising appointment with Dr. Anna Berardi to begin exploring your Research Project interests (Block C) once your application is complete.

Non-George Fox University 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 Bethany Ramse (bramse@georgefox.edu; x6166). We recommend that you set up an academic advising appointment with Dr. Anna Berardi to begin exploring your Research Project interests (Block C) once your application is complete.  

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 George Fox or elsewhere), enrollment in TRI courses is terminated. For current professionals, see below.

Other 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 Bethany Ramse (bramse@georgefox.edu; x6166). We recommend that you set up an academic advising appointment with Dr. Anna Berardi to begin exploring your Field Experience interests (Block C) once your application is complete. 

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?

Current George Fox 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.

Non-George Fox Students and Post-Graduate 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 Bethany Ramse (bramse@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 Bethany Ramse 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.

8. Why is trauma-informed counseling training important?

Every mental health professional works with individuals and relationship systems (e.g. couples, families) whose lives have been touched by stress, grief, and trauma. So in many ways, all counselors and therapists are trauma counselors. 

But over the years, research has helped us understand more specifically how trauma impacts us neurologically, which impacts how we think, feel, and physically react. Typical or common therapeutic interventions do not always “fit” what is needed when a person is experiencing specific types of stress and trauma.

So, the courses in the TRI program teach professionals what trauma-informed practice actually means. It is the integration of advancements in neurobiology and attachment theory, combined with best-practice data on what is most effective to help persons overwhelmed by particular types of stress and trauma. We think this body of knowledge and skills is imperative in addition to the basics of most mental health degree programs.