Trauma Response Institute

Trauma Response Institute

Trauma education within a CACREP-accredited counseling program

George Fox University's Trauma Response Institute (TRI) sponsors training, research and service activities in the support of the resiliency of individuals and communities facing traumatic events. The institute is a distinct program within the university's Graduate School of Counseling.

Three guiding principles of the Trauma Response Institute are its collaborative, ecosystemic and resiliency foci.


In all its activities, the institute seeks to collaborate with service organizations, government agencies, schools, faith communities and traumatology experts from a variety of professions committed to disaster response.


The ecosystemic orientation of the Institute embraces a holistic approach to understanding human experience and functioning. Educational programs focusing on a biological, psychological, social, cultural and spiritual inquiry into the impact of traumatic events set the stage for the application of a context-sensitive multi-modal response based on the needs identified by the affected community.


The guiding feature of the Institute is its embrace of resiliency of individuals and communities to survive and thrive in the face of adversity. All activities of the Trauma Response Institute are grounded in the belief that each community impacted by a traumatic event has the capacity to find hope, purpose, and meaning as it rebuilds itself, with our services intending to facilitate this process of recovery.

Trauma Response Institute Activities

Providing education and training opportunities is central to the work of the Trauma Response Institute. In response to the growing need for responsible and informed trauma response providers, the TRI offers:

  • A post-graduate certificate in trauma response services, a 12-unit graduate course curriculum available to mental health, school, medical and ministerial graduate students and post-graduate professionals. The curriculum complies with the didactic requirements of major traumatology certifying organizations and includes a nine-month to one-year collaborative field experience in which the professionals engage in a research or program development project of one's choosing.
  • Continuing Education (CE) events (not applicable to post-graduate certificate yet compliant with professional continuing education requirements), with many of the trauma response services specialty courses offered concurrently as CE events. Course schedules (including CE co-occurring opportunities) and registration details are available online.
  • A Trauma Response Team that serves as a service arm of the TRI, restoring the community either directly or by assisting disaster aid organizations in recruiting qualified trauma responders. All team members are graduate-level trained and credentialed mental health, education, medical, or ministerial professionals with demonstrated graduate-course level training in traumatology.

Additional Information

For more information about TRI educational programs read through our web pages or contact our admissions counselor, Joel Moore, at To talk further about the Trauma Response Institute, call or email the TRI, and either Administrative Assistant, Justin McCoy, or TRI Director, Anna Berardi, will return your request.

Contact us at or 503.554.6065.

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