Post-Graduate Trauma Counseling Certificate

At A Glance

1-2 Years Program length
Online Format

Accreditation

Courses accredited by CACREP

Semester Credit Hours

12

Cost per semester credit hour

$756*

Tuition cost for entire program

$9,072*

* All stated financial information is subject to change.

Meet the needs of people traveling through their hardest seasons of life with wisdom, steadiness, and care

Our Post-Graduate Certificate in Trauma Response Services program is offered by George Fox University's Trauma Response Institute (TRI) and is specifically designed with you in mind. Pursue this certificate if you:

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Our primary objective at George Fox is 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. You have a goal and the passion, and we are committed to help. We believe in the mission to provide healing opportunities for all, and we suspect you do as well.

We believe in the impact you will make on many lives through learning best practices in trauma response, PTSD prevention and intervention strategies. This is currently being offered through a 12-hour specialty credit comprising didactic and experiential courses.

The curriculum allows you to progress through the specialty in one year, if starting in summer, yet is flexible enough to complete in two or more years if desired. Course sequencing is also arranged to allow new registrants to begin taking specialty courses at any time during the academic year.

TRI also offers continuing education events for those not seeking a certification.

Training Tracks (Focus of Study)

As of the 2020-21 academic year, the Post-Graduate Certificate in Trauma Response Services is offered in two different tracks, offering flexibility in format and professional focus. Contact counseling admissions counselor Gabriela Elkins for specific track start dates.

Track I - Mental Health Professional Focus
In-Person and Online

Track I courses are offered in a hybrid format, with each course including both online and on-campus class activities. The readings, class discussion and assignments primarily focus on application of course content pertinent to mental health professionals. Students must be able to attend class in person on the Portland Center campus as well as participate in online coursework. Courses are offered yearly or biannually, during the same semester each year.

Track II - School Professional Focus
Online Distance Only

Track II courses are offered completely online, suitable for distance learners. The readings, class discussion and assignments primarily focus on application of course content pertinent to K-12 education and higher education professionals. Courses are offered yearly or biannually, during the same semester each year.

Curriculum

Certificate curriculum is organized in three blocks:

  1. Block A: Foundational Knowledge

    Trauma-informed foundational knowledge, including nature of trauma, risk, resiliency and best-practice frameworks for immediate and long-term trauma response.

  2. Block B: Best-Practice Strategies

    When combined with Block A courses, practitioners build a strong perceptual and conceptual trauma-informed speciality.

  3. Block C: Trauma Research & Leadership

    Practitioners demonstrate expertise through a trauma-informed research project, and a project-based leadership experience.

Questions?

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Gabriela Elkins

Admissions Counselor, Graduate Counseling Programs