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Trauma Informed Counseling Certificate

Certificate of Graduate Study

The certificate of graduate study in trauma-informed counseling is available online to any graduate-level student in good standing. This certificate is designed to prepare or enhance master's- or doctoral-level clinicians in various agency and treatment contexts. Courses focus on understanding elements of traumatic exposure, common threads of treatment and outcomes, trauma-sensitive care and organizational commitment, crisis intervention, and developmental, exposure-based, experiential and cognitive-behavioral approaches for multiculturally relevant treatment across the life span.  All courses are online.

Requirements:

Role and responsibilities of counselors in crisis intervention. Assessment and case management for crisis situations.

Roles and responsibilities of counselors and other helping professionals in post-trauma exposure intervention. Covers types of potentially traumatic events, effects of trauma, assessment issues and potential outcomes, and common elements in treatment interventions for trauma.

Roles and responsibilities of counselors and other helping professionals working in settings where clients have experienced multiple exposures to traumatic stressors throughout childhood and continuing into adulthood. Examines the neurobiological, developmental, cognitive, behavioral and relational issues that emerge from childhood/life span abuse. Examines how to adapt treatment for clients presenting with complex trauma exposures.

One of the following:

Roles and responsibilities of counselors and other helping professionals in creative arts, drama, play and other experiential approaches in trauma-informed counseling across the life span. Use of metaphor, somatic exercises and body-based interventions.

Roles and responsibilities of counselors and other helping professionals in the life span development of resistance, resiliency and recovery skills during prevention and early intervention. How to work with settings that have repeated community traumas, (e.g., crime and gun violence). Self-care of the counselor.

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