Trauma Certificate Program

Because trauma is a critical emerging and rapidly evolving field, social workers need integrated up-to-date training in working with diverse populations affected by wide-ranging traumatic experiences, including chronic interpersonal and/or community violence, natural disasters, combat trauma, and terrorism.

The Trauma Certificate Program has been conceptualized with these contemporary issues in mind. Students will learn to analyze conceptualizations of trauma and traumatic impact, apply current principles of intervention and program planning, and consider the larger social, cultural, and political forces at work which shape both exposure to and recovery from traumatic experiences. A significant theme of the program is professional self-care, including the implementation of agency responses that are supportive of self care.

Students are invited to apply to the Trauma Certificate Program in their first year (or first term of completed field work for part-time students) with completion of courses and field work in the final year of the MSW. Trauma Certificate students will graduate with specialized knowledge in trauma-focused intervention at multiple levels of social work practice. The School will award a certificate to students who complete the required courses and trauma-focused field placement.

Trauma Certificate Program Requirements

Course Requirements

The Trauma Certificate Program (TCP) requires advanced courses as follows:

  1. Yearlong once-monthly Integrative Seminar in Trauma-related Practice.
    Required—held one Wednesday per month, 12–2 p.m.
    If students are not able to arrange their schedule to attend the monthly seminar, they will not be able to complete the TCP requirements.
  2. Clinical Practice and Trauma (take at least one fall semester, 2nd year)
    • CP 803 Adults
    • CP 804 Children & Adolescents

Guided Electives

(Choose three.)
The course menu below is offered as a guideline for TCP program planning. As clinical, policy and HB electives continue to expand, the possible course selections may be modified.

Category A Electives—Policy

(Choose one from this group.)

  • WP 707 Social Welfare Policy and Programs on Children
  • WP 710 Family Law and Children’s Rights
  • WP 711 Substance Abuse Policy
  • WP 770 Urban Poverty
  • WP 703 International Social Policy—only for students specializing in immigrants and refugees or another international focus

Category B Electives

(Choose two from this group. Note: this category counts in the free elective category.)

Clinical Practice Electives
  • CP 794 Clinical Intervention with Children
  • CP 795 Cognitive & Behavioral Therapy
  • CP 801 Clinical Practice with Adolescents in Social Contexts
  • CP 807 Clinical Practice with Older Adults
Human Behavior

Strongly recommended

  • HB 751 Human Neuropsychology (if available)
  • HB 723 Adult Psychopathology -or- HB 727 Child Psychopathology
  • HB 741 Family Violence in Society

Field Placement Requirements

In addition to course requirements, students are required to elect a second-year field placement that focuses primarily on work with and/or on behalf of populations experiencing trauma.