Post-Graduate Trauma Counseling Certificate

The Post-Graduate Certificate in Trauma Response Services program is offered by George Fox University's Trauma Response Institute (TRI) and is designed for:

  • Current graduate students in a mental health, education, ministerial or medical degree program
  • Post-graduates with a master's degree or above in mental health, education, ministry or medicine who desire to earn a specialized concentration in post-traumatic stress prevention and intervention services

The primary objectives of the certificate are 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.

This 12-hour specialty is comprised of didactic and experiential courses reflecting best practices in trauma response, PTSD prevention and intervention strategies. The curriculum allows participants 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 anytime during the academic year.

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

Curriculum Overview

The 12-unit post-graduate certificate curriculum is comprised of 12 1-unit courses divided among three distinct content blocks:

Block A - Foundational Knowledge

Participants will gain a considerable overview of the nature of traumatic stress and its impact on individuals, relationships, and broader communities.

Block B - Best-Practice Strategies

This sequence is comprised of a series of electives that examine evidence-based intervention strategies with specific populations. While all registrants take TRMA 560 Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Applications, each registrant will choose three additional application-based courses of particular interest to the student.

Block C - Research Project

The research project is the culminating project whereby the student completes a trauma-focused project of one's choice. In addition, Block C requires the student to demonstrate mastery in the pragmatics of trauma response.

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