Graduate Certificate in Trauma and Resilience


This graduate certificate in trauma and resilience will better prepare professionals to be competent in understanding and applying a trauma-informed approach in a variety of environments. A trauma-informed approach refers to how an agency, organization, and/or community, responsible for providing services such as mental health, education, crisis, and/or criminal justice services, thinks about providing those services in a way that supports prevention, resilience, and recovery. In this approach, all components of service delivery incorporate a thorough understanding of the prevalence and impact of trauma and the complex and varied paths in which people recover and heal from trauma. A definition of a trauma-informed approach incorporates three key elements: (1) realizing the prevalence of trauma; (2) recognizing how trauma affects all individuals involved with the program, organization, or system, including its own workforce; and, (3) responding by putting this knowledge into practice (http://www.samhsa.gov/traumajustice/traumadefinition/index.aspx).

Curriculum (15 Credits)

The Trauma and Resilience (TR) certificate is a 15 credit certificate. Three courses (9 credits) are the TIA core courses and are required of all students.  The additional two elective courses (6 credits) required for the certificate are drawn from existing courses within the CSBS, COE, or COHP.

Trauma and Resilience Core Courses (9 credits)

PSY 6100 Trauma and the Brain

PSY 6200 Resilience and Self-Care

PSY 6300 Leadership in Trauma-Informed Approaches

Electives (6 Credits)

Students will select two elective courses (6 Credits) from their respective College(s)

Education Elective Courses

Education Majors are required to take MED 6801.

MED 6801 Building a Responsive Classroom

MEC 6607 Ethical Issues in School Counseling

MEC 7501 Family Counseling

MEC 7502 The Counselor as Consultant

MEC 8015 Mental Health Seminar

Health Professions Elective Courses

MSN 6646 Philosophy and Ethics in Advanced Nursing Roles

MSN 7741 Politics and Policy in the Healthcare System

MSN 8900 Nurse Leadership Portfolio

Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective Courses

AFM 6630 Family Dynamics

AFM 6640 Families and Crisis

AFM 6650 Family Resource Management

AHS 7640 Social Policy, Advocacy and Human Services

AHS 7650 Managing Children and Family Services

AHS 7655 Principles of Creating a Human Service Organization

AHS 7670 Alcohol and Other Drugs Program Management

MAJ 6613 Mental Health and the Law

MAJ 6614 Addiction Studies

MAJ 6615 Therapeutic Strategies for Criminal Justice Offenders

This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2023-2024 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2022 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.