Post-Master’s Degree in Trauma Counseling

Post-Master of Science in Counseling: Trauma Certificate

Offered By: College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Earn Your Post-Master of Science Trauma Counseling Certificate

The psychological consequences of trauma can be too overwhelming for individuals to work through on their own. Trauma counselors blend compassion with evidence-based therapy techniques to nurture human resiliency and enable clients to move forward from past trauma. If you feel called to serve others in this capacity, you can earn your trauma counseling certificate at Grand Canyon University. The Post-Master of Science in Counseling: Trauma Certificate program, offered by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, is a rigorous curriculum designed to prepare working professionals to specialize in this subfield.

Learn to assess and treat childhood and adulthood trauma and related disorders with understanding and empathy. Acquire the necessary diagnostic and treatment skills to work with individuals across the lifespan. Benefit from an intense study of human nature and trauma-informed care, including the mind-body experience of trauma.

This trauma counseling program is designed for working professionals who hold a master’s degree or doctorate in counseling or a related behavioral health field. Individuals with a graduate degree in substance abuse counseling, social work, clinical psychology or psychiatric medicine are welcome to apply.

Develop a Specialty in Trauma-Informed Care

You can build a personally fulfilling career by serving others in Christ’s name. During this trauma counseling Post-Master of Science certificate program, you will develop the leadership qualities and communication skills necessary to connect with future clients and co-workers on a meaningful level. Deepen your understanding of childhood and adolescence disorders, as well as their long-term consequences. Explore individual and community-wide crises, and consider the impact of 21st century technology on crisis situations.

With GCU’s intuitive online platform, you can immerse yourself within a supportive learning environment from anywhere at any time. Earn your certificate in trauma counseling through online courses. A total of 15 credits are required for completion. Each online course is eight weeks in length, giving you the time needed to thoroughly explore topic areas in depth.

In courses such as Working with Developmental Trauma and Relational Trauma: History and Treatment Issues, you will study the following areas:

  • Current best practices in the assessment and treatment of trauma, including post-traumatic stress disorder, acute stress disorder and other anxiety cluster disorders
  • The contributing factors and treatment implications of interpersonal violence, with a look at bullying behaviors and gender perspectives
  • The short-term and longitudinal impacts of childhood trauma, including attachment disruption and the developmental effects of childhood trauma
  • The best practices of working with a community in crisis, with a look at school-based crisis effects and responses

Elevate Your Career in Trauma Counseling with a Post-MS Certificate

Equipped with the evidence-based trauma counseling techniques you will learn in this program, you will be fully prepared to engage in a meaningful and impactful way with individuals affected by trauma. Trauma counselors may provide psychological first aid to individuals recently affected by trauma, and they may work with individuals who suffer from the long-term consequences of past occurring trauma. Aspiring trauma counselors may pursue work opportunities in a variety of settings, including the following:

  • Schools and universities
  • Military facilities and veteran organizations
  • Nonprofit organizations and NGOs
  • Hospitals and clinics
  • Community-based social work agencies

Some trauma counselors may pursue opportunities in private practice.

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Total Credits: 15
Online: 8 weeks
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Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the total program requirements in transfer (whichever is less)
Online: $565 per credit [More Info]

Course List

15 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
15 credits

Core Courses

Course Description

This survey course provides an introduction to the graduate certificate programs in childhood and adolescence disorders, marriage and family therapy, substance use disorders and addiction, and trauma. Students are introduced to the University policies and procedures, the learning management system, the library, and proper APA formatting for academic writing. In addition, students are introduced to the current DSM and how the information relates to the field of counseling. Students also learn about researching and utilizing community resources, and becoming certified in specializations.

Course Description

This course teaches students the basics of diagnosing and treating post-traumatic stress disorder, acute stress disorder, and other anxiety cluster disorders. This course also provides a historical context for treatment of trauma-related disorders as well as current best practices in the treatment of trauma.

Course Description

This course helps students develop a comprehensive understanding of interpersonal violence. Students analyze the contributing factors of interpersonal violence, treatment implications, and best practices within the context of the helping professions.

Course Description

This course outlines the short-term and longitudinal impacts of childhood trauma. This course pays special attention to the effects of trauma on attachment in the child and the family.

Course Description

This course investigates community and global crisis. This course also reviews best practices of working with communities in crisis.


GCU Online Student

Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere.

GCU Evening Student

Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom.

* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.

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