Earn a Postgraduate Trauma Certificate
The psychological consequences of trauma can be too overwhelming for individuals to work through on their own. Trauma counselors apply evidence-based therapy techniques to nurture human resiliency and mental health wellness. If you feel called to serve others in this capacity, you can earn your trauma counseling certificate at Grand Canyon University (GCU). 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.
In this postgraduate trauma certificate program, you will:
- Learn to assess and treat childhood and adulthood trauma and related disorders.
- Acquire the necessary diagnostic and counseling skills to work with individuals across the lifespan.
- Benefit from a study of human nature and trauma-informed care, including the mind-body experience of trauma.
This certificate in 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.
What You Will Learn in GCU’s Postgraduate Trauma Counseling Certificate Program
You can build a personally fulfilling career by serving others in Christ’s name. During this post-master’s certificate in trauma counseling program, you will develop the leadership qualities and communication skills needed to connect with clients and co-workers on a meaningful level. Deepen your understanding of childhood and adolescent disorders as well as their long-term effects. Explore individual and community-wide crises and consider the use of technology to address crisis situations.
With GCU’s intuitive online platform, you can immerse yourself within a supportive learning environment from anywhere at any time. Earn your postgraduate trauma certificate through online or evening 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
Careers With a Postgraduate Trauma Counseling Certificate
This certificate program will prepare you to apply evidence-based trauma counseling techniques when working with individuals affected by trauma. Trauma counselors may provide psychological first aid to individuals recently affected by trauma, and individuals who suffer from the long-term effects of past 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 agencies
Some trauma counselors may pursue opportunities in private practice.
Postgraduate Trauma Counseling Certificate FAQs
1 Retrieved from Psychology Today, What Does it Mean to Be Trauma-Informed? in July 2022.
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