Post-Master of Science in Counseling: Trauma Certificate

Offered By: College of Humanities and Social Sciences


Elevate Your Career in Professional Counseling

The Post-Master of Science in Counseling: Trauma Certificate is designed for professionals who desire to advance their education in counseling or other behavioral health areas. This post master's certificate in trauma program within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences prepares you to assess and treat developmental, childhood and adulthood trauma-related disorders. Expect to engage in an exhaustive study of human behavior and trauma-informed care, including the mind-body experience of trauma; stress and anxiety disorders; and interpersonal violence.

During these online courses, you learn about the diagnostic, assessment and treatment processes related to trauma disorders. You also acquire a specialty in trauma-informed care, including understanding, identifying and responding to the effects of different types of trauma. Curriculum helps you adopt the skills and techniques for treating trauma that disrupts development, impacts relationships and affects mental health.

You must have a master's or doctorate degree in counseling, substance abuse counseling, clinical or counseling psychology, marriage and family therapy, behavioral health, social work, nursing and psychiatry medicine.

Degree Outcomes

Make a Difference in Lives Affected by Trauma

Equipped with this post master's certificate in trauma certificate, you have greater overall knowledge of childhood and adolescence disorders, marriage and family therapy and trauma. A more in-depth understanding of diagnosing and treating stress and anxiety disorders, as well as best practices for trauma treatment plans, enable you to make a greater impact on people who may suffer from a trauma-related experience.

What You Will Learn

Develop a Specialty in Trauma-Informed Care

Course topics include:

  • Introduction to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) in relation to the field of counseling
  • Historical context for treatment of trauma-related disorders
  • Comprehensive understanding of interpersonal violence, including analysis of contributing factors and treatment implications
  • Short-term and longitudinal impacts of childhood trauma
  • Investigation of community and global crisis

Career Outcomes

Grow as a Leader in Counseling and Behavioral Health

You may possess the critical thinking skills and training to excel as a mental health counselor or helping professional in the fields of counseling, behavioral health, social work and other related areas. Continuing your education expands your knowledge base and helps position you into a leadership role where you can create greater positive and effective outcomes.

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Total Program Credits: 15
Online: 8 weeks
Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the total program requirements in transfer (whichever is less)

Online: $515 per credit [More Info]

Course List

The programs offered at Grand Canyon University may vary by content and course length. You are currently viewing the program version available in Arizona. For information about specific course content, credit length and VA approval in your state, please contact a counselor at 1-855-GCU-LOPE or click here to request more information.
15 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
15 credits

Program 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.

Program Locations


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 offers the most experienced leadership in delivering online degree programs. Full-time faculty members and fully trained adjunct instructors, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Designed with the career-oriented professional in mind, our online classes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Choose from programs across our distinct colleges, in high-demand employment areas. Classes begin frequently.


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. Night classes are designed for a specific number of students, providing a warm and nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. In an evening cohort, you will progress through your degree program with the same career-minded classmates, providing an opportunity to network and forge relationships that go beyond the classroom. Classes begin frequently at various locations, including our main campus.

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

Program Domains

* The Department of Education defines how an institution must calculate a program's On-Time Completion rate for federal disclosure purposes. The On-Time Completion rate is based on a program's published required number of months to complete all degree requirements as provided in the institution's catalog. Completion statistics are updated every January and are based on the cohort of students who started the program in the same year and then graduated within the published program length.

Online and Evening program disclosures (11 months)

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.