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The online Postgraduate Trauma Certificate Program (PGTC), provides a critical overview of trauma, as participants are immersed in cutting edge knowledge about treating trauma, trauma theory, and neurophysiology. Participants learn to critically assess conceptualizations of trauma and traumatic impact, and apply current principles of intervention and program planning, while considering the larger social, cultural forces at work that shape both exposure to and recovery from traumatic experiences. The PGTC, is for anyone with a master's degree or higher in fields of human service or allied health and an interest in increasing their knowledge about trauma and trauma treatment.

The PGTC is an online certificate program that consists of 3 modules. Each module is comprised of 15 Contact Hours. Application has been made for ASWB CEUs and is pending approval. Modules may be taken a la carte or in conjunction with one another, to earn the PGTC. Once the PGTC is started, each participant will have 1 year to complete the entirety of the Certificate. The cost for each module is $350 and is payable online at the time of registration. The modules are:

  • Neurophysiology
    This module contains 5 Parts and each part has associated readings. The parts of this Module include: Genetics, Epigenetics, Neurobiology, Stress and Hormones, and Resilience.
  • Trauma Theory
    This module covers trauma theory that is used to provide evidence based treatment. The course also includes some of the most recent findings regarding long-term neurobiological effects that result for traumatic experiences.
  • Treatment of Trauma
    This module includes 5 sections:
    1. Safety and Vicarious Traumatization
    2. Identifying Trauma & Assessment
    3. Trauma Focused CBT, Psychoeducation & Affect Regulation
    4. Cognitive Intervention & Emotional Processing
    5. Mindfulness & Trauma

Each module is available online, is user-friendly and self-paced and consists of videos, voice-over PowerPoint-style presentations, downloadable articles, handouts, and quizzes.

Click here to Register for a Postgraduate Trauma Certificate Module



The 21st Century has seen a different scale of tragedies (9/11 and Katrina are just two examples); use of the internet to engage in sexual exploitation; immigrants coming from countries wreaked by war, genocide, sexual slavery, and human-made/natural disasters such as tsunamis, cyclones, and earthquakes.

National prevalence rates indicate that over 50% of individuals in the general population experience at least one traumatic event in their lives (Kessler, Sonnega, Bromet, Hughes, & Nelson, 1995). Approximately 6 million people in the United States alone are diagnosed with PTSD and Acute Stress Disorders occur in up to 50% of trauma-exposed individuals depending upon the type of trauma experienced.

Those who experience trauma also have a higher prevalence of substance abuse and depression and are at greater risk for negative health outcomes such as diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease and premature death (CDC, 2010).

Most mental health and health professionals do not have professional training in trauma. Given the high prevalence of trauma-exposed individuals and trauma related disorders, it is critical that those working in the mental and physical health fields understand the trauma process and have the prerequisite knowledge and skills to help individuals address and recover from traumatic events.



Here's what just a few of our Postgraduate Trauma Certificate Program graduates have to say about the program:

"With so much new information available it can be hard to keep up on your own. The lectures and readings that make up the Trauma Certificate were not just relevant and up to date, but interesting and compelling."
-Mitzi Hines, LCSW

"The Neuroscience Module has given me the tools to talk more in-depth about the importance of healthy relationships, genetics, epigenetics, and brain development. I especially believe that understanding Neuroscience is paramount for our field when evaluating and modifying current therapeutic practices, programs, and policies."
--Maribeth Gambill, LSSW, LCSW

"I enjoyed the Trauma Theory Module. I think this in-depth look at both classical theories as well as newer concepts is important for any trauma clinician, both for use in practice but also for psychoeducational purposes."
--Waheeda Saif, LICSW

"I appreciated the balance of scholarly journal articles coupled with practitioner-based best practices [in the Trauma Treatment Module]. This module definitely enhanced my knowledge of trauma. The knowledge gained will also positively impact how I train my practitioners and how I engage with clients."
--Nicole Cobb, EdD



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