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Post Graduate Trauma Certificate

The online Post Graduate Trauma Certificate (PGTC) is a continuing education certificate program that delivers a critical overview of trauma and a deep understanding of neurophysiology, trauma theory, and trauma treatment and how these concepts intersect. The PGTC has been developed for anyone with a graduate degree (master’s degree or higher) in fields of social work, counseling, human service and allied health professions who have interest in increasing knowledge and skills to deal with trauma and trauma recovery. This online certificate includes user-friendly, self-paced modules that incorporate videos, voice-over PowerPoint’s, downloadable articles, handouts, and quizzes. The PGTC contains cutting-edge information developed by clinical and research experts in the field of trauma care. As a continuing education certificate, participants do not apply to the graduate school, no grades are given, and therefore the certificate will not appear on your University of Tennessee, Knoxville transcript.



Each module is comprised of 10 Continuing Education Hours as approved by the NASW-TN. Certificates of completion, reflecting 10 CE credits, will be electronically available upon the completion of each module.


Modules may be taken a la carte or in conjunction with one another.


The cost for each module is $350 and is payable online at the time of registration. Note: No cancellations, transfers, or refunds are regularly available. Special considerations will be received on a case by case basis.


To earn the Post Graduate Certificate, all three modules must be completed. Each participant has 1 year from beginning to complete the entirety of the Certificate. Upon completion of the entire certificate program (all three modules), the certificate of completion will be delivered electronically.

Three Course Modules

Participants will master important evidence-based information and newly researched material as they earn their Post Graduate Trauma Certificate from the University of Tennessee, College of Social Work. The three modules comprising the certificate are:

Neurophysiology of Trauma
Theoretical Perspectives on Trauma Response and Treatment
Clinical Interventions with Persons Exposed to Traumatic History

Click on these modules to read more about the topics covered in each and to sign up for an individual module.


If you have any questions related to the certificate program, the process of earning a certificate, the content, or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact

Margaret McMillan
Continuing Education Coordinator

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Discounts Available:

  • Active Military, Alumni, and Senior Citizen (15% off)
  • Social Service Agency Staff (20% off)
  • UT Field Instructor (25% off)
  • UT Faculty/Staff (25%)
  • College of Social Work Faculty/Staff (50%)

Available upon request. Discount applies to the entire certificate program, not on a per-module basis.
Discount eligibility requires documentation/proof for verification.

For pricing discounts and/or social service agencies wanting to enroll multiple employees (agency staff should have their HR representative contact us with a list of employees who will be taking the training), please contact Margaret McMillan at .

If you should experience any technical issues registering for the certificate, making payment, signing into the system, or using the system, please contact the University of Tennessee OIT Help Desk at 865-974-9900. When the Help Desk technician answers, let them know that you are calling about a problem using the “Canvas Catalog” system (it’s very important that you use both of those two words). That will let the technician know to route your call to the appropriate team to assist you.
Please note: Canvas Catalog support members typically work 8:00am-5:00pm Eastern Time. If you are in another time zone, you will likely need to arrange to call during those times.

Thank you so much for being part of the resolution of trauma for others through your important work.