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Trauma Certificate

Why Pursue a Trauma Certificate?

The Trauma Certificate offers trauma-informed training for mental health and humanitarian aid professionals from a Christian worldview.

The nine-credit graduate Trauma Certificate equips practitioners to work with individuals who have been impacted by a wide array of traumatic experiences on a global scale.

The Trauma Certificate may be pursued by current students and alumni of the School of Psychology, Counseling, and Family therapy and the Humanitarian Disaster Leadership graduate programs. Additionally, curently-practicing providers in mental health related disciplines, pastors providing counseling and care, and humanitarian aid professionals are encouraged to consider adding this valuable Trauma Certificate to their credentials.*

Overall, this certificate program will help prepare Christian professionals to provide care to a hurting world in service of Christ and His Kingdom and the global church.

* non-Wheaton student enrollees must have at least a master's-level education to pursue the Trauma Certificate.


Trauma Certificate Requirements

An introduction to interpersonal trauma, crisis counseling, and models of resiliency. Emphasis on providing evidence-based clinical interventions in interpersonal trauma and crisis situations, including emergencies requiring advocacy, intervention, and support. Topics addressed include sexual trauma, domestic violence, vicarious trauma, psychological first aid, suicide prevention models, and community based prevention and intervention strategies. Counselors’ roles and responsibilities during crises and counselor self-care strategies will be explored. (3 credits)

*Please note that each course description provides only a few examples of what will be covered in each class. Overall, the certificate curriculum will introduce students to a wide range of diverse trauma treatment approaches, modalities, and interventions. Each course will provide in-depth clinical application and examples. For each approach, students will also examine both the possible strengths and limitations of current trauma treatments and learn how to critically evaluate interventions from an evidence-based and integrative perspective.

This course covers advanced diagnosis and treatment of trauma-related sequelae. The emphasis of the course will center on the development of skills in conducting research-supported therapy including trauma assessments, phase-oriented treatment models, neurobiology of trauma sequelae, Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy (DBT). (3 credits) (Prerequisites: CMHC 632)

*Please note that each course description provides only a few examples of what will be covered in each class. Overall, the certificate curriculum will introduce students to a wide range of diverse trauma treatment approaches, modalities, and interventions. Each course will provide in-depth clinical application and examples. For each approach, students will also examine both the possible strengths and limitations of current trauma treatments and learn how to critically evaluate interventions from an evidence-based and integrative perspective.

This course presents an overview of evidence- based and informed psychosocial care and mental health interventions for disaster and trauma survivors. The course will explore topics such as cognitive, affective, behavioral, and neurological effects associated with trauma; brief, intermediate and long-term approaches; assessment strategies for intervention for individuals affected by crises, emergency, or disaster. Human suffering of mental illnesses will be examined through a biblical lens, and students will have the chance to analyze and facilitate evidence-based interventions with a culturally-informed perspective. (3 credits) (Prerequisites: CMHC 632, CMHC 635)

*Please note that each course description provides only a few examples of what will be covered in each class. Overall, the certificate curriculum will introduce students to a wide range of diverse trauma treatment approaches, modalities, and interventions. Each course will provide in-depth clinical application and examples. For each approach, students will also examine both the possible strengths and limitations of current trauma treatments and learn how to critically evaluate interventions from an evidence-based and integrative perspective.


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Partnership with the Humanitarian Disaster Institute

Because trauma-informed care is one of the most necessary components of humanitarian and disaster response, the School of Psychology, Counseling, and Family Therapy has partnered with the Humanitarian Disaster Institute's (HDI) M.A. in Humanitarian and Disaster Leadership (HDL) to offer the Trauma Certificate in a specialized track specifically tailored to humanitarian and disaster responders.

On-campus/Hybrid Class Offerings

CMHC 632 Intro to Trauma & Crisis Counseling (3), 05/26/20 – 05/30/20 on campus

CMHC 635 Advanced Trauma-Focused Assessment & Intervention (3) 01/07/21 – 01/09/21 on campus followed by 7 weeks online

HDI 654 Disaster, Crisis, & Trauma Intervention (3) 05/18/21 - 05/19/21 followed by 7 weeks online

Online Class Offerings

CMHC 632 Intro to Trauma & Crisis Counseling (3) Fall semester, 15 weeks online, begin 08/27/20

CMHC 635 Advanced Trauma-Focused Assessment & Intervention (3) 15 weeks online, begin 01/11/21

HDI 654 Disaster, Crisis, & Trauma Intervention (3) 15 weeks online, begin 05/24/21