Continuing Education Professional Certificates

Trauma Certificate Program

The Trauma Certificate is designed to help human service professionals learn techniques to improve their work with children, adolescents, adults, and families who have experienced trauma.

This certificate will:

  • Address trauma across the lifespan
  • Emphasize interdisciplinary practice
  • Enhance knowledge of self and secondary trauma
  • Emphasize the impact of trauma on the brain and behavior
  • Be culturally responsive
  • Encourage professional interaction using a trauma informed lens

The Trauma Certificate will be relevant for:

  • Social workers
  • Educators
  • Medical professionals
  • Psychologists
  • Law enforcement
  • Child welfare workers
  • Other behavioral health professionals

Core Courses:

Courses will be offered in Traverse City, MI at the Great Lakes Summer Institute and at future dates. Register here. All courses can be taken as part of the certificate or on their own.


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Adoption Certificate Program

The Adoption Certificate program is designed to help professionals working with adoptive families meet the unique needs of this population. Post adoption services are needed now more than ever as foster, kinship, and recruited families are adopting children from the child welfare system.

This program contains seven adoption-focused courses that provide a foundation for adoption-centered practice. This program will focus on evidence-based practice and will equip you with the specialized knowledge and skills needed to work effectively with adoptive families. Creating adoption competency in professionals providing services to adoptive families and their children is the goal of this program. Course content reflects clinical treatment areas of special importance to therapists and those offering post adoption services as well as child welfare service functions, including protective services, foster care, and adoption with the emphasis on assessment, preparation, and supporting families raising children not born to them. Practitioners and child welfare professionals are encouraged to take any of the courses offered, even if completion of the overall certificate is not the goal.

Objectives for the Adoption Certificate are:

  • Provide a philosophical basis for treating and supporting adoptive families.
  • Address the common issues that adoptive families bring to treatment settings.
  • Provide adoption-sensitive treatment strategies.
  • Decrease the risk of adoptive families relinquishing their adopted children.

Courses are offered on a rotating basis. Check our course catalog for current offerings.

Supervision in Child and Family Services Certificate Program

The Supervision in Child and Family Services Certificate is designed to promote retention of child and family services workers by increasing your skill sets if you are a current or aspiring task or program supervisor or agency leader. This series of courses combines one face-to-face course and five self-study courses that are designed to teach you how to create a positive culture for staff retention, by giving you supervisory competencies, tools, and methods of supervision, and information on how to orient, support, and train new staff during their first six months on the job. By improving your supervision skills and retention practices, you will be able to improve outcomes for children and families.

This material was originally developed and organized in partnership with the Michigan Federation for Children and Families-a statewide association of private nonprofit child and family service agencies. In order to be eligible for the certificate, one face-to-face course, "The Role of Leaders in Staff Retention," is required, plus five self-study workshops must be completed. All courses can also be taken independently. All self-study courses are available online.

Face-to-face course (Offered each May - Check our course catalog for current offerings.

  • The Role of Leaders in Staff Retention 6 CECHs

Online/self-study courses:

  • The Practice of Retention-focused Supervision 2 CECHs
  • Working with Differences 2 CECHs
  • Communication Skills 2 CECHs
  • The First Six Months 2 CECHs
  • Recruiting and Selecting the Right Staff 2 CECHs

These certificates will kick-off at the Great Lakes Summer Institute, July 12-14, 2017, with a trauma track throughout the three full days of training! Registration opens in March. More information on the full certificate program offerings will be released in summer 2017.

Special thanks to our Advisory Committee:
Kelley Blanck, Tina Blaschke-Thompson, Sara Deprez, Amanda Dubey-Zerka, Tana Fedewa, Marisa Fisher, Jessica Martin, Amanda Morgan, Linda Schneider, Karlin Tichenor, Cheryl Williams-Hecksel