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.

Special thanks to our Advisory Committee: Kelley Blanck, Melea Bullock, Amanda Dubey-Zerka, Amanda Morgan, Cheryl Williams-Hecksel, Tina Blaschke-Thompson, Sara Deprez, Tana Fedewa, Marisa Fisher, Kathy Forest, Officer Jessica Martin, Molly Minnick, Holly Rosen, Erin Skinner, Lara Slee, and Karlin Tichenor.

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:

Level 1

  • Understanding Trauma
  • Trauma and the Brain
  • Secondary Trauma and Self-care

Level 2

  • Trauma Informed Organizations
  • Trauma Assessment for Use in Child Practice
  • Trauma Assessment for Use in Adult Practice
  • Promoting Resiliency Through Trauma Informed Supervision
  • Promoting Resiliency Through Leading and Belonging to Trauma Informed Teams

Register here. All courses can be taken as part of the certificate or on their own.

Electives:

In-Person
  • May 24, 2019 – 4414 – Healing Racial Violence: The Power of Consciousness and Communication
  • May 30, 2019 – 4415 – Crisis Intervention Skills for First Responders
  • May 31, 2019 – 605-19 – Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Neuroscience, ACEs, and Resilience
  • July 9-10, 2019 – 4420 – Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD
  • July 11, 2019 – 4421 – Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD in Groups
  • August 8-9, 2019 – 4423 – Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): The Impact on Health and Social Well-being
  • August 12-13, 2019 – 4424 – Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Webinar
  • May 21, 2019 – 505-19 – Clinical Strategies for Treating Trauma in Transgender Youth
  • June 6, 2019 – 211-19 - Big Behavior and Trauma: Similarities, Differences, and Strategies for Working with Traumatized Youth
  • June 12, 2019 – 212-19 – Why It’s Wrong to Assume Infants Are Resilient: Exploring the Effects of Trauma in Pregnancy and Infancy

Frequently Asked Questions:

Downloads:

Please visit our Trauma Certificate Application survey to apply for the certificate.

To complete the application please submit your administration fee of $15 in one of the following ways:

Checks and money orders payable to:
Michigan State University
MSU School of Social Work CE Programs
2 Baker Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824

If you would like to pay with a credit card please download our credit card form and complete the credit card information fields. Please note you will have to fax or mail the form. We are unable to take payments over the phone or email due to University Policy.

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 six self-study courses 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, you must complete all six self-study workshops must be completed. All courses can also be taken independently.

Online/self-study courses:

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

Frequently Asked Questions:

Please visit our Supervision Certificate Application survey to apply for the certificate.

To complete the application please submit your administration fee of $15 in one of the following ways:

Checks and money orders payable to:
Michigan State University
MSU School of Social Work CE Programs
2 Baker Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824

If you would like to pay with a credit card please download our credit card form and complete the credit card information fields. Please note you will have to fax or mail the form. We are unable to take payments over the phone or email due to University Policy.

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