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-Informed Teams
  • Trauma-Informed Supervision
  • 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.

Current Courses
500-21 Thursday, February 4, 2021 9:00AM - 12:15PM Healing Racial Violence: The Power of Consciousness & Communication Elective
501-21 Wednesday, February 17, 2021 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Trauma Assessment for Use in Adult Practice Level 2 Core Course
518-21 Tuesday, March 9, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM Trauma and Substance Abuse Disorders in a Time of Pandemic Elective
207-21 Thursday, April 15, 2021 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM The Effects of Trauma on Our Community Elective
508-21 Tuesday, April 20, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM Understanding the Impact of Sexual Assault in the Lives of African American Women Elective
213-21 Monday, April 26, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM Youth aging out of foster care: Body-based practices to promote post-traumatic growth Elective
215-21 Wednesday, May 12, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM Big Behavior and Trauma: Similarities, Differences and Strategies for Working with Traumatized Youth Elective
511-21 Monday, May 17, 2021 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Trauma Assessment for Use in Child Practice  Level 2 Core Course
209-21 Tuesday, June 15, 2021 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM Human Trafficking for Child Welfare Professionals Elective
217-21 Thursday, August 12, 2021 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM Healing Racial Violence: The Power of Consciousness & Communication Elective

Frequently Asked Questions:

+What is the Trauma Certificate?
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. The general public is invited to attend any of the programs listed in this catalog.
+Will I be a certified Trauma Counselor after I complete the Trauma Certificate?
No, this certificate is meant to help introduce you to trauma informed techniques for your work, enhance and build on your current skills, and once completed, provide you with an extra endorsement in resume building and job searching efforts.
+What are the course requirements for completion?

LEVEL 1 REQUIREMENTS

  • Total of 45 CECHs
  • 3 Core courses = 18 hours of training
    • Understanding Trauma
    • Trauma and the Brain
    • Secondary Traumatic Stress and Self Care
  • Electives = 27 Hours of Training
    • Choose from a variety of in-person, live webinar or online on-demand courses.

Trauma electives can be applied to both level 1 and 2. Can only take each course one time. Level 2 core courses can count as Level 1 electives, but you will need to select different core courses for Level 2 to meet the criteria for that level. No course can be counted twice to meet the level requirements.

LEVEL 2 REQUIREMENTS

  • Total of 45 CECHs
  • 6 core courses to choose from (18 CECHs required) = each are 3 -6 hours long
  • Electives = 27 Hours of Training
    • Choose from a variety of in-person, live webinar or online on-demand courses.

Trauma electives can be applied to both level 1 and 2. Can only take each course one time. Level 2 core courses can count as Level 1 electives, but you will need to select different core courses for Level 2 to meet the criteria for that level. No course can be counted twice to meet the level requirements.

+How long do I have to complete the Trauma Certificate?
Each level needs to be completed within a 4 year timeframe, for a total of up to 8 years to complete both level 1 and 2.
+Do I need to take the courses in any particular order? How will I know which courses are eligible for the certificate?
No, you can take the courses in any order that fits your schedule. The courses are planned well in advance, we publish a Catalog twice a year and the certificate eligible courses will be identified in each Catalog.
+Are all the courses in-person only?
The trauma certificate courses are being developed to meet the multi-modal needs of attendees. There will be a mix of in-person, live webinar and online courses available through the MSU School of Social Work Continuing Education Program. Choose from a variety of in-person workshops, live webinars, and/or online courses.
+Do I need to be an active student or Alumni of MSU to take Trauma Certificate courses?
No, this certificate is open to all human service professionals that are seeking more knowledge and understanding of trauma.
+Do I need to apply for the certificate?
You will fill out a trauma certificate application once you have met the course requirements, verifying which courses you have completed as part of the certificate. It is important that you keep all your certificates to track your completion of the core courses and electives. Then, your application will be confirmed by the MSU School of Social Work Continuing Education department staff.
+Do I need to be a social worker to take Trauma Certificate courses?
No, this certificate is an interdisciplinary certificate, with course offerings available for mental health, medical professionals, educators, law enforcement/courts, child welfare, veteran services and other human service professionals.
+Do any trauma courses that I’ve completed in the past count toward the current Trauma Certificate?
The only past trauma course that will count toward the Trauma Certificate is Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). You must have completed the full TF-CBT course through MSU School of Social Work Continuing Education, or the full TF-CBT course through the State of Michigan, within the last 8 years. You must provide verification of completion. The remaining courses must be completed through MSU School of Social Work Continuing Education. The online component required for TFCBT certification does not count toward the Trauma Certificate.
+Do I have to be working towards the certificate to take your courses?
No. All of our courses can be taken on their own with no pre-requisites.
+Can I be a trainer for your certificate courses?
All interested individuals can submit a proposal by visiting our website at https://www.socialwork.msu.edu/CE/Announcements under “I would like to present a workshop”….
+Do you offer Continuing Education credits for professionals other than Social Work?
Yes! Currently, we have our three core courses approved to provide MCOLES for law enforcement and SCECHs for educators. We are also approved to designate certain courses as APT for play therapy. We are working to expand our ability to offer continuing education for other professionals in the future.
+I don't live in Michigan, can I complete this certificate?
Yes! Currently, the required 3 core courses are only offered in-person but there are many live webinar and online offerings to assist with completing the other training requirements. Our courses are open globally but please make sure you check with your regulatory board to see if our courses meet your licensure requirements.
+If I teach a trauma course, does this count for more credit toward earning the Trauma Certificate?
If you teach a trauma course for us, the amount of CECHs assigned for that course is the amount of hours that can be designated toward the certificate. You cannot count extra hours of preparation, etc., towards certificate hours.
+Once I complete the Trauma Certificate, does this mean I am a certified trauma counselor?
No, this certificate is building skills through training and education in trauma-informed care and intervention strategies. The certificate is intended for skill development and for marketability for individuals seeking this work and/or advancement in trauma-informed positions.

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 need to mail the form. We are unable to take payments over the phone or email due to University Policy.