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Online Trauma-Informed Clinical Foundation

Our online certificate program provides a foundational education in clinical trauma work.

Participants of this program develop skills, knowledge and awareness of the healing and recovery process needed to effectively work with trauma survivors.

The program can also serve as the entry to more advanced trauma study. The certificate coursework, approximately 42 hours, can be applied to our Trauma-Informed Care & Counseling Certificate Program for a more in-depth education. Additionally, you may decide to pursue specific topics that will be most beneficial to your work through our workshops covering cognitive processing therapy, sensorimotor psychotherapy, art and play therapy and more.

“The training has changed the way I assess my clients' needs.”
Certificate Program Participant

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Knowledge and Skills

Upon completion of the certificate program, you will be able to:

  • Recognize how psychological trauma contributes significantly in the development of many problems such as various psychiatric disorders, addictions, behavioral disorders, suicidal behavior, personality disorders, violent behavior and chronic health problems.
  • Understand that based on expert consensus, the three-phase model of trauma treatment is best practice: (1) stabilization and managing responses to the trauma; (2) resolution of the traumatic memories which includes processing and grieving the memories; (3) personality re-integration and rehabilitation (reconnecting with life, relationships and the world in healthy way).
  • Know the models of trauma, the neurobiological basis of trauma, symptom criteria for Acute and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, evidence-based and other effective treatment methods.
  • Use self-care methods to minimize burnout, vicarious traumatization and compassion fatigue.
  • Know how to implement a trauma-informed care model in an organization.
  • Understand the relationship between trauma and addiction, and the role of shame.
  • Experience expanded knowledge regarding trauma and other populations or treatment approaches based on the elective course selected.
Please note that this certificate program does not verify competence in the field, but rather indicates completion of the required training. Acquisition of new knowledge and skills improves your ability to deliver services.

Program Format

  • You have up to 18 months to complete the program, although you may complete it in a shorter timeframe.
  • Online courses are provided in a video format that you will view on your computer (Internet access and speakers are required). PowerPoints, readings and other materials are included on the course website. Based on best continuing education practice, a quiz is included to verify your acquisition of knowledge. You have up to 60 days to complete an online course from the date of purchase.
  • Review the instruction to the online format for more information.

Coursework

  • Online: Overview of the Nature and Treatment of Trauma (9 hours)
    We strongly recommend that you take this course first.
  • Online: Self-Care in Trauma Work (7.5 hours)
  • Online: Evidence-based Methods for Trauma Treatment (6 hours)
  • Online: Creating Systems of Trauma-informed Care (6 hours)
  • Online: Trauma & Addiction: Integrating Research into Practice (5.25 hours)
  • Online: Trauma & Shame: The Unseen Wound (3 hours)
  • Choose 6 hours of online elective courses or Buffalo, N.Y., elective courses.

University at Buffalo MSW Credit Courses

Some University at Buffalo MSW credit courses may count toward the online certificate program if taken within three years of the program start date.

> Check the MSW Credit Courses page for a current list

Register

  • Register for the program online with a credit card or an eCheck from your bank account.
  • Or, you can print and mail the application. Include the $25 application fee. 
  • Eligibility: a minimum of a bachelor's degree in a human service discipline (psychology, criminal justice, sociology, nursing, social work, etc.) or a bachelor's degree and one year of work with clients in a human service organization
  • Once you receive email notification of acceptance, you will be able to access the online catalog and enroll in courses. This is a separate process and you will need to set up an online account to choose and pay for courses. With acceptance to the certificate program, you will be eligible for the discounted price option for trauma courses.
  • View the online catalog. Select the 'Certificate Programs' category on the left side category list.  This will show you a list of the current Trauma-Informed Certificate Programs. Select the one you are enrolled in.  At the top of this page, you will find links to sub-categories for foundation courses and elective courses.

Questions about registering? Contact us at sw-ce@buffalo.edu or 716-829-5841

Cost

  • As indicated above, there is a $25 application fee.
  • You can pay for one course at a time. The average cost of a 5-6 hour course is approximately $100. Once accepted into the certificate program, you will be eligible for the discounted price option for trauma courses.
  • The cost is approximately $800 for the total program, subject to change.
  • You have up to 18 months to complete the program, although you may complete it in a shorter timeframe if that works best for you.
  • Online courses provide a video format that you watch through a computer that has internet access and speakers. The course site remembers where you left off so you can watch each one in short segments if that best fits your schedule. PowerPoints, readings and other materials are included on the course website. Based on best continuing education practice, a quiz is included to verify your acquisition of knowledge. You have up to 60 days to complete an online course from the date of purchase.
  • Pay for trainings as you register for them.
  • Please review the instruction to the online format.
  • Visit the online catalog and find the courses in the designated trauma category.

Self-Care in Trauma Work Sampler

As you prepare for the Online Trauma-Informed Clinical Foundation Certificate Program, we invite you to watch a sample video from Elaine Hammond, LMSW, about the importance of self-care in trauma work. You may also download the PowerPoints.

Testimonials
Janice Carello

"I have to tell you what a rewarding experience it has been for me to participate in the Trauma Certificate Program. I look not only at social work but also at the world in a whole new way as a result of what I've learned, and I find myself sharing this new knowledge, this new perspective, with others."