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Certificate in Trauma Counseling

The Certificate in Trauma Counseling is a training program offered by the School of Continuing Education for those who work with trauma survivors of abuse, violence, war, accident, crime and disaster. Consisting of two courses, Trauma Counseling I and Trauma Counseling II, the entire program provides 84 hours of classroom instruction – 42 hours per course. All instructors have been involved in diverse areas of trauma counseling with a variety of traumatized populations in acute to chronic situations.

Trauma Counseling I and II may be taken for 3 graduate credits OR for 4.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) per course. Within the Trauma Counseling program, students who take the courses for CEUs will receive a Certificate of Completion after finishing each course. Students who take the courses for graduate credit will have course completion documented on their graduate transcripts with 3 credits per course.

Trauma Counseling I and II may also be used toward membership and/or special designation within trauma-focused professional organizations, such as the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists (ATSS). Please follow your state’s policies and procedures for membership and/or special designation.

For Graduate Credit
Graduate credit is available under Nursing, Educational Psychology (Counseling) or Occupational Therapy. Off-campus graduate resident tuition is approximately $1869. For graduate credit enrollment, please contact Allison Hochmuth at 414-229-4599 or hochmuth@uwm.edu. Click “More” for a link to the Off-Campus Graduate Application.

For CEUs
Please select one of the Trauma Counseling I or Trauma Counseling II links under the “Core Courses” section to complete the noncredit enrollment process.

Single courses may be taken without the pursuit of the certificate.

Who Should Attend

The program is open to clinicians and practitioners in the medical, mental and behavioral health services as well as social service, pastoral and bereavement counselors who work with survivors of substance use, eating disorders, physical illness, criminal justice, rehabilitation and recovery.

Curriculum Requirements

Earn the certificate by completing 2 core courses and 0 elective courses within 3 years.

Earn the certificate by completing 2 core courses and 0 elective courses within 3 years.

Trauma Counseling I

Online, course available Sept. 2-Dec. 14

Trauma Counseling II

Sept. 19-Dec. 19

Trauma Counseling I

Online, course available Sept. 2-Dec. 14

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