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Trauma Counseling I: Understanding Trauma and Providing Trauma-Informed Care

Gain an understanding of what defines an experience as traumatic and the effects of trauma on the brain, the body and emotions. Explore the distinctions between various mental health issues related to trauma, including post-trauma growth and resilience. Participants also receive self-care tools to help them recognize when working with trauma survivors is taking its toll.

This non-credit program benefits professionals in the mental health field and any other service provider who wants to better understand the effects of trauma and how to provide trauma-informed care.

Each week, participants are given readings and videos, and have assignments to responding to discussions online. This course is expected to take a total of 40 hours, with four hours of classwork per week.

This course can be applied to the Certificate in Trauma Counseling.


Rae Anne Frey

Rae Anne Frey

Rae Anne M. Frey, M.S., LPC-IT, OIF Veteran, is a fourth-year doctoral student in UWM’s Educational Psychology/Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program.  Rae Anne’s experience as an urban teacher and a combat veteran helped hone her interest in trauma psychology.  She has ... read more

Patricia Clason

Patricia Clason

Patricia Clason, RCC has 33 years of experience with trauma survivors, guiding their emotional healing through emotional intelligence (EQ) intensive programs. A professional speaker, trainer, consultant and coach, Patricia has led weekend retreats for military veterans, Healing Warrior Hearts, and ... read more

Who Should Attend

Nurses, social workers, therapists, staff at shelters or youth care programs, HR professionals, medical administrative and support staff, occupational therapists, teachers and school staff, emergency responders.

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Gain an overview of the professional literature addressing traumatic events among various populations, describing risk factors, vulnerability and effects
  • Define what makes an experience traumatic and the causes, responses and long-term effects of trauma on physical and emotional health
  • Get an introduction to the neurobiological process of traumatic reaction, including the impact of traumatic experience on development, memory, learning, attachment, social skills, relationships, and intimacy
  • Understand Post Traumatic Growth and resilience and its role in healing
  • Increase your ability to identify the effects of working with trauma survivors on yourself, supporters, practitioners, and clinicians
  • Recognize the cultural and diversity issues that may impact all of the above


Access to Course Site
Look for an email approximately one week prior to the start date of the class with instructions on setting up your username and password and how to access the online course site.

Course Requirements
This is an instructor-facilitated, online asynchronous course. You are required to have routine access to a computer with Internet (we highly recommend a high speed connection such as DSL or cable modem). You are also required to have a recent version of Microsoft Office Suite or comparable program to include Microsoft Word (word processing), Excel (spreadsheets), and PowerPoint (presentations) in order to both view and create documents needed to participate in this course.

The following textbook is required for Trauma I and/or Trauma 2, and must be purchased prior to the class start date: Traumatic Stress: The Effects of Overwhelming Experience on Mind, Body, and Society (ISBN 10: 1-57230-457-X; ISBN 13: 978-1-57230-457-4)

Each week you are given readings and assignments to complete. Each week you are expected to log in and complete assignments within the deadlines given in order to be awarded CEUs and the certificate of completion. However, within the deadline you can  complete the readings and assignments at your leisure.

Certificates of Completion are mailed within two weeks after the last day of class.

*Earn a SCE Certificate in Trauma Counseling by completing Trauma Counseling I and II in as little as 18 months (not to exceed three years). Upon successful completion, you are eligible to apply for certification as a Certified Trauma Services Specialist (CTSS) or Certified Trauma Responder (CTR) with the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists (ATSS).



Course available Feb. 27-May 8

Location: Online

Rae Anne Frey
Patricia Clason

Fee: $1,375

CEUs: 4, CEHs: 40

Enrollment Limit: 25

Program Number: 7740-9290

Registration Deadline: Wed., Feb. 22

Registration deadline has passed.

Course available Aug. 14-Oct. 23

Location: Online

Rae Anne Frey
Patricia Clason


$1,275 if you register by Fri., July 14.
$1,375 if you register after Fri., July 14.

CEUs: 4, CEHs: 40

Enrollment Limit: 25

Program Number: 7740-9707

Registration Deadline: Mon., Aug. 7

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