The Certificate in Trauma-Informed Care will expose graduate students in several helping professions to the theory and practice of trauma-related service delivery.

This is a multidisciplinary program that integrates knowledge from the social, behavioral, and health sciences. The primary goal of the program is to train graduate students from the helping professions in specialized knowledge and skills related to psychological trauma.

Eligibility and Admission

Students in good standing currently in a graduate program or those who have already completed a graduate degree are eligible for the certificate.


Students wishing to obtain this certificate must declare their intention by applying to the program office or director.

All graduate certificate applicants—even those already enrolled in a UWM graduate program—must apply to the Graduate School via the Panthera Admission Application.

Graduate degree and previously admitted graduate non-degree students who decide to pursue a certificate program must submit the Panthera application before completing 6 credits in the certificate sequence.

Applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree and have a minimum 2.75 cumulative undergraduate grade point average to be admitted in to a certificate program.

Certificate Requirements

Credits and Courses
All students participating in the certificate program will complete 15 academic credits related to trauma theory and practice.

Two courses will constitute the core curricular requirements:
Core courses (6 credits)
Trauma Counseling I (Soc Wrk 774, Couns 774, Nurs 774, or OccThpy 774)
Trauma Counseling II (Soc Wrk 775, Couns 775, Nurs 775, or OccThpy 775)

Potential elective coursework (9 credits)
Soc Wrk/Crm Jus 497 (Bristol or South Africa)
Soc Wrk 820 Seminar in Social Work Practice (Qualifying topics: Violent & Traumatized Families or Motivational Interviewing
Soc Wrk 753 Adult Psychopathology
Soc Wrk 754 Psychopathology of Childhood & Adol.
Soc Wrk 791 Current Topics in Social Work (Topic: Death & Dying)
Psych 711 Current Topics in Psychology (Qualifying topics: Functional Assessment and Intervention or Neurobiology of Learning & Memory)
Psych 727 Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience
PH 732 Youth Mental Health Practice for Non-Mental Health Professionals
Couns 704 Multicultural Mental Health Guidelines & Ethics Overview AND Couns 705 Multicultural Practice*
Couns 715 Multicultural Counseling
Couns 744 Multicultural Mental Health Guidelines for Working w/First Nations People
Couns 812 Clinical Studies in Counseling
Couns 816 Counseling Children & Adolescents
Couns 820 Counseling Appraisal & Decision-Making
Couns 904 Family Systems Theory, Research
*Couns 704 and 705 must be taken together to fulfill this requirement

Recommended field work (3-6 credits)
Students also have an opportunity to complete anywhere from 3 to 6 additional qualifying program credits through participation in in trauma-informed practice field settings, contingent on the respective department’s field credit policy.

Soc Wrk 721, 722, 821, 822 or 921
Couns 764 or 765
Nurs 737, 738 or 739
OccThpy 725 or 735)

Four departments are participating in this interdisciplinary certificate program—Social Work, Educational Psychology, Nursing, and Occupational Therapy—and accordingly, the program curriculum will consist of courses offered via multiple campus departments.

Grade Point Average Requirement
A minimum cumulative 3.00 grade point average in certificate courses taken at UWM is required.

Transfer Credit
No more than 20% of the required credits may be taken at an institution other than UWM. These courses are subject to Graduate School transfer policy and must be approved by the director of the certificate program.

Articulation with Degree Programs
  1. Credits and courses required for a certificate may double count toward meeting UWM graduate degree requirements subject to the following restrictions:
    • Degree programs must approve the courses from certificates that can double count toward the degree.
    • All credits taken in completion of certificate requirements may count towards a UWM graduate degree as long as they do not contribute more than 90% of the total credits needed to obtain the degree. (Note: Students in Ph.D. programs must still complete the minimum residency requirements)
    • Certificate courses used toward meeting degree requirements must be completed within the time limit for transfer credit.
  2. Courses completed for a degree may be counted toward a subsequent certificate, subject to all certificate policy requirements.
  3. A course may count toward no more than one certificate and one degree.
  4. Students may not earn a certificate subsequent to a concentration in the same area.
Time Limit

Certificate program time limits shall be established as follows:

18 or fewer credits/Three years from initial enrollment in the certificate sequence.

19 or more credits/Four years from initial enrollment in the certificate sequence.

For certificates that are designed as add-ons to degree programs and are awarded concurrent with the degree, the time limit shall be the same as that of the degree program.

For More Information

Jennifer Daood
Doctoral Programs
Senior Advisor