Trauma Counseling Certificate

It’s estimated that 70 percent of adults in the United States have experienced a traumatic event at least once in their lives. This can take many forms including abuse, natural disasters, war, terrorism or violent encounters. The Trauma Counseling Certificate helps you provide better care for those you serve. Beginning with a detailed exploration of what defines trauma, then moving to assessing current methods of interventions and applications, this two-course online program builds a strong foundation of knowledge in both the theoretical and practical aspects of trauma counseling.

Participants who complete the Trauma Counseling Certificate may be eligible for credits from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Helen Bader School of Social Welfare. Participants need to apply and be accepted into the master’s level program for credit eligibility.

Learning Outcomes

  • Define traumatic experiences, their causes and their long-term effects on physical and emotional health
  • Use professional literature to explain traumatic events among different populations and cultures
  • Evaluate assessment and diagnostic tools related to the impacts of trauma
  • Identify the effects of working with trauma survivors on yourself, supporters, practitioners and clinicians
  • Assess immediate and long-term approaches to trauma interventions
  • Analyze the limitations and boundaries of therapy and the role of specialized providers


To get started, enroll in the first of two online courses, Trauma Counseling I: Understanding Trauma and Providing Trauma-Informed Care. Earn this certificate by completing Trauma Counseling I and II within 18 months.

For information on the course format, view the session information on the selected course page.

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

7/8-9/23/2024 Online

Trauma Counseling II: Assessment, Interventions and Applications in Trauma Treatment

10/14-12/16/2024 Online


Still Have Questions? Contact Us.

Star DeLuca, Program Manager

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