Certificate in Trauma Counseling

It’s estimated that 70 percent of adults in the United States have experienced a traumatic event at least once in their lives. This could be abuse, a natural disaster, war, terrorism or violent encounter.

When you earn a Certificate in Trauma Counseling from UWM’s School of Continuing Education, you’ve learned how to provide better care for those you serve and help them become resilient. Whether you’re a therapist or teacher, the knowledge you’ve obtained through these courses is invaluable for your career and helping those around you.

Consisting of two courses, Trauma Counseling I and Trauma Counseling II, the Certificate in Trauma Counseling program provides 80 hours of online instruction –40 hours per course. Each course may be taken for four Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Afterwards, participants receive a Certificate of Completion.

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.

*Earn a Certificate in Trauma Counseling by completing Trauma Counseling I and II in as few 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).

Continuing Education credit for this program is awarded by Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) for the following professions:

Psychologists: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education credit programs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Psychologists receive 40 hours of continuing education credit upon completing this program.


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

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.

Curriculum Requirements

Earn the certificate by completing 2 courses within 3 years.