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Trauma Counseling

Turn on the news, and it’s easy to see that the world we live in is filled with trauma and traumatic events. For those affected, trauma is like an invisible wound – those on the outside never know what is lurking beneath the surface.

The silver lining is that there are many human service professionals who dedicate their lives to helping the individuals, families and communities affected. But there is still a great demand for professionals in this field.

At the UWM School of Continuing Education, you’ll find a variety of programs that meet this demand with topics that span Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), trauma first aid and much more. You can also obtain a certificate in EMDR or Trauma Counseling in as little as 18 months (not to exceed three years).

Not only do those in trauma counseling offer people hope; they help them heal by overcoming adversity and fostering resilience.

To register or find details on individual courses, click on the courses tab below and then the corresponding course title.

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.

Post-Traumatic Growth – How to Build Resiliency in Recovery

Aug 30 Live Online

Jan 25, 2023 In-person With Livestream

Recognizing and Preventing Secondary Trauma

Sept 20 Live Online

Mar 29, 2023 In-person With Livestream

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

July 11-Sept 26 Online

Jan 9-Mar 27, 2023 Online

July 17-Sept 25, 2023 Online

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

Apr 4-June 20 Online

Oct 17-Dec 26 Online

Apr 10-June 19, 2023 Online

Oct 16, 2023-Jan 1, 2024 Online

Trauma First Aid: When and How to Safely Help

June 8 Live Online

Dec 6 Live Online

May 24, 2023 In-person With Livestream

Trauma-Informed Care – What Is It? Why Now? How to Be a TIC Provider

Oct 13 Live Online

Feb 22, 2023 In-person With Livestream

Working With Trauma – Choosing Your Approach

Nov 29 Live Online

Apr 26, 2023 In-person With Livestream


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