A flower growing through a crack in the pavement symbolizing trauma-informed care and resilience.

Traumatic events such as childhood abuse and neglect, intimate partner violence or neighborhood violence may cause a variety of problems that social workers and other professionals address on a daily basis.

The graduate certificate in trauma-informed care program trains graduate students from social work and other departments (e.g., counseling psychology, criminal justice and criminology, nursing and occupational therapy).

Program Type

Graduate Certificate

Program Format

On Campus

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Advanced Training

Completion of the program results in a transcript designation of certificate completion for trauma-informed care in the student’s profession. This indicates an advanced level of training in trauma-informed care to prospective employers and professional organizations.

Tamara Marquardt (white woman), Master of Social Work student working on her laptop
MSW graduate Tamara Marquardt explains why she chose to pursue the trauma-informed care certificate at UWM.


  • Current MSW students in good standing  
  • Those who have their MSW degree or related bachelor’s degree  
  • Applicants must meet with the certificate coordinator or other trauma-informed care advisor prior to completing six trauma-informed care certificate program credits. This meeting will help you prepare your online application through the graduate school website.

Certificate students in social work will complete 15 credits in coursework and fieldwork in trauma-informed care, seven of which can count toward MSW graduation requirements while eight must be taken above and beyond these required credits.

Required Coursework

Course NumberCourse NameCreditsSemester
SOC WRK 774Trauma Counseling I: Theory and Research3Fall, Spring, Summer
SOC WRK 775Trauma Counseling II: Diagnosis and Treatment3Fall, Spring

Fieldwork in trauma-informed practice settings (highly recommended)

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
SOC WRK 721, 722, 821, 822 or 921Field Placement3 or 4

Elective Coursework

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
SOC WRK / CRM JUS 497Study Abroad: (Bristol or South Africa or Austria)3
SOC WRK 680Death and Dying3
SOC WRK 690GPractice Methods in Social Work: (Topic: Community Building & Mindfulness)3
SOC WRK 753Adult Psychopathology3
SOC WRK 754Child and Adolescent Psychopathology3
SOC WRK 791Technology in Social Work Practice3
SOC WRK 818Treatment of Co-Occurring Disorders3
SOC WRK 820 Seminar in Social Work Practice: (Qualifying topics: Violent & Traumatized Families; Motivational Interviewing; or Interventions for Substance Misuse and Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment for Substance Misuse)3
PSYCH 711Current Topics in Psychology: (Qualifying topics: Functional Assessment and Intervention or Neurobiology of Learning & Memory)1-4
PSYCH 727Cognitive Neuroscience3
COUNS 704 & COUNS 705Multicultural Mental Health Guidelines and Ethics Overview
and Multicultural Practice: Awareness and Knowledge of Others 1
COUNS 715Multicultural Counseling3
COUNS 744Multicultural Mental Health Guidelines, Working with First Nations Persons3
COUNS 812Clinical Studies in Counseling3
COUNS 816Counseling Children and Adolescents3
COUNS 820Counseling Appraisal and Clinical Decision-Making3
COUNS 904Family Systems Theory, Research, and Practice3
OCCTHPY 519Therapeutic Communication3
OCCTHPY 719Occupational Therapy in Psychosocial Practice3
CRM JST 830Intervention Strategies for Correctional Clients3
CRM JST 970Readings in Criminal Justice Research:3
MSP 770Preparing for Sustainable Peacebuilding and Social Change3
1 COUNS 704 and COUNS 705 must be taken together to fulfill this requirement.
Linda Britz, PhD
Teaching Faculty I

Criminal Justice & Criminology students should contact:

Alyssa Sheeran, PhD
Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator