Interdisciplinary Trauma Studies, Adv. Crt.

Recommended deadline

Rolling admission

Next start date

May 21, 2018

Cost per credit hour


Credit hours


Develop skills, knowledge and awareness of the healing and recovery process necessary to work with trauma survivors. This career advancement program prepares mental health professionals to address the impact of trauma and loss on individuals while expanding competencies and knowledge.

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What you will study: 

This certificate provides a foundational knowledge in the experience, characteristics, causes, and therapies for trauma. This 15-credit certificate provides you with a field placement opportunity that will allow you to work with trauma-affected populations at organizations such as the Vera House, the Salvation Army, Contact Crisis Communication Center or the Fort Drum region.

  • PSY 551 - Trauma and Loss, credit: 3
  • PSY 552 - Introduction to Trauma Studies, credit: 3
  • PSY 554 - Trauma and Self-Care: Compassion Fatigue, credit: 3
  • PSY 559 - Ethno-Cultural Aspects of Trauma, credit: 3

Read full curriculum in the 2017-2018 Graduate Catalog.

I want to work somewhere, where I know I’m making a difference. I’m more gratified working with people who have dealt with traumatic experiences and being able to help them through that.
Michelle Farino, M'14

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Learning outcomes: 

Graduates will be able to seek employment in medical centers, mental health facilities, health clinics, crisis centers and various human services agencies that work with trauma-affected populations. Graduates may also apply credits from this program to a degree in Mental Health Counseling, M.S.

Crisis Intervention Specialist

Crisis Counselor

Supervisor in Domestic Violence Shelter

Psychological First Aid Counselor

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Admission Requirements: 
Official transcript
Submit an official transcript showing confirmation of a bachelor's or master’s degree/advanced certificate. This includes any transcripts showing graduate-level coursework or post-baccalaureate degrees/certificates. Official transcripts must be sent directly from granting institution (electronic or mail). If you are a SUNY Oswego alum, your transcript will be automatically requested after entering your student ID and identifying SUNY Oswego as your school on the application.
GPA of at least 3.0
A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better is required for applicants.  If you have questions regarding your GPA, please speak to the department advisor for further information.
Purpose statement
Indicate your purpose for applying to SUNY Oswego for graduate education. What inspired you to apply? How will this impact your life? Identify any particular interests within the program area, discuss your future career goals, and provide any additional information which may be of help in evaluating your application.
Include a professional resume or CV that includes your academic history, professional background and any accomplishments of note. This document should provide details that support your admittance to the program.
Two letters of recommendation
Indicate two names with valid email addresses. An email request will be sent directly to the references on your behalf. These references should be able to speak to your character, work ethic and abilities.
Application fee
Prospective students are charged a non-refundable $65 fee for processing the application.