Interdisciplinary Trauma Studies, Adv. Crt.

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Rolling admission

Next start date

January 22, 2018

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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
GPA of at least 3.0
Purpose statement
Two letters of recommendation
Application fee