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Interdisciplinary Trauma Studies

Advanced Certificate (post-baccalaureate)

Interdisciplinary Trauma Studies Adv Crt

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.

Quick Facts

Rolling Admission Apply Anytime

You Can Start Fall, Spring or Summer

Delivery Option(s) Main Campus, Online

Cost Per Credit Hour $471

Credit Hours 15

Estimated Completion Time 1 Year


This program prepares graduates to become knowledgeable in cutting-edge trauma theory and contextual issues as well as historical and cultural events shaping the rapidly evolving area of trauma studies. Our graduates research the best evidence-based, neurobiologically informed, culturally appropriate treatments for psychological trauma to be able to deliver the best trauma-informed care recommendations, support and referrals within local agencies that serve trauma survivors.

We have designed our curriculum that also allows those who are pursuing degrees in mental health counseling to complete this certificate as part of that degree’s elective sequence. Those students will be required to take a cognitive behavioral therapy course as an elective. This interdisciplinary approach allows you to explore career possibilities within your own practice if you have a mental health counseling degree or with an agency serving those who have survived trauma. The unique aspects of this program prepare graduates to become experts in knowledge of trauma informed care based on the latest research. 

Trauma Studies - Advanced Certificate (post-baccalaureate)

Introduction Video
Program Director: Dr. Karen Wolford

Field Placement Opportunities

Our goal is to provide students with the opportunity to gain applied experiences through graduate field placements. Including serving at organizations such as the Vera House, the Salvation Army, Contact Crisis Communication Center or the Fort Drum region.


You will gain the expertise required for a career as a knowledge expert in trauma-informed approaches. If you are coming back to graduate study in counseling or social work to complete a specialization, this is a popular area of study. 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 master’s degree in mental health counseling, MS.

Career Opportunities

  • Crisis intervention specialist
  • Crisis counselor
  • Supervisor in domestic violence shelter
  • Psychological first aid counselor

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Diversity Graduate Fellowship Program

Prospective students may be eligible for an award which includes an annual stipend, in addition to fully-paid tuition for full-time study.

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More than 120 Graduate Assistantships Offered

Assistantships provide an opportunity to gain experience through professional work on campus.

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in total awards given every year to our graduate students

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The Power of SUNY Tuition

Achieving your long-term career goals shouldn't come at the expense of your immediate financial security. Oswego offers low tuition compared to many private colleges. Never sacrificing quality for affordability, our graduate students are receiving a nationally accredited program that will translate into effective knowledge and opportunities.

Admission Requirements

Official transcript
Submit official transcripts confirming your bachelor’s or master’s degree/advanced certificate. This includes graduate-level coursework or post-baccalaureate degree/certificate. U.S. transcripts must be sent directly from the granting institution (electronic or mail). All international transcripts require verification via a World Education Services (WES) credit evaluation. If you are a SUNY Oswego alum, your official transcript will be automatically requested after entering your student ID and identifying SUNY Oswego as your school on the application upon submitting your 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.

Statement of purpose

In 500 words or less, describe your personal achievements relating to your academic interests, and detail your educational and professional objectives with reasoning for applying to SUNY Oswego. This statement will help the review team better understand and evaluate your application.


Include a professional resume or curriculum vitae 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. We will send an email request 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.

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