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 100% Online

Cost Per Credit Hour $462

Credit Hours 15

Estimated Completion Time 1 Year

Overview

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. 

Karen Wolford: Program Introduction - Interdisciplinary Trauma Studies

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.

Outcomes

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

Program Resources





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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$500,000

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 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 help in evaluating your application.

Resume

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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