Certificate in Psychology of Trauma

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, commonly known as PTSD, affects an average of 7.7 million Americans — 5.2 million adults and 2.5 million children. According to the National Institute of Health and the Department of Veteran Affairs approximately 300,000 patients afflicted with PTSD are veterans. PTSD has become a matter of concern across communities everywhere. In 2010, June was declared PTSD awareness month and in 2011 the World Health Organization (WHO) developed a set of guidelines for the management of conditions specifically related to stress.

To help meet the increasing need to recognize and treat those living with the effects of trauma, AULA is offering a post-graduate Certificate in Trauma Psychology. The Certificate program grew of AULA’s Trauma Psychology Specialization within the Masters of Clinical Psychology Program

Program Structure

The program consists of two consecutive 10-week sessions that combine online learning with three in-person weekend residencies. Four courses are offered at 3 credits each, for a total of 12 credits, which count toward Continuing Education Units.

The in-person residencies take place Week 1, Week 10, and Week 20 of the program. During these one and two-day residencies, students participate in orientations, technology training, classes, seminars, and workshops. The residencies enable students to form personal and professional connections with the instructors, guest speakers, and each other.

During the online portions of the program, students work from home to read required course material, write papers, and engage in robust online discussion.

Program Schedule

We are currently accepting applications for Fall/Winter 2015. The priority application deadline is July 27, 2015 and the final application deadline is August 21, 2015. Classes begin October 5, 2015.

Program Curriculum

The four courses in this 12-unit program provide students with a deeper understanding of the causes, effects, and treatment of trauma and PTSD in the military and the general population, including substance/alcohol abuse and familial conflict. Students will also learn a variety of therapeutic techniques, conflict resolution skills, and issues of self-care.

Perspectives: Trauma and Its Effects, Awareness, and Recovery

This survey course introduces the student to the complex issues of trauma, trauma healing and transformation. Students will learn about the biopsychosocial/spiritual model which helping professionals can employ to help individuals who have experienced deep personal loss, violent conflict, and/or pain and suffering. Students will explore the theoretical basis of trauma healing through narratives and case examples from a variety of clinical settings, and engage in practical exercises to experience approaches to the treatment of trauma from awareness to recovery.

Treatment of Trauma and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

This course focuses on the treatment methods and needs of individuals suffering from symptoms characteristic of trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This course also addresses assessment and intervention skills to work effectively with diverse populations using biopsychosocial and ecosystemic constructs. Specific techniques surveyed will include play therapy, biofeedback, cognitive-behavioral interventions, narrative, virtual reality treatment, and crisis intervention.

Clinical Case Consultation

This course serves as a way for students to apply theories and constructs learned, gain practical clinical skills, and present a final case that may serve as a capstone or summative evaluation of learning in the program.

For their fourth course, students may choose one of the following two offerings:

Assessment and Treatment of Clients with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Co-occurring Substance/Alcohol Abuse, Dependency, or Addiction

This course addresses the assessment and treatment of clients with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and co-occurring substance/alcohol issues. Students will learn ways of assessing and treating clients who meet the criteria for PTSD and substance/alcohol abuse, dependence, or addiction.


Assessment and Treatment of Military Personnel/First Responders with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Co-occurring Substance/Alcohol Abuse, Dependency, or Addiction

This course addresses the assessment and treatment of military/first responder personnel with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and co-occurring substance/alcohol issues as a result of exposure (real or vicarious) to combat or as a result of having experienced traumatic events as a first responder.  Students will learn ways of assessing and treating clients who meet the criteria for PTSD and substance/alcohol abuse, dependence, or addiction.

Eligibility Requirements

The Certificate in Psychology of Trauma program was designed for:

  • Psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, and practitioners holding an LMFT, LPCC, LCSW, or related license
  • Non-licensed professionals who have earned a license-eligible, regionally accredited master’s degree in clinical or counseling psychology or a related field
  • School/pastoral counselors

If you do not meet these requirements but believe you are qualified for the program, please contact MA in Psychology Director of Weekend and Satellite Programs Grant Elliott to discuss why you are interested in enrolling and how you think it will benefit you. Note that all students must have a computer with Internet access.

How to Apply

For information on how to apply to the program, please click here. Space is limited.

Financial Aid and need-based $1,000 grants are available. Organization sponsorship $1,000 grants for two or more individuals from the same organization are also available.

Gainful Employment Disclosure Information
Antioch University provides certain information about certificate programs in order to comply with the new Gainful Employment regulations from the U.S. Department of Education. We hope the following information is helpful to you. If you have further questions about this certificate program, please do not hesitate to contact Grant Elliott.