Certificate in Psychology of Trauma

Approximately 7.7 million Americans suffer from trauma-related disorders. Roughly 300,000 of these are veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; the rest are survivors of natural disasters, victims of crime, and others who have experienced traumatic events. To help meet the growing need to treat those suffering from the effects of trauma, AULA offers a post-degree Certificate in Conflict and Non-conflict Related Trauma Studies (or Psychology of Trauma, for short).

The certificate program grew out of AULA’s Conflict and Non-conflict Related Trauma Specialization within the master’s in Clinical Psychology program, in which students learn about the causes and treatments of trauma in the general population and as a result of conflict and war.

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 on the AULA campus Week 1, Week 10, and Week 20 of the program. During these residencies, students participate in 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

The Certificate in Psychology of Trauma program will begin with a one-day, in-person residency on campus Saturday, December 13, 2014, with online classes beginning January 5, 2015. Space is limited. For information on how to apply to the program, please click here.

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.

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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.

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.