The Graduate Certificate in Trauma-Informed Counseling is designed for current students, alumni, and professionals who have already earned their master’s degree in the field to enhance their understanding of the effects of trauma on clients’ emotional, cognitive, behavioral, neurological and physical systems across the lifespan. Courses focus on topics such as the effects of trauma exposure, grief and complex trauma, culturally appropriate and gender-responsive assessment and interventions, relational trauma, developmental trauma, secondary trauma, self-care, and self-compassion. The certificate program meets the educational requirements of Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) certification standards.

Credit hours required: 18

Admission Information

The program admits students for fall, spring, and summer semesters.

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Program Benefits

The Department of Counselor Education is housed within the Daniel L. Goodwin College of Education. The Department offers flexible evening classes. Students receive personalized attention from skilled professionals in small class sizes, and gain valuable connections in the counseling field at local, national and international levels.

Career Options

There is no specific category for trauma-informed counselors in the data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, it is reported that professional counseling occupations and mental health specialist are on the rise and there is a projected 22% growth in the field through 2028. The certificate in trauma-informed counseling will have added value alongside the counselor professional identity and experience of individuals completing the qualifications. The certificate alone does not guarantee specific access to an occupation. Certificate in Trauma-Informed Counseling program is an excellent supplement to a variety of careers including, but not limited to:

  • School counselor

  • Clinical mental health counselor

  • Couple and Family Counselor

  • Licensed social worker

  • Certified rehabilitation counselor

  • Chemical dependency counselor

  • School personnel

  • Clinical psychologist

  • Trauma-informed specialist

For more detailed career information, visit the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Academic Catalog Information

Take a closer look at the Trauma-Informed Counseling, Graduate Certificate and the courses offered toward the program.

Trauma-Informed Counseling, Graduate Certificate

Department and Contact Information

If you are interested in the program or have questions, please contact Counselor Education at (773) 442-5550 or

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