Graduate Studies

Trauma Recovery Certificate

Widener's practices in trauma recovery certificate program will prepare you with a deeper understanding of trauma responses and treatment modalities.

Program Overview

Widener's online practices in trauma recovery certificate program is designed for adult learners who primarily work in social work settings with individuals or communities impacted by trauma.

This graduate certificate will provide you with an opportunity to delve deeper into trauma informed theory and practice across a variety of settings. Become a positive force and support for the individuals and communities that need them most.

What You'll Learn:

  • How to recognize and assess trauma
  • How trauma and grief can manifest
  • How to address issues at the root of the problem
  • Methods of intervention to assist individuals in crisis
  • How to support trauma survivors, despite challenges due to communication difficulties and overshadowing diagnoses

You'll complete the program with enhanced trauma recovery knowledge and increased agility to help others and be the future of social services. 

What to learn more about the trauma recovery certificate program? Request information today.

The Center for Social Work Education is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Program Information

The online graduate certificate in practices in trauma recovery curriculum includes:

  • 4, 14-week courses
  • 8 monthly day-long trauma workshops
  • 8 monthly 2-hour supervision seminars

The curriculum has a unique trauma informed focus, intensive group supervision, and is designed to build clinical skills.


Keep Exploring:

BSW graduates have the option to pursue a social work master's degree, doctoral degree, and even a dual MSW/PhD at Widener.

Admissions Information

No GRE/GMAT Required 

Apply now to earn your graduate certificate in practices in trauma recovery degree from Widener University. Our flexible, fully online program will give you the necessary experience, regardless of your schedule.

Here’s what you’ll need to apply: 

  • A completed online application 
  • Resume  
  • Statement of purpose 
  • Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) or an MSW from a CSWE-accredited institution  
  • Official transcripts from every college-level institution attended 
  • Must currently be in a clinical placement or work environment

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. For entry into the fall 2023 certificate program, please submit your application materials by June 1, 2023.

To complete the application process, you'll need to prepare the following items:

  • Completed online application form
  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Official college transcripts from each school you've attended

If you are selected as a top candidate for the certificate program, you will receive an invite to one of admissions interview days held over Zoom.

Why Widener

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100% Online Curriculum—Study on Your Terms

Widener's professional online practices in trauma and recovery certificate is designed to work with anyone's schedule, regardless of how busy and can be completed either full-time or part-time. Here, you're supported in meeting your professional career goals while managing your everyday work and life.

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Interprofessional Learning & Clinical Practice

Experience workshops designed to help you excel as a trauma-informed clinician. You'll expand your understanding of how people develop and learn to recognize signs and symptoms of trauma, while also getting a deeper understanding of yourself and how your personal experiences might impact your clinical approach.

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Join a Culture of Leadership & Mentorship

Become part of Widener's culture of leadership that inspires students, faculty, and staff to have a positive influence on their workplaces, professions, communities, and the world. With support from expert faculty mentors and clinical practitioners, you'll develop into a citizen of character who demonstrates professional and civic leadership.

As a student in the trauma recovery certificate program you will have the opportunity to join your student colleagues in enhanced experiences aimed to increase your skill and agility in treating individuals experiencing trauma. 


Your Inside Track to Success

Your Inside Track to Success

Outlook & Outcome

Related Careers

  • Trauma-Informed Specialists
  • Child Welfare & Domestic Abuse Protection
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Rehabilitation Caseworker
  • Policy Advisor

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Average annual salary for a trauma specialist per year

Social Work Industry Growth

Overall employment of social workers is projected to grow 12% from 2020 to 20301, so individuals with proper training have a wide variety of career opportunities.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Behavior & Mental Health Industry Growth

The need for behavioral and mental health counselors is on the rise with a projected increase of 23% from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Fields & Industries

  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Government
  • Non-profit/For-profit

Take the Next Steps


Visit our online application system to complete your app and share supplemental materials. There is a $35 application fee to apply to Widener.

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