Trauma Certificate Aims to Heal Hidden Wounds

Students in the Center for Social Work Education

Within the human service profession, social workers interact with clients who suffer from the symptoms of post-traumatic stress. From mental health agencies and residential treatment facilities, to criminal justice and substance abuse treatment centers, social workers work with clients in a variety of settings who present complex needs as a result of their traumatic history. 

The post-graduate trauma certificate program in the Center for Social Work Education enhances master’s level social workers with the knowledge to lead trauma-informed practice.

“Social workers often encounter clients who exhibit a wide range of trauma-based symptoms,” said Associate Professor and Trauma Certificate Program Director Beth Barol. “This certificate enables social workers to advance their practice and better manage these symptoms by understanding how to uncover a clients’ history in order to address presenting problems.”

The certificate program is designed for individuals who hold a master’s of social work (MSW) degree and seek to hone their skills when working with survivors of trauma. With the guidance and mentorship of expert faculty, students will learn to focus on their own ability to sustain support without succumbing to indirect traumatization. 

“Participants can expect to receive specialized training in multiple methods aimed at helping clients of all ages find healthier ways to cope with trauma, build resilience and to experience more of life’s pleasures,” Barol added.

Over the course of 8 months, students are required to attend monthly presentations and complete at least 16 hours of group supervision. Credits earned from the certificate can be put toward maintaining a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) or Licensed Social Worker (LSW) licensure. 

This certificate is also offered as an option in the MSW program

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