Apr 21, 2024  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Complex/Developmental Trauma Certificate

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This 9-credit post-master’s certificate provides advanced professional training in the area of complex/developmental trauma and is suitable for professionals in the fields of counseling, social work, corrections, and education. Complex, or developmental, trauma is associated with acute or chronic exposure to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) which may lead to lifelong implications for physical and mental health, and is often an underlying condition for at-risk or high-risk individuals and families. Content covered includes: contributing factors, impact on physical and behavioral health across the lifespan, differentiation and assessment, individual and systemic interventions, and professional resiliency. Attention is given to intergenerational, historical and race-based trauma as primary or contributing factors. Students learn flexible conceptual frameworks and a broad range of interventions to support development and integration across neurophysiological, cognitive, behavioral, and social areas of functioning. All courses will emphasize applied practice for both personal and professional development. The first course provides an introduction to complex/developmental trauma research, theory and practice. Subsequent courses focus on evidence-based practices for children and adolescents, and for adult survivors. These courses are designed for full-time working professionals with a combination of face-to-face or synchronous class meetings (scheduled evenings and weekends), and self-guided reading and practice.

Flexible format: All three courses may be taken together as the post-master’s advanced certificate, or separately as stand-alone professional training (however, note that CNS 605  is a prerequisite for either CNS 606  or CNS 607 ). The courses are also designed to serve as a cognate for students enrolled in our Ed.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision (CES).

To enroll in this certificate, students must have a master’s degree or higher in counseling or related field pertaining to behavioral/mental health services. To earn the certificate, students must complete all three courses with a 3.00 or higher GPA.

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