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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

New Online Program Offers Certificate in Trauma

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In an effort to make the pursuit of higher education more convenient for those with busy schedules, the Department of Counseling and School Psychology is offering a new online certificate program. The Certificate in Mental Health Recovery and Trauma-informed Care primarily examines practices used to help people with mental illness and common applications of trauma-informed care in education, and community settings.

The certificate, which consists of a 12-unit program, is offered through the College of Extended Studies and consists of 60-80 hours of monthly coursework over the span of six months. The certificate is designed to educate national and international bodies of mental health professionals in contemporary mental practices that focus on mental health recovery and trauma-informed care.

The program begins in late August and ends in early February, and in that timeframe the 30 students admitted to the program will learn systemic-social constructionist ideas and practices in therapy that will contribute to their already significant knowledge base of the counseling profession. As it grows, the program has plans to expand to offer support in the following languages: Spanish, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, Hindi, Arabic, Tagalog, Vietnamese, and Farsi.

The courses consist of viewing online lectures, participating in discussion groups, reading texts and articles and completing journals, writing reflection papers, and completing quizzes. The content of the program focuses on trauma-informed care and preparing students to serve those suffering from severe mental illness.

Visit the CSP website to learn more about CSP’s Certificate in Mental Health Recovery and Trauma-informed Care.