The Certificate of Completion in Trauma Counseling course series was created for counselors, educators, and treatment specialists who wish to become trauma-informed helpers who can provide therapy or support individuals, groups, and families impacted by trauma. The trauma field is rapidly developing and expanding, creating a unique need for helpers specializing in trauma and trauma-related work.

Trauma Counseling Course Series

Individuals who wish to become a trauma-informed helpers may take Trauma I (CON 650) and either Trauma II (CON 651) or Trauma III (CON 652) at MMU. Each three-credit graduate-level course provides 45 clock hours of instruction by qualified educators. Those who successfully complete Trauma I and either Trauma II or Trauma III, for a total of 90 clock hours of instruction, will receive a certificate of completion. This series of courses is designed to document a level of educational competency once completed. The certificate of completion may be used to meet the educational equivalency necessary to receive national certification through the either the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists (ATSS) or International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP).

Those who are or become Licensed Professional Counselors would need to take professional responsibility for participating in additional professional development and securing an internship experience and/or a post-master’s 3,000-hour experience that would meet national certification standards. This trauma series does not offer supervised clinical hours.

Certificate of Completion Requirements

The Certificate of Completion in Trauma Counseling requires two, 3-credit graduate-level courses, which provide a total of 90 hours of instruction. You must complete both courses with grades of B or better to receive the certificate of completion.

Required Coursework (6 credits)

  • CON 650: Trauma Counseling I (3 credits)
  • CON 651: Trauma Counseling II (3 credits) OR
  • CON 652 Trauma Counseling III (3 credits)

See detailed course descriptions in the Academic Catalog (PDF).

For more information about the Certificate of Completion in Trauma Counseling, contact Dr. Carrie King, Counseling Department Chair.