The John F. Kennedy University College of Psychology offers an Academic Certificate in Trauma Studies. This certificate is available for current students and practicing professionals seeking to deepen their understanding of trauma-related issues and expand their skillset for assisting effectively those who have experienced trauma.
Our society recently has made great strides toward increasing awareness of trauma’s many forms and improving our understanding of its neurological effects. As a result, professionals in an expanding array of fields are finding themselves impacted by issues related to trauma. These include not just health-care and mental-health workers but first responders, police officers, military servicemen and women, clergy members, teachers, coaches, mentors, and others to whom people may turn for help in a time of need.
Program Learning Outcomes
Program participants gain a better understanding of the psychological and physiological roots of trauma and different approaches to its treatment, including multicultural perspectives. This increased understanding makes them better equipped to deal with trauma-related issues in an ethical, humane, and effective manner across a broad range of clinical and non-clinical settings.
The program offers both one- and two-year options consisting of the following courses:
- Foundations of Trauma Studies
- The Neurobiology of Trauma
- Attachment and Developmental Approaches to Trauma
- Assessment and Treatment Planning for Trauma
- Legal and Ethical Issues in Trauma
- Somatic Approaches to Trauma
- Working with Trauma in Family Systems
- Art-Based Interventions for Trauma
- Working with Systemic Trauma: Self, Culture and Society
- Vicarious Trauma and Self Care
Applicants must have completed their Bachelor’s Degree to be eligible to participate in this certificate.