Certificate in Trauma-Informed Approaches

Posted by Wilmington University on July 11, 2016

Program Overview

Trauma impacts individuals, families, and communities in many ways and on many levels, so much so that it is said to be a hidden epidemic. A history of trauma is often a factor in psychiatric disorders, addictions, behavioral and personality disorders, suicidal behavior, violent behavior, and a variety of chronic health problems (National Council on Behavioral Health, 2015). In the criminal justice system, nearly 100% of women and men report some form of traumatic experience prior to incarceration.

The Certificate in Trauma-Informed Approaches will prepare you to work in a highly recognized model of wellness, which supports resilience and recovery, promotes positive health outcomes, prevents the worst outcomes of psychological responses, and integrates knowledge about the pervasiveness of trauma in systems into policies, practices, and procedures.

Students will find that a certificate in trauma-informed approaches will greatly supplement their skills and knowledge in not only Psychology, Criminal Justice, Behavioral Science or Organizational Dynamics but also disciplines outside of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, including, but not limited to, Business Management, General Studies, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Environmental Health, Human Resource Management, Information Systems Management, Nursing, Allied Health, Organizational Management, and Sports Management. Incorporating knowledge of trauma into services can help ensure physical, psychological and emotional safety for clients and for the professional themselves, and creates opportunities to rebuild a sense of empowerment and autonomy for survivors of trauma.


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