GSE/CEED to offer new certificate focused on trauma services

Social service providers across the country are becoming increasingly aware of the effects of traumatic events in the lives of their clients, and the need to tailor services accordingly. In the winter of 2010, the Graduate School of Education was approached by the leaders of local mental health organizations about providing training to fill a gap in this area in the human services workforce. As a result, local human services leaders and Continuing Education joined to create the Trauma-Informed Services Certificate of Completion, which will be offered beginning this fall.

This new noncredit certificate program is a series of  workshops designed to increase skills in therapists and mental health professionals in providing services to clients and organizations affected by trauma. All the workshops may be taken individually or combined to receive the certificate of completion. Taught by specialists in the trauma and rehabilitation fields, they focus on resilience, recovery, and hope.

The program is designed for personnel at all levels of mental health, addictions, corrections, and domestic violence; educational institutions; and other human service organizations. By participating in this program, peer mentors, case managers, clinicians, policy makers, and administrators will benefit from increasing skills and awareness of necessary core competencies in trauma-informed services.

Workshops include:

  • Foundations of Trauma-Informed Services
  • Trauma Interventions with Diverse Populations
  • Trauma-Informed Services Across the Lifespan
  • The Interpersonal Neurobiology of Trauma
  • Organizational Resilience in the Face of Trauma
  • Vicarious Traumatization and Self Care
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Suicide Prevention and Intervention

For more information about the Trauma-Informed Services Certificate of Completion, visit the program website at, or contact Kathy Lovrien, program manager, at or 503-725-8165.