Get Your Trauma-Informed Practices Certificate

The Certificate program is offered through our Institute for Building Resilience through Trauma-Informed Practices and our Higher Education Administration program. The Institute is our unique contribution to advancing social justice. Our 6-module online program is designed for a range of professionals across college and university campuses, developing strategies to enhance resilience for these students.

Trauma-Informed Practices Program Highlights 

  • Our robust Resilience Institute offers resources for systemic racism, proactive and humane law enforcement, economic equity, criminal justice, educational opportunity, and the affirmation of human dignity and mutual respect.
  • This certificate provides interdisciplinary perspectives on trauma-informed practices.
  • We provide opportunities for faculty and participants to collaborate as they discuss and implement trauma-informed pedagogy.

Modality & Benefits

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Start Dates: 

April 2024

  • 5-Week Course
  • One Login Time Per Week
  • 10-Hour Weekly Commitment (varies)
  • Free E-Books

Trauma-Informed Practices Curriculum

Trauma-Informed Certificate Areas of Study

The Certificate in Building Resilience through Trauma-Informed Practices includes six sequential, self-paced modules, enabling professionals to apply trauma-informed practices to their specific area of responsibility. The modules will be offered in a master class format, with automated assessments and short written submissions. Each module will include six (6) hours of high value and relevant content including but not limited to reasonable written and other multi-media, as well as interviews with experts.

  • Module contents will be in storyboard format, an interactive format.
  • There will be one assessment per module, graded with comments by the co-professors, embedded into the final storyboard of each module.
  • The participant would need to score 80% to move to the next module and would have unlimited retake opportunities.
  • The goal is understanding the content, rather than mastering test-taking.

By applying the theory of andragogy, activities, tests and assessments should be authentic, practical, and experiential, which are preferred by adult learners. The final project in the 6th module will be to create a strategic plan for building resilience through trauma-informed practices at the participant’s home institution and in the person’s area of responsibility. This capstone experience will include mentoring and guidance from the co-professor with over 30 years’ experience in strategic planning in higher education.

Because of I-BRTIP’s interdisciplinary approach, the modules will include ways that faculty and participants can work together to model trauma-informed pedagogy within the program itself by offering choice and flexibility, prioritizing transparency in communication, providing clear instructions, respecting boundaries, and integrating each participant’s home institution into the final project.

Trauma-Informed Practices Modules

  1. Understanding the long-term impact of trauma on academic and personal development prior to college
  2. Addressing the ramifications of trauma on student performance and retention in higher education
  3. Developing strategies for building resilience through trauma-informed practices
  4. Mastery of trauma-informed practices in higher education
  5. Understanding the legal and ethical implications of trauma-informed practices as they relate to social justice issues on campus and in society
  6. Developing a trauma-informed campus culture

Make a Broad Impact

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), more than two-thirds of children experience trauma by age 16. Mental health issues and trauma are undertreated and underdiagnosed among college students, and especially overrepresented in vulnerable populations, including the LGBTQIA community, persons of color, and women.

Promote Resilience Across the Campus

  • Diversity/Equity/Inclusion
  • ADA/Disabilities
  • Multicultural Affairs
  • Student Affairs
  • Residence Life
  • Personal/Career Counseling
  • Student Success
  • Academic Support
  • Admissions
  • Athletics

1-Year Master's in Trauma-Informed Ed.

Pursue a graduate degree in a growing field and cultivate your leadership potential with this online master's degree. Learn how you can transform the culture of classrooms with Trauma-Informed Education.

Student Experiences

Student Experiences

"This institute champions the use of trauma-informed practices and equips individuals and organizations to build resilience through their work in the world."

Dr. Kristine Barnett

Provost, Columbia College

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