Certificate in Trauma-Informed Practices in Higher Education (C-TIP/HED)

Online Program

Next Cohort Start-Finish Dates:
May 22, 2023 through June 30, 2023


For More Information:
Contact Lauren Givens at lgivens@columbiasc.edu

Gain the knowledge and tools to help your trauma-experienced students. Join our 6-module online program designed for a range of professionals across college and university campuses.

To help higher education institutions understand the root causes and magnitude of the impact of trauma on college students, and more importantly, to develop strategies to enhance resilience for these students, Columbia College has developed a Certificate in Building Resilience through Trauma-Informed Practices.

Offered jointly by the Columbia College Institute for Building Resilience through Trauma-Informed Practices and the Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Higher Education Administration program, this online Professional Development program is designed for college and university professors in diverse disciplines and from community colleges to liberal arts colleges to R1 universities and administrators in:

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

The synergy in discussions among faculty and administrators is one of the special benefits of the program.

Interested in pursuing your master's degree? Check out our M.Ed. in Trauma-Informed Education—a one-year, 100% online graduate degree. 

Why Trauma-Informed Education? 

Broad Impact of Trauma & Mental Health

There is not an area of human life that is untouched by trauma and mental health. Studies by the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) and others confirm that the impact of trauma is a major cause of both mental illness and physical illness.

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. The LGBTQIA community, persons of color, and women, all carry an extra heavy burden of risk and occurrence of both mental health conditions and trauma.

Trauma & Mental Health are Intertwined

And of course, mental health and trauma are intertwined. We have more detailed research than ever before that trauma during a child's early years alters the development of the brain, leaving people from all of these groups with another risk of social impairment due to developmental lags.

Knowledge Gap at Colleges & Universities 

For colleges and universities, the number of students enrolling with a history of trauma is increasing dramatically. Unfortunately, most colleges and universities are neither knowledgeable nor equipped to address the needs of students who have experienced trauma. The result is poor academic performance, social problems, and high attrition.

    Expected Outcomes and Benefits

    Participants in the C-BRTIP program will understand:

    • Long-term impacts of trauma on academic and personal development prior to college
    • Ramifications of trauma on student performance and retention in higher education
    • Legal and ethical implications of trauma-informed practices as they relate to social justice issues on campus and in society

    Upon completion of the program, participants will be equipped to develop:

    • Strategies for building resilience through trauma-informed practices
    • Protocols for establishing a system of trauma-informed care within the campus culture
    • A specific strategy and implementation plan for building resilience through trauma-informed practices in the participant’s area of responsibility at their home institution