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

Online Program

Next Start Date: 
January 11, 2021

Gain the knowledge and tools to help your trauma-experienced students. Join our 15-week online program designed for a range of professionals across college and university campuses.

We've launched this program to help higher education institutions understand the root causes and magnitude of the impact of trauma on college students, and more importantly, to develop trauma-informed practices for these students.

Unfortunately, the number of college students enrolling with a history of trauma is increasing dramatically. Studies by the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) and others confirm that the impact of trauma is a major cause of mental illness and physical illness. Mental health and trauma are undertreated, underdiagnosed, and overrepresented in vulnerable populations of all kinds. The LGBTQAI+ community, persons of color, and women, all carry an extra heavy burden of risk and occurrence of both mental health conditions and trauma.


  • The Certificate includes three courses, enabling students to apply trauma-informed practices to their specific area of responsibility.
  • Every Certificate student will develop a strategic plan to implement best practice trauma-informed practices at their home institution in the Capstone course.
  • The Certificate is designed for a range of university professionals—from admissions administrators, financial aid, student affairs, residence life, and personal and career counseling to athletics, student success, academic support, alumni relations, and institutional advancement.
  • As part of their studies, Certificate holders might consider creating a comprehensive strategy for their entire college or university to integrate Trauma-Informed Practices into all aspects of the institution.

Our Institute for Building Resilience through Trauma-Informed Practices (I-BRTIP)

The Certificate program is offered through our I-BRTIP Institute and our Higher Education Administration program. The Institute is our unique contribution to advancing social justice.

I-BRTIP will be a resource and advocate for the impact of trauma-informed practices on systemic racism, proactive and humane law enforcement, economic equity, criminal justice, educational opportunity, and the affirmation of human dignity and mutual respect.

Trauma-Informed Certificate Areas of Study 

The Certificate in Building Resilience through Trauma-Informed Practices is an online nine-credit hour program. The program is designed to be completed in one semester (15 weeks). For students interested in pursuing a master's program, the credits can also be applied to the M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration with a Trauma-Informed Practices Emphasis (HED-TIP)

Certificate Requirements Overview

HED 732—The Impact of Trauma on High School Students | 4sh

This course will expose participants to the field of trauma through a comprehensive study of the impact of trauma on students prior to enrolling in college. 

  • Overview of Trauma—Childhood through Young Adulthood
  • Impact of Trauma on Children’s Experiences in K-12 Education
  • Impact of Society and Technology on Teens and Young Adults
  • Impact of Racism, Racial Equity and Social Justice on Teens and Young Adults
  • Impact of Disruptive Events such as COVID-19 on Teens and Young Adults
  • Understanding the Complex Issues shaping First-year College Students
  • Redesigning the Admissions Process to Support Students Impacted by Trauma

HED 733—Trauma-Informed Practices in Higher Education | 4sh

This course will begin with an investigation of the impact that factors from HED 732 have on higher education, campus and community life, and the needs of today’s learning communities.

  • Social Emotional Learning and Living in College
  • Mental Health Informed Practices in Higher Education
  • Campus and Community Life Programs that foster flourishing
  • Academic Advising and Counseling to Support Students Impacted by Trauma
  • Pedagogical Strategies and Techniques to Support Students impacted by Trauma
  • Role of Racial Equity and Social Justice in Creating a Culture of Caring
  • Trauma-Informed Practices in Higher Education to Increase Retention

HED 734—Application of Trauma-Informed Practices in Higher Education | 1sh 

Each student will create a strategic plan for implementing trauma-informed practices into their specific college or university and in their area of responsibility. For example, a Director of Residence Life would create a strategic plan for integrating theory and application of trauma-informed practices into the Residence Life Office.