Welcome to the Online Trauma-Informed Clinical Foundation Information Page

Knowledge and Skills

Upon completion of the certificate program, you will be able to:

  • Recognize how psychological trauma contributes significantly in the development of many problems such as various psychiatric disorders, addictions, behavioral disorders, suicidal behavior, personality disorders, violent behavior and chronic health problems.
  • Understand that based on expert consensus, the three-phase model of trauma treatment is best practice: stabilization and managing responses to the trauma; resolution of the traumatic memories which includes processing and grieving the memories; and personality re-integration and rehabilitation (reconnecting with life, relationships and the world in healthy way).
  • Know the models of trauma, the neurobiological basis of trauma, symptom criteria for Acute and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), evidence-based and other effective treatment methods.
  • Use self-care methods to minimize burnout, vicarious traumatization and compassion fatigue.
  • Know how to implement a Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) model in an organization.
  • Understand the relationship between trauma and addiction, and the role of shame.
  • Experience expanded knowledge regarding trauma and other populations or treatment approaches based on the elective course selected.

Please note that this certificate program does not verify competence in the field, but rather indicates completion of the required training. Acquisition of new knowledge and skills improves your ability to deliver services.


All courses must be purchased through our online catalog, unless otherwise specified (links included below).

Foundation (required) Courses: Each underlined course title is hyperlinked to the online catalog so you can see the price and all details.

Elective Course Hours

Check the UB MSW Credit Courses page for a current list of courses that count toward the online certificate program if taken within three years of the program start date. UB MSW Credit Courses can be used for up to a maximum of 12 hours. 

Certificate of Completion
For those who finish the certificate program, please email us at sw-ce@buffalo.edu and include your current mailing address. We will mail you a frameable certificate of completion. 

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