You must have earned either a master’s degree in a clinical human service discipline or be currently enrolled in a clinical master's program; or have earned a bachelor’s degree in a human service discipline (psychology, criminal justice, sociology, nursing, social work, etc.). With a bachelor’s degree, you will also need one year of work with clients in a human service organization. Acceptance is subject to review and approval of your application.

Program Overview:

This program is designed to provide a comprehensive knowledge base about trauma and the needs of trauma survivors from an individual and systems perspective. There is a focus on providing client treatment through psychoeducation and stabilizations skills. The program consists of approximately 96 hours of educational content created to advance your trauma treatment skills. 

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.

Program Format:

  • All courses must be purchased through our online catalog, unless otherwise specified.
  • You have up to 3 years to complete the program, although you may complete it in a shorter timeframe. 
  • To succssfully complete the course you must pass a quiz with 80% or higher to verify your acquisition of knowledge. Quizzes can be retaken. 
  • Depending on the courses you select, the cost is approximately  $2000 - $2500. Individual course prices are subject to change. 
  • Please allow up to two weeks for review of application. Once you receive email notification of acceptance, login to your account to choose and purchase courses. 

Access: After purchase, access to the online self-study courses never expire. It offers you two options: watch as a streaming video through your account and/or download the video and watch as often as desired. Both can be done at a time of your convenience.

You will have the opportunity to learn:

  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • How to use self-care methods to minimize burnout, vicarious traumatization and compassion fatigue.
  • How to implement a Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) model in an organization.
  • How to Integrate intervention methods into work with individuals with co-occurring trauma/mental health and substance abuse disorders.
  • Skills in working with individuals who have had repeated life events resulting in complex trauma/complex PTSD. The majority of clients you see will have complex PTSD.
  • Content and skills on other trauma-specific services for youth, adults and specific populations through the elective courses you choose.


Preview Foundation Courses

Preview Grounding and Experiential Methods Courses

Preview Skill Intervention Courses

Preview Elective Courses

CEUs: Continuing Education Units are listed in the credit tab of each course. Please check before you purchase to ensure the course provides the CEUs needed.

Final Certificate: 

When you have completed the required coursework please email sw-ce@buffalo.edu. We will verify completed coursework and email you the final certificate of completion within 2 weeks. If you would like a certificate of completion sent via US Mail, please indicate this in the email.

Questions? Email or call 716-829-5841.

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