Dyane Watson, Department Chair and Professor of Practice
Department of Marriage and Family Therapy
The Certificate of Advanced Studies in Trauma-informed Practice is structured for clinicians, mental health professionals, and practitioners from allied disciplines who intend to expand their knowledge and skills in the field of trauma response and intervention. The core courses, and elective options, address the theoretical foundations of trauma, as well as evidenced-based trauma-informed practice approaches and techniques.
Please note, completion of the Advanced Certificate in Trauma-informed Practice program alone does not qualify an individual for licensure as a social worker, marriage and family therapist, or any other profession licensed under Title VIII of the Education Law, nor does it authorize a certificate holder to engage in those scope-restricted professions.
Completed bachelor’s degree, minimum GPA of 3.4. Prefer experience in the field of trauma or enrollment in or completion of a master’s degree in an allied field. GRE’s not required. An admissions committee consisting of members of MFT, SWK and PFN faculty will consider requests for exceptions to the admissions requirements. A completed bachelor’s degree, minimum GPA of 3.4, or enrollment in or completion of a master’s degree in an allied field is required. GRE’s are not required.
Eligibility requirement: To be awarded a C.A.S., a student must be matriculated in the certificate program for at least one semester. Matriculation may not be backdated.
No financial aid is offered to students in the Trauma-informed CAS program.
The curriculum includes three 3-credit courses, to be chosen from a group of five courses (Group A), and two 3-credit courses, to be chosen from a list of courses that include trauma-informed content (Group B). Students currently enrolled in a master’s degree must take at least one of the courses in Group A outside their department.