Deepen your understanding and hone your skills.

Trauma is a major issue in society that results in increased risk across a number of societal concerns. Trauma-informed care is a powerful framework that offers hope in addressing these issues. It provides a means to better recognize the symptoms of trauma, understand its impact, and develop the knowledge base and skills to address the needs of individuals with trauma histories.

The Trauma-Informed Care certificate courses consider several social issues that intersect with trauma including violence in families, child welfare and policy, substance use and mental health. Through these courses, students will learn about topics related to the recognition of the impact of violence as shaped by the social location of vulnerable and oppressed groups, the dynamics of child abuse and neglect, family structures, support systems and methods of intervention, risk of unaddressed traumatic experiences and its implications for mental health across the lifespan, and the characteristics of various life traumas and the social, psychological, and biological impact that may be associated with substance use.

Through completion of the Trauma-Informed Care certificate, students will have increased knowledge and skills needed to interact effectively and ethically with individuals who have experienced trauma.


Careers, Professions, and Required Courses

Applicable Professions and Majors for students with a Trauma-Informed Care Certificate:

  • Social Workers
  • Rehabilitation Studies
  • Psychology
  • Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Professionals
  • Health Care Professionals
  • Teachers and Counselors
  • Human Development and Family Science

Social Work

Social workers make the world a better place by helping people overcome the challenges associated with abuse, poverty, homelessness, addiction, disability, illness, and discrimination. They practice in a variety of areas including healthcare, hospice, substance abuse treatment, child welfare, aging, criminal justice and others.

Learn more about UNT’s Social Work program and how you can make a difference!
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