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Certificate Program in Trauma Response and Crisis Intervention

This clinical certificate program is designed for clinicians, mental health professionals, and practitioners from other disciplines who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills in the field of trauma response and crisis intervention. Workshops will address a variety of traumatic events such as interpersonal violence, natural disaster, terrorism, and personal/family crises.

Workshops offered in this certificate program are designed as clinical workshops. Certificates of completion are offered after each workshop and upon completion of the final certificate. Participants not seeking the full certificate program are welcome to take individual workshops.

To receive the Certificate in Trauma Response and Crisis Intervention, a participant attends: 

9 Required Workshops
2 Elective Workshop
12 Days in Total

Required Workshops

The Effects of Trauma across the Developmental Spectrum (1 day) 
5 CE Hours, Clinical

  • Describe the effects of trauma on the emotional, cognitive, neurological & physical human systems
  • Discuss neurophysiological and neurochemical changes and the efficacy of medication.
  • Examine the short and long term effects of trauma across the life span (infancy, child, adolescent, adult)
  • Identify the differences between normal grief and grief resulting from trauma

Foundations and Models of Crisis Intervention (2 days) 
10 CE Hours, Clinical

  • Examine the history and evolution of crisis intervention and trauma response over the past century
  • Describe the different models and techniques currently used with different populations and discuss their effectiveness
  • Identify public and private resources within the community available to clinicians and individuals affected by trauma
  • Review the international psychosocial intervention programs and lessons learned from these efforts

Self-Care in Trauma Work 
5 CE Hours, Clinical

  • Discuss secondary or vicarious traumatization among clinicians who work with trauma
  • Explore the issues of transference and countertransference as it pertains to working with trauma
  • Identify practical skills/methods for self-awareness/self-care

Differences and Diversity in the Experience, Effects and Treatment of Trauma 
5 CE Hours, Clinical

  • Examine how culture and ethnicity influence the experience, effects and treatment of trauma
  • Explore how pre-incident mental health and pre-existing mental health conditions (e.g. substance abuse, affective disorder) influence the experience, effects and treatment of trauma
  • Identify special populations (e.g. refugees, children of war, etc.)

Responding to Disaster 
5 CE Hours, Clinical

  • Describe different types of disaster including natural disaster and terrorism
  • Discuss individual and community responses to disasters
  • Examine the four phases of disaster response: mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery
  • Describe the elements and protocol of New Jersey’s disaster response and available public and private resources

The Ethics of Trauma and Disaster Response: Doing Right, Doing Good 
5 CE Hours, Clinical

  • Explore ethical consideration such as confidentiality in crisis intervention and trauma response
  • Discuss ethical issues such as palliative care and family presence during death and critical medical treatment
  • Discuss frameworks for making difficult ethical decisions

Family Treatment Approaches in Working with Trauma 
5 CE Hours, Clinical

  • Examine how trauma experienced individually or as a group, affects the family system
  • Utilizing the different family systems theories, explore approaches to treatment

Group Treatment Approaches in Working with Trauma 
5 CE Hours, Clinical

  • Explore different group treatment modalities including defusing, debriefing and education, as well as short and long-term group therapy
  • Describe how the modalities apply to different populations
  • Examine the curative factors unique to group treatment 

Individual Treatment Approaches in Working with Trauma 
5 CE Hours, Clinical

  • Delineate the different theories related to trauma work
  • Discuss the major approaches to trauma treatment, including their philosophical assumptions, strategies and techniques employed, and available outcome research
  • Consider the role of spirituality and complimentary treatments in treating trauma

Two one-day electives are required in addition to the required workshops. Some examples: 

  • The Impact of Gangs on Trauma Informed Care
  • The Neuroscience of Optimal Well-Being
  • Mental Health Responses to Mass Violence
  • The Application of Multi-Sensory Mindfulness Practices in Trauma Treatment
  • The Impact of Trauma
  • Cultural Competency in Trauma Treatment

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