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Trauma Informed Care

Expand your skillset with this Trauma Informed Care certificate from PennWest University.

Trauma can have a serious impact on behavioral health, mental health and school and work performance, as well as overall health and well-being.

The Trauma-Informed Care certificate from PennWest University utilizes approaches drawn from both psychology and social work to give you a well-rounded perspective on this contemporary model of care.

If you are a seeking a career in psychology, social work or other human services, learn to promote healing and recovery through the use of trauma-informed care. The Trauma-Informed Care certificate Is the ideal addition to your bachelor’s degree. It prepares you to acknowledge the impact of trauma, understand paths to recovery and utilize practices that respect and respond to trauma’s effects on the individuals, families, groups and communities you will one day serve.

Trauma-informed care shifts the focus from “What’s wrong with you” to “What happened to you.” The Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc. explains this is an approach that benefits both clients and service providers.

Coursework will be delivered by experienced faculty from the Psychology and Social Work department. They will help you develop the interviewing techniques and skills you need to engage patients who have experienced any sort of trauma. You will emerge a compassionate and effective professional, ready to advance your own career and improve the lives of those you serve.

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Children report at least one traumatic event by age 16.

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A “promising model”

According to the Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc.,  trauma-informed care promotes resilience in staff and patients.

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Careers and Salaries

As more organizations institute this approach to care, this certificate may provide a competitive edge for graduates seeking employment as human services professionals. According to the Center for Health Care Strategies, the trauma-informed approach to care “can also help reduce burnout among healthcare providers” by helping them to understand the impact of trauma on the lives of those they serve.

Program Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to define Trauma Informed Care
  2. Students will understand trauma across the lifespan
  3. Students will be able to identify different stressors that contribute to trauma
  4. Students will be aware of how to apply Trauma Informed Care

The Power of PennWest

PennWest’s three campuses, California, Clarion and Edinboro universities, have been delivering award-winning online programs for more than 20 years. You’ll graduate with a degree from Pennsylvania Western University, completely supported by the expertise and community of learners on our brick-and-mortar campuses.

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