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Advanced Trauma-Informed Counseling Certificate

The Bay Path University Certificate in Advanced Trauma-Informed Counseling provides students the opportunity to focus at the master’s level on the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of trauma-related mental health conditions in clients of all ages. Successful completion of this certificate program will demonstrate that the student has advanced training in working with trauma, leading to increased expertise as a clinician, as well as advantages in obtaining employment.

• courses are taught 100% online 
• Classes begin every february, and october

Applicants must have previously earned a master’s degree in counseling, psychology, or a related field, or must be currently enrolled in such a program. Applicants must have a 3.0 or higher GPA in their graduate work.


Curriculum & Schedules

Code Course Name Credit Hours
PSY671 Theories and Models of Trauma & Attachment 3

This 3 credit class will provide the student with a comprehensive understanding of the foundation of trauma theory and therapy, attachment theory and the relationship to trauma, history and current theories in the field, the nature of trauma (examples including abuse and exploitation, combat trauma, natural disasters and community trauma, and familiar and covert trauma), how trauma affects individuals and systems, grief reactions, and traumatic stress. Also included in this class, is the exploration of the professional’s response to trauma, vicarious re-traumatization, crisis intervention, comorbid disorders and post-modern treatment. Additional topics will include special populations, as well as cultural competence within trauma practice.
Prerequisite: PSY664

PSY672 Neurobiology of Trauma 3

In this 3 credit class, students will build upon foundational knowledge and theory to provide a bio-diverse understanding of the effects of complex trauma on brain chemistry, functioning and anatomy of the brain, and brain development, within the context of attachment, affect regulation, normative brain development, and trauma disruption. Class materials will address the functions of brain areas that are involved in responding to traumatic events; how the brain and body respond to traumatic events; the influence of traumatic events on memory processes; common emotional and behavioral responses to trauma; and how to effectively work with trauma survivors We will examine common trauma symptomatology and presentations that arise from these disruptions across the lifespan, including understanding the functionality of disassociation. Additionally, students will review a range of evidence-based interventions that can help positively impact the neurophysiological effects of trauma in youth and adults, with an emphasis on achieving functionality and health within the whole self. Life span work will be incorporated, as well as co-morbid medical presentations and how to engage your clients with understandable explanations of the link between mental health disorders and biology.
Prerequisite: PSY 664

PSY673 Advanced Techniques in Treating Acute/Complex Trauma 3

This 3 credit advanced treatment course will build upon PSY 672 and provide students with skills for the practical application of trauma therapy within practice settings, including understanding diagnostic criteria and the spectrum of trauma-based presentations, diagnostic clarity within the trauma lens, treatment planning with the trauma client, ethical applications of crisis intervention with trauma clients, sociopolitical and cultural factors in the diagnosis and treatment of trauma, discharge planning. Course work will address current best practices in the treatment of trauma with families, adults, and children, including the models empirically supported by APA practice guidelines (EMDR, TF-CBT, ARC therapy, IFS, CBT, CPT, NET). Additionally, auxiliary skill models to support Trauma therapy will be discussed, including DBT, medication management, and MBSR. Coursework will include evaluating cultural competence of practice skills and special populations.
Prerequisite: PSY 664

PSY674 Advanced Techniques in the Treatment of Trauma: Children and Adolescents 3

The purpose of this 3-credit course is to provide students with advanced counseling skills in the treatment of trauma in children and adolescents. This course will explore developmentally appropriate applications of the principles of trauma-informed care as well as specific trauma-focused skills and interventions for children and adolescents. Issues related to the developmental consequences of childhood trauma, impact of trauma on family systems, and diagnosis and assessment of trauma and related symptoms will be covered. Students will explore evidence-based practices for addressing a wide range of symptoms in traumatized youth. Expressive therapies such as art, play, and other nonverbal and symbolic techniques will be integrated.
Prerequisite: PSY 664