Trauma Informed Practice
Trauma Informed Practice
Children’s exposure to trauma can have both a short- and long-term impact on relationships, self-regulation, learning, physical and emotional health, and well-being (National Child Traumatic Stress Network, 2018). It is estimated that two thirds of children in the U.S. experience at least one trauma while 11 % experience three or more (National Survey of Children’s Health, 2016).
Given the significant number of youth exposed to trauma and its far-reaching effects into adulthood, there has been a shift toward implementation of trauma-informed practices and the creation of trauma-sensitive systems of support across the fields of education, human services, and health services. This certificate program provides the requisite knowledge and competencies professionals must acquire to meet the needs of children who are exposed to trauma and facilitate multidisciplinary collaboration.
This certificate program is designed for in-service teachers, health practitioners, and human service practitioners. The unique curricular design allows for specialization in one’s field, as well as exposure to the nature of care and approaches in related disciplines.
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Credits Required: 12
- 10% Alumni Scholarship
- 15% Affinity Partner Scholarship
Tuition and fees are reviewed and subject to change annually.
- Assess the short- and long-term impact of trauma on the developing child.
- Implement trauma-informed approaches within their field of practice.
- Establish cross-system collaborations with other practitioners serving children and families experiencing trauma.
- Advocate for trauma-sensitive school and organization change.
This certificate is endorsed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) resulting in the wareding of the PDE Social, Emotional and Behavioral Wellness of PK-12 Student endorsement.
Trauma Informed Practice Certificate Requirements
Professionals in the following careers or who are aspiring to enter these careers (or related careers) will greatly benefit from the in-demand specialized skillsets developed through this program:
- Mental Health and Behavioral Counseling
- Registered/Practical Nurse
- Human Services
- Youth and Career Counseling
- Social Work
- Health Education and Counseling
- Healthcare Therapists
- Healthcare Patient Support
- Mental Health Therapy
- Teachers in general and Special Education
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Dr. Peter Licona, Co-Chair, Graduate Education
Dr. Peter Licona holds a B.S. in Secondary Education Biology from Kutztown University, a M.S. in Biology from Bloomsburg University, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from The Pennsylvania State University. He has spent the last 25 years within the field of education and has taught kindergarten to graduate level courses.
As the coordinator of the graduate programs in education at Elizabethtown College, I am pleased to welcome you to the exciting next step in your professional journey. As a proponent of lifelong learning, I recognize the value of a quality graduate education. A graduate degree in education from Elizabethtown College will afford educational professionals many rewards: deeper pedagogical content knowledge, access to research-based educational literature, collaborative experiences with colleagues, and improved teaching practice.
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