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Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Treatment of Trauma, Abuse, & Deprivation | Graduate Degree Program

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Treatment of Trauma, Abuse, & Deprivation

For professionals looking to specialize in trauma studies, Ottawa University offers a graduate certificate specially designed for those who want to work in the trauma response and crisis intervention field, assisting those who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and survivors of abuse, violence, war, crime and more.

About Our Certification Program

As a student of our certification in trauma counseling program in Arizona, you will learn the three-stage model of trauma therapy, as well as master the following counselor education course topics:

  • Fundamental theory for treatment of trauma, abuse and deprivation
  • Clinical assessment and treatment of trauma, abuse and deprivation
  • Advanced clinical applications in trauma, abuse and deprivation
  • Expressive arts therapies
  • Assessment and treatment of child trauma

In addition to treatment for PTSD and therapy for depression, you will learn the basics of using expressive arts therapy in treating trauma in adults and children and cover substance abuse counselor topics.

Career Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for counselors is estimated to rise 30% by 2022. Upon earning your certificate in trauma counseling, you can seek a career as a licensed professional counselor in:

  • Outpatient mental health and substance abuse centers
  • Nursing and residential care facilities
  • Individual and family services
  • State and local government agencies
  • Hospitals

For more information on continuing education for counselors and our graduate certificate program in trauma response and crisis intervention, contact us today.

Licensing/certification requirements vary state to state. Students are responsible for checking the requirements for their respective states.


Treatment of Trauma, Abuse, & Deprivation is offered at the following locations.

  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Online

Treatment of Trauma, Abuse and Deprivation Certificate Courses

Requires a minimum of 15 semester credit hours

Fundamentals and Theory of Trauma, Abuse and Deprivation | 
Introductory course presenting an integrated view of effects on personality development of childhood trauma, abuse and deprivation. Therapeutic interventions examined.

Expressive Arts Therapies | 
Examines theories, techniques and applications of play, art, music, dance and other expressive therapeutic approaches.

Children and Complex Trauma | 
This course delineates theoretical and practical integration of eco-developmental approaches to psychological trauma. Consequences of early traumatic experience are mapped in the context of psychosocial developmental processes, including attachment, social interaction, emotional expression, and cognitive construction of worldview. The impact of repeated trauma in the lives of children and adolescents is explored in the context of developmental transformations and in relationship to psychopathology, gender, and bio-physiology.

Clinical Assessment of Trauma | 
Examines techniques for assessing emotional health, pathology and dysfunction and time-sensitive techniques for treatment. Includes student observation and participation.

Assessment and Treatment of Trauma, Abuse and Deprivation in Children | 
This course prepares the student to carry out complex assessment and interventions within a family setting and with children. The primary focus is to stimulate reflection on and discussion of clinical work with traumagenic families, gain experience of and confidence in formulating and facilitating constructive clinical interventions. Topics also include strengthening the theory-practice link and increased skill in effective traumagenic family collaborative recovery.

Advanced Clinical Application | 
Focus on advanced techniques and resources for assessing and treating the effects of trauma, abuse and deprivation on children and adults. Emphasis on holistic approach to recovery and growth.

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University Accreditation

Ottawa University, as a whole, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Specific degree programs within our institution have also been accredited by relevant bodies within the field:

We are proudly recognized for our commitment to student excellence by the following designations:

Why Choose Ottawa
Almost all courses in Ottawa University’s programs are available online and accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. We make it easy for you to transfer credits in order to help keep tuition costs down. We also offer courses in accelerated 8-week terms in order to reduce your time to completion. These are just a few of the reasons why we are proud to be the best, fastest, and most affordable option locally in the Kansas City, Milwaukee, and Phoenix areas, as well as serving students nationally through our online degrees.

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