Trauma and Bereavement (Grad Certificate)

Traumatic loss and grief can have devastating physical, emotional and spiritual effects on the individual and the community. In addition to the toll taken on society, the price tag for unresolved grief is measured in the billions of dollars annually in lost productivity, lower job performance, and destructive coping. A recent report suggests the “hidden” annual cost of grief in the workplace related to a loved one’s passing is estimated at $37 billion. 

There is a growing need in society for health care workers and clinicians to be better prepared to help clients and patients experiencing trauma. The School of Social Work graduate certificate program in trauma and bereavement prepares individuals to work in the field of death and dying as well as trauma and bereavement in clinical, organizational and administrative settings. The program provides students with enhanced knowledge about grief responses and the effects of trauma and opportunities for students to research an often under-explored topic, while helping transform the sociopolitical management of grief, traumatic losses and end-of-life issues in contemporary society.

In addition to tuition and class fees, there is a $500 one-time program fee.

Degree Offered

Trauma and Bereavement (Grad Certificate)
Public Service and Community Solutions, College of

Location
Downtown

Plan of Study

The Plan of Study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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Help is on the way.

As the specialized education necessary to address traumatic loss and grief continues to grow in importance, the School of Social Work has designed a unique 18-credit graduate program leading to a certificate in trauma and bereavement (CTB).

Created for working professionals and graduate students, the certificate program will better prepare individuals to work in the fields of death and dying, trauma and bereavement in clinical, organizational, and administrative settings. The specialized curriculum will enhance students’ knowledge about grief responses and the effects of trauma and will provide hands-on opportunities for students to research and transform the management of grief, traumatic loss, and end-of-life issues in contemporary society.

Already working in the field? Expand your expertise.

As the demand for healthcare workers and clinicians with qualified experience in this field continues to grow, the certificate will benefit physicians, nurses, social workers, mental health providers, first responders, mortuary scientists and others.

The certificate in trauma and bereavement is offered to anyone with a related bachelor’s degree who is working with, or planning to work with, individuals and families experiencing traumatic loss. 

Graduate student? Expand your knowledge.

The certificate in trauma and bereavement is designed to complement your graduate educational studies. The character of the program is such that is anticipated that a number of students will seek to obtain their certificate while studying for a master’s degree in a variety of disciplines.

Program Completion

Students in the CTB program take one or two classes per semester, and most will complete the 18-credit-hours program within two years. As a part-time program, it is tailored to meet the needs of working professionals and busy graduate students.