Trauma Prevention and Recovery

Student in a Trauma Certificate course
Student in a Trauma Certificate course
Student in a Trauma Certificate course

The Trauma Prevention and Recovery Certificate of Achievement trains students as paraprofessionals to work in the field of violence prevention and trauma response, including service provision to victims and survivors of violence.  It also trains service providers such as probation officers or nurses who routinely work with survivors of traumatic events to understand and respond to concerns unique to survivors.


This interdisciplinary curriculum provides students with a broad understanding of violence and its impact on diverse indivduals, families, communities and socieites.  This certificate program focuses on how violence affects individuals and groups, including considerations of ability/disability, age, culture, ethnicity/race, gender, gender identity/sexuality, and immigration status.  Students develop skills to critically analyze social constructs that contribute to violence, listen empathetically, offer appropriate referrals, and provide culturally competent peer support.

This interdisciplinary curriculum educates students on:

  • The causes and consequences of diverse forms of violence
  • Programmatic approaches and community resources for prevention and intervention
  • The specific effects of violence on children and their families
  • Peer counseling and client-centered skills for working with victims and survivors
  • Historic and aesthetic approaches to understanding violence, trauma and recovery
  • Self-awareness in relation to the healing process for frontline workers

Required Courses and Electives

CDEV 100: Violence and Its Impact on Children and Their Families (3 units)

IDST 47: Trauma and the Arts: An Interdisciplinary Approach (3 units)

HLTH 38: Trauma Response and Recovery (3 units)

HLTH 48: Violence as a Public Health Issue (3 units)

WOMN 54: The Politics of Sexual Violence (3 units)

Electives (3 units from any of the following courses): ADMJ 59; ADMJ 64; CDEV 101; CDEV 72; CDEV 78; HLTH 9A; HLTH 63; HLTH 73; HLTH 83; HLTH 90C; HLTH 97; HLTH 103; HLTH 116; IDST 12; IDST 80-81; LBCS 81; LERN 63; LERN 68; PSYC 15; SOC 51; TH A 161; WKEX 197; WOMN 20; WOMN 55

Collaborating Departments

In addition to the four departments that launched the Trauma Prevention & Recovery Certificate of Achievement, and offer the 5 core classes that make up the certificate, this certificate program collaborates closely with a number of other departments and support services on campus.  The following is a partial list of the collborating departments that make this highly interdisciplinary certificate run:

  • Child Development and Family Studies
  • Health Education
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Women's Studies
  • Administration of Justice
  • Labor and Community Studies
  • Learning Assistance
  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Theater Arts
  • Business
  • African American Scholastic Program
  • Continuing Student Counseling
  • Way-Pass
  • and more!

Program Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes for the Certificate Program as a Whole:

  1. Analyze the causes & consequences of diverse forms of violence and trauma on individuals and groups.
  2. Access, summarize and evaluate public health research related to violence and trauma, for its application to prevention and intervention programs.
  3. Compare programmatic approaches to prevention and intervention.
  4. Discuss historic and aesthetic approaches to understanding violence, trauma and recovery.
  5. Describe, recognize and respond to specific effects of violence on children and their families.
  6. Demonstrate peer counseling and client-centered communication skills for working with victims and survivors in ways that are culturally relevant and culturally sensitive.
  7. Describe available community resources and provide appropriate referrals.
  8. Demonstrate knowledge and skills regarding considerations of ability/disability, age, culture, ethnicity/race, gender, gender identity, sexuality, and immigration status in relation to trauma and violence, with cultural humility and sensitivity.
  9. Demonstrate self awareness in relation to the healing process, the dynamics of vicarious trauma and the role of frontline workers.