Trauma Prevention and Recovery

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"I've been thinking a lot lately about the Trauma Prevention and Recovery program, about how fantastic it is and how thankful I am to have had the opportunity to participate. When I went through the program, while I knew it was great, I lacked the perspective to really understand and appreciate the course design and content. Specifically, the programs focus on diversity, social justice, and empowerment is outstanding. Keep up the awesome work!"

- quote from a program graduate


Recent Events

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RESILIENCE: Biology of Stress & Science of Hope

Join us for a free movie and snacks and speakers to discuss how RESILIENCE is being cultivated in schools.

Learn about resilience and overcoming difficult life events -- while also learning more about the Trauma Prevention & Recovery Certificate and two related CCSF certificates.

Fall 2019:  November 20, 2019  2 to 5 pm Location TBA

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Film Showing and Orientation to Trauma Certificate
Monday, March 19, 2018
Rosenberg Library room 305

5 pm to 7 pm

Learn how early life experiences affect the brain -- and what we can do about it.

Why a certificate about trauma?

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 individuals, families, communities and societies.  This certificate program explores 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-sensitive 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

Required Courses:
CDEV 100: Violence and Its Impact on Children and Their Families (3 units) OR CDEV 101: Intervention Strategies (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: Prevention Strategies (3 units)

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

HLTH 90C: Trauma In Our Lives (one half unit)

IDST 80-81: Diversity & Social Justice series (one half unit from any course in the series)

Electives (3 units from any of the following courses):
ADMJ 64; CDEV 72; CDEV 78; CDEV 100; CDEV 101; HLTH 91H; HLTH 97; HLTH 116; IDST 80-81; LBCS 81; PSYC 9; PSYC 15; PSYC 26; WOMN 20; WOMN 55

Collaborating Departments

In addition to the four departments that launched the Trauma Prevention and Recovery Certificate of Achievement, and offering 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 collaborating 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!

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Analyze the causes and consequences of violence and trauma.
  • Compare programmatic approaches and/or community resources and assess their utility in diverse situations involving trauma.
  • Examine historic and aesthetic approaches to understanding trauma.
  • Demonstrate peer counseling and client-centered communication skills for working with victims and survivors.
  • Explain how identity, status and structural oppression relate to trauma.
  • Demonstrate self awareness in relation to vicarious trauma, the healing process and the helper role.