Trauma and Bereavement (Graduate Certificate)

Trauma and Bereavement (Graduate Certificate)

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Trauma and Bereavement (Graduate Certificate)


BEREAVEMENT, GRIEF, TRAUMA, Violence, death, dying

Program Description
Degree Awarded: Certificate  Trauma and Bereavement (certificate)

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 with 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 students have opportunities 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.

At a Glance
Degree Requirements

15 credit hours

Required Core (12 credit hours)
SWG 577 Traumatic Death: Theory, Counseling and Practice (3)
SWG 612 Social Work with Groups (3)
SWG 626 Crisis Intervention and Short-Term Treatment (3)

Students select one of the following as part of the core:
SWG 541 Field Practicum I (3)
SWG 542 Field Practicum II (3)
SWG 641 Advanced Practicum: Direct Practice I (3)
SWG 642 Advanced Practicum: Direct Practice II (3)
SWG 645 The Professional Experience III (3)
SWG 646 The Professional Experience IV (3)

Electives (3 credit hours)

Admission Requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the College of Public Service and Community Solutions.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree, in fields such as psychology, sociology or social work, from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of a student's first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. personal statement
  4. resume
  5. School of Social Work certificate application
  6. three references
  7. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English (regardless of current residency) must provide proof of English proficiency.

The personal statement, resume, School of Social Work certificate application (available on the department website) and three references (forms available on the department webpage) should be submitted to the School of Social Work.

The personal statement must be two to four pages, doubled-spaced. Guidelines are listed on the application.

No more than two certificate courses may be completed before applying for admission to the certificate program.

Students should see the program website for application deadlines.

Contact Information

School of Social Work | UCENT 800 | 602-496-0800

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