Jun 19, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Trauma Treatment Graduate Certificate

The graduate certificate program in trauma treatment is only intended for currently admitted Social Work graduate students. This program provides students with the coursework and practical experience needed to provide trauma-specific, evidence-based interventions, and trauma-informed programming and policy development. Home unit: College of Social Work .

Campus Code

Knoxville Campus
Nashville Campus
Distance Education

Graduate Certificate Type


Admissions Standards/Procedures

Students will receive information about the certificate program at the time of their admission to the MSSW program.

To be admitted to this program, students must

  • Meet the Graduate Admission requirements for a certificate program.
  • Submit a departmental application at the time of their admission to the MSSW program and agree to program requirements.

The application includes a brief personal statement describing 1) their reasons for participating in the certificate program, 2) their professional career goals, and 3) acknowledgement that they understand there are additional credit hours to be taken beyond the credits required for the MSSW.

Students selected for admission must be formally admitted to the certificate program through the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Credit Hours Required

21 graduate credit hours

Required Courses

Three Trauma Courses (9 credit hours)

Additional Course Requirements

  • 12 credit hours in a trauma-specific field placement (i.e., a placement in which more than half of the student’s time is spent working with traumatized clients client systems).
  • Trauma treatment students are required to elect a concentration field placement that has the opportunity to focus on work with and/or on behalf of populations experiencing trauma. The field placement must be approved by the MSSW Field Coordinator.
  • Trauma treatment students will develop a field learning plan in preparation for their concentration field that focuses on trauma-specific learning. The learning plan will include trauma-specific learning goals.

Non-Course Requirements

To receive the certificate, students must:
1) complete the Graduate Certificate Course Verification Form (located on the Graduate School webpage under the Forms Central tab) and
2) through MyUTK, apply to graduate from the certificate program.