(Note: The Trauma Specialization is undergoing a major overhaul.  A significant upgrade is expected to become available soon.)

As of 2014, two additional certificate programs are available, one in LGBT Affirmative Psychology, the other in Conflict and Non-conflict Related Trauma Studies. These certificate programs are designed for marriage and family therapists, clinical counselors, social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists or related license or non-licensed professionals who have earned a license-eligible, master’s degree in clinical or counseling psychology or a related field, seeking to expand their practices and refine their skills in the certificate areas. Initially offered on the Los Angeles campus, with the specific intention of future offerings being in different cities throughout the United States. 

The two certificates are identical in structure, consisting of two consecutive 10-week sessions that combine online learning with three in-person weekend residencies. Four courses are offered at 3 credits each, for a total of 12 quarter units of accredited graduate work. 

The in-person residencies are face-to-face during Week 1, Week 10/11, and Week 20 of the program. During these residencies, students participate in classes. The residencies enable students to form personal and professional connections with the instructors, guest speakers, and each other.

During the online portions of the program, students work from home to read required course material, write papers, and engage in robust online discussion.

Required Courses for Conflict and Non-conflict Related Trauma Studies

PSY 5220APerspectives: Trauma & Its Effects, Awareness & Recovery3
PSY 5220BTreatment of Trauma & Posttraumatic Stress Disorder3
PSY 5220CConflict Resolution, & Secondary Posttraumatic Stess Disorder (PTSD) & Self-Care Issues for Mental Health Professionals3
PSY 5970AAssessment & Treatment of Clients With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder & Co-Occurring Substance/Alcohol Abuse, Dependency, Or Addiction3

If you do not meet the eligibility requirements for these certificate programs, but believe you are qualified to complete them, please contact MAP Director of Weekend and Satellite Programs to discuss why you are interested in enrolling and how you think it will benefit you.

Note: To be in either of these certificate programs, you must have access to a computer with Internet access.