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Trauma-Informed Psychotherapy


Graduate Credit Certificate Program

Melanie Hetzel-Riggin
170 Irvin Kochel Center Behrend
Erie, PA 16563
Phone: (814) 898-6108

The primary goal of this certificate is to prepare mental health professionals, and those in related fields, with training and practice in trauma-focused assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. The curriculum will provide thorough training in trauma-informed conceptualization of and empirically-supported treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder and other trauma-related problems. All
candidates are required to take 12 credits in four courses (trauma and resiliency, foundations in trauma-focused treatment, advanced trauma-focused treatment, and crisis intervention.)

PSYCH 442(3), PSYSC 843(3), PSYSC 844(3), PSYSC 845(3)

Non-Course Requirements

An applicant must have a master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in clinical or counseling psychology, counselor education, marriage and family therapy, or social work, or be concurrently enrolled as a degree student in a Penn State master’s degree in clinical or counseling psychology or counselor education. For students concurrently enrolled in a
master's degree program, the certificate will be awarded upon completion of the 12 credits required for the certificate. The certificate cannot be awarded prior to completion of the master's degree.



Effective Semester: Fall 2017
Ending Semester: Fall 2022



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