Graduate Certificate in Violence, Loss, Trauma
Program Director: Dr. Bob Rubenstein
The Graduate Certificate in Violence, Loss, and Trauma requires 15 hours of course credit. The certificate program is currently the state’s only post-baccalaureate initiative providing a sequential, specialized professional development opportunity for mental health professionals and paraprofessionals who contribute to the identification of, and interventions in family/partner abuse situations.
Professional Continuing Education coursework offered in the certificate program will be eligible for continuing education units by the Counseling Board of Examiners. Efforts are being made to facilitate receipt of continuing education units from the West Virginia Board of Social Work Examiners. Individuals must submit course information to the Psychology Board of Examiners for review. The coursework meets and exceeds the training requirements for facilitators of Batterer Intervention Programs. These requirements are set forth in Title 119 Legislative Rule Family Protection Services Board.
The graduate certificate program in Violence, Loss, and Trauma can be completed in one of two ways:
- First, the student may apply and be accepted into the Clinical Mental Health Area of Emphasis of the Counseling program and take the certificate courses in conjunction with the required degree courses and graduate with a Master of Arts degree in Counseling in addition to a graduate certificate denoting the Violence, Loss, and Trauma area of specialty.
Second, the certificate coursework may be taken as a stand-alone program to be completed in one year. The program is currently the state’s only post-baccalaureate initiative providing a sequential, specialized professional development opportunity for mental health professionals and paraprofessionals who contribute to the identification of, and interventions in family/partner abuse situations.
Gainful Employment Program Disclosure:
- Under the Code of Federal Regulations 668.6B, the following information is provided to prospective students seeking only the certificate (not simultaneously with a degree) to help them make informed decisions about this program, which does not lead to a degree. NOTE: Standard Occupational Classification (“SOC”) codes are issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor. The SOC is linked to the occupational profile on O*NET, the nation’s primary source of occupational information.
|Intended Occupation for Certificate Holders||Standard Occupation Code|
|Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors||21.1011|
|Counselors, All Other||21-1019|
|Child, Family, and School Social Workers||21-1021|
|Marriage and Family Therapists||21-1013|
Cost of books and supplies (estimate): $250
Standard Time to Completion: 2-3 semesters.
Information about Students who have Completed the Certificate-Only Program in the Most Recent Full Year (Fall 2010-Summer 2011):
- Number of certificate-only students enrolled: none
- Number of certificate-only students completing: N/A
- On-Time Completion Rate: N/A
- Job Placement Rate: N/A
- Median Loan Debt: N/A
Certificate Application Essentials
How to apply:
- Prospective certificate-only students should apply for admission to Marshall University as a Certificate/Professional Development student and select the Violence, Loss, and Trauma Certificate on the application form. See the Graduate Catalog for complete information on admissions requirements.
- Applicants should follow the admissions process described in the Graduate Catalog, or at the Graduate Admissions website.
- Students already enrolled in the Counseling master’s program (Clinical Mental Health Counseling Area of Emphasis), should submit a Secondary Program Request form:
Deadline for Application: December 1 (Spring semester); August 1 (Fall Semester); May 1 (Summer)