Trauma-Informed Counseling Certificate

The program introduces the field of counseling and specific coursework in trauma-informed counseling, grief counseling, and crisis intervention and prevention. Previous study in counseling is not required, and courses include experiential components that allow students to practice, observe, and discuss counseling concepts and techniques. The certificate will enable you to become more competent in trauma-informed care in your respective discipline and expand your career marketability.

Professional Certification in trauma-informed care

The LVC Trauma-Informed Counseling Certificate is available for counselors or anyone in a professional field who engages with people who have experienced trauma. Our program welcomes educators, healthcare workers, first responders, lawyers, social workers, and anyone in the human services field interested in providing trauma-informed care to their students, patients, or clients. The certificate is based on best practices and addresses chronic forms of trauma, such as poverty and abuse, and societal trends and events that cause trauma.

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Learn through a flexible format that works with your schedule through online or hybrid program options. Seven-week terms allow you to complete your professional certification in one year.

The certificate comprises 4 courses (12 credits) that can be obtained as a stand-alone certificate. Certificate students can apply select credits toward Lebanon Valley College’s Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program.

Program Formats (Online or Hybrid)
Program Start Dates (Fall I, Fall II, Spring I, Spring II, & Summer II)
accelerated terms
Admission Information

Applications for admission to the Trauma-Informed Counseling Certificate Program are considered on a rolling basis, and those admitted may begin the program in January, March, July, August, or October.

We strongly encourage you to complete your application at least two weeks before your desired start. If you are within two weeks of when you would like to begin the program, don’t hesitate to contact for assistance, and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Applicants who possess a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university will be considered for admission pending a review of the following requirements:

  • Lebanon Valley College graduate online application
  • An official transcript from your undergraduate college or university showing a minimum college GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.0 scale); any applicants not meeting this standard will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
    • Official transcripts should be signed and sealed by the issuing school and mailed to the Graduate Admission Office.
    • Secure, electronic delivery to is also available.
    • Institutions outside of the United States must be recognized as a degree-granting institution in its home country. A course-by-course evaluation of all foreign university transcripts by an independent service based in the United States is required. World Education Services (WES) and SpanTran Evaluation Services are two suggested evaluators. Please have your official evaluation sent directly to Lebanon Valley College.
  • A personal statement (maximum 500 words) focused on the potential benefits of the certificate program for your professional aspirations.
  • A current professional résumé.

Application materials can be uploaded in the Graduate Application Portal, submitted to, or mailed to:

Graduate Admissions
Lebanon Valley College
101 North College Avenue
Annville, PA 17003