About the program
The University of Baltimore’s Trauma-Informed Certificate is the only certificate program of its kind designed specifically for criminal justice professionals. This post-baccalaureate certificate is ideal for you if you currently work or plan to work in the criminal justice field.
At the completion of this program, you will:
- understand the foundations and manifestations of trauma
- understand the impact of trauma within criminal justice organizations
- have the skills and tools necessary to address the consequences of trauma and make appropriate referrals for treatment services.
This 12-credit certificate program requires the following courses:
- CRJU 680 Foundations and Impact of Trauma
- CRJU 682 Trauma-Informed Organizations
- CRJU 684 Responding to Trauma
- CRJU 686 Trauma Interventions and Best Practices
Classes are offered evenings.
**Undergraduate students with a grade point average of 3.0 or better can contact the program director to be considered for early entry into the program.
What does it mean to be trauma-informed?
Being trauma-informed generally means being sensitive to the impact that trauma may have on a person. A trauma-informed criminal justice professional can increase his or her own safety as well as the safety of the individual they are interacting with in the system, and reduce that individual’s risk for re-traumatization by the system.
The rates of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorders are high among individuals involved in the criminal justice system. Thus, an understanding of trauma and its impact, as well as the principles of trauma-informed practice, are key for today’s criminal justice professionals.
"I chose UBalt because of its diversity and the cost of tuition. As a working professional, an affordable education is a huge priority for me."
Diana Campos is a student in both the Trauma-Informed Certificate program and the M.S. in Criminal Justice program
“The information I gained from my trauma-informed classes has been invaluable in my work as a case manager.”
Sonce Reese, B.S.'15, CERT'15, CERT'19, M.A.'20, earned her B.S. in Forensic Studies, Certificate in Crime Scene Investigation, Trauma-Informed Certificate and M.A. in Global Affairs and Human Security, all from The University of Baltimore
Roper Victim Assistance Academy of Maryland
In partnership with The University of Baltimore's School of Criminal Justice, the Roper Victim Assistance Academy of Maryland is a 40-hour, academically-based education and training program that covers a broad array of topics in victimology, victim's rights and services and victim advocacy throughout the criminal and juvenile processes. Led and coordinated by School of Criminal Justice executive director Debra L. Stanley , the award-winning academy also sponsors advanced trainings for victim service professionals and victim advocates and provides additional networking opportunities through its alumni association.