Level One

Florida State University has launched a new online curriculum for a Professional Certification in Trauma and Resilience: Level One. The curriculum was developed by the Clearinghouse on Trauma & Resilience within the Institute for Family Violence Studies in the College of Social Work. The curriculum enables professionals to develop the knowledge and skills they need to understand the impact of adult and child trauma, along with the keys to resilience. Participants will learn crucial information to improve service delivery to clients, students, human services recipients, patients, and other members of the public.

This self-paced curriculum includes 20 hours of course content and ten chapters of research-based readings, case scenarios, multi-media materials, assignments, and quizzes.

This certification is designed for:

  • Social Services Providers, Victim Advocates,Child Welfare Staff, & Guardians ad Litem
  • Counselors, Psychologists, Social Workers
  • First Responders: Law Enforcement Officers, Firefighters, & EMS
  • Medical Professionals: Physicians, & Nurses
  • Lawyers, Judges, & Legal Assistants
  • Clergy Members
  • Criminal justice officers and administrators
  • Teachers & Higher Education Administrators
  • Pre-K-12 Teachers and administrators
  • Media Professionals

The benefits of this certification include:

  • Enhancing your professional knowledge, skills, and career potential.
  • A transformative understanding of how stress from Adverse Childhood Experiences can affect the developing brain and impact maladaptive client behavior.
  • A powerful new perspective on trauma-informed approaches to effective service delivery. A discovery of the building blocks of resilience and the hope they offer for healing.
  • Increased self-awareness, a new outlook on personal development, and ways to avoid secondary traumatization.
  • Confidence in your ability to enhance your agency, unit, or teams’ effectiveness.
Advisory Board

The research team at the Institute for Family Violence Studies appreciates the expertise of our Advisory Review Board Members:

James Clark, Ph.D., LCSW 
Suzanne Harrison, M.D.
Carol Edwards, MSW, LCSW
Craig Stanley, Ph.D., LCSW 
Mimi Graham, Ph.D.
Amy Coren, Ph.D.
Shalay Jackson, MSW, D.P.H.
Machelle D. Madsen Thompson, Ph.D, LCSW
Joedrecka Brown Speights, M.D., FAAFP

Therapists, Social Workers, Nurses, Dentists, Lawyers, Judges

Note: The number of CEUs may differ depending on the profession and approval agency as described below.

Licensed Mental Health Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Social Workers

  • Continuing Education Units (CEU) programs are set forth and approved for licensure renewal as outlined in the Florida Statutes and by Chapter 491 Licensure Board. This Professional Certification course is approved for and offers 15 contact hours for clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists and mental health counselors.

Participants outside of Florida must submit to their own licensing board to determine credit awarded.

Nurses, Dentists, Dental Hygienists, and Respiratory Therapists

  • Big Bend Area Health Education Center is a Florida Department of Health approved provider for the Florida Board of Nursing, the Florida Board of Dentistry, and the Florida Board of Respiratory Care. Approved for 20 hours.

Participants outside of Florida must submit to their own licensing board to determine credit awarded.


  • Continuing Education Units for Florida lawyers have been approved by the Florida Bar. You will receive a total of ten (10) CLEs for earning a Professional Certification and submitting your hours to the Florida Bar. Five (5) hours are mental health, and five (5) hours are toward general education.

Participants outside of Florida must submit to their own licensing board to determine credit awarded.

Call (850) 644-7545 or email resilience@capd.fsu.edu to obtain Discount Codes. Discount codes MUST be used during the registration process and cannot be applied after the registration is submitted, no exceptions.

  • All active/inactive U.S. Military – 10%. Must supply:
    • Send an email from your .mil account, OR
    • Scan and email your military orders, OR
    • Scan and email you military ID
  • FSU Alumni – 10%. Must supply:
    • Full name as it was when you attended FSU, and
    • Date of Birth, and
    • Graduation Year
  • FSU Faculty & Staff -10%. Must supply:
    • Full name as is found in the Faculty/Staff database

*Discounts are not cumulative. Only one discount can be used per student.

Minimum Hardware Requirements
A functional laptop or desktop computer, tablet or smartphone with a reliable high-speed Internet connection.

Minimum Skills Requirements
Basic computer literacy including the ability to connect to the Internet and navigate the web using URLs, Web search engines and links.

Minimum Time Requirements
The estimated time to complete this certification is 20 hours.

Please note that there are NO REFUNDS. So, be sure that you can take the course before inputting your payment information.

For More Information:

Course Content Support:
Lyndi Bradley, FSU COSW Institute for Family Violence Studies
(850) 644-1715

Registration Assistance:
Catia Carballo, Center for Academic & Professional Development
(850) 644-7545 or use the contact form below.

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“Everyone who works with vulnerable people should have this training, particularly those of us who work in the dependency system. I’m recommending it to my whole Program.” - Eva Mae Sugg, Esq.

Senior Best Interest Attorney, 19th Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program, St. Lucie, FL

“I really like this training: it covers trauma in depth and is well researched. Each section builds on the previous. I appreciated that they gave me information in ways that were easy to read, and then complemented it with in-depth articles and resources for further reading. I didn’t have to go searching for things. As a practitioner, that was helpful.” - Rev. Matt Schlageter, M.Div., BCC-APC

Staff Chaplain, Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC