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, Human Resources Staff, Victim Advocates, & Child Welfare Staff
  • Counselors, Psychologists, Social Workers, & Guardians ad Litem
  • 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.
Why Earn The Professional Certification in Trauma and Resilience?

The Professional certification in Trauma and Resilience through Florida State University’s Center for Professional Development enables professionals to develop knowledge and skills to improve service delivery in a wide variety of human services.

The Professional certification offers the following:

  • Validation to your employer, colleagues, and clients that you have received professional training from a prominent university
  • A thorough understanding of the core concepts of both a trauma-informed approach and the keys to resilience
  • Confidence that you are able to incorporate knowledge of trauma and resilience into your own practice
  • The ability to assist leadership in establishing, strengthening, and maintaining the principles of trauma and resilience throughout the organization.

Advisory Council

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

This Professional Certification was created by the Institute for Family Violence Studies

Karen Oehme, J.D., Director
Ann Perko, J.D., Director of Research Dissemination
Lyndi Bradley, MSW, Program Manager

In-Service Training

Participants must report their certificate to their licensure board to receive credit. We do not report to the licensure boards.

K-12 Teachers and School Counselors and School Social Workers

  • This course has been approved for 20 in-service hours for Leon County’s Public School teachers and school counselors.

Participants outside of Leon County must contact their school district to determine credit awarded.

Waiver Support Coordinators

  • The Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities will grant 20 in-service training hours to Waiver Support Coordinators who earn Professional Certification. Please keep a copy of your Certification as proof of your training.

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

Continuing Education Units

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

Participants must report their certificate to their licensure board to receive credit. We do not report to the licensure boards.

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.

Florida Lawyers

  • 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. The CLEs can be applied as follows: ten (10) towards general education; (0.5) towards Bias Elimination; ten (10) towards Mental Health; ten (10) towards Juvenile Law.

North Carolina Lawyers

  • This course has been approved as a Continuing Legal Education activity by the North Carolina State Bar. Any North Carolina attorney attending will receive 15.00 hour(s) of CLE credit, of which 6.00 hour(s) will be available to satisfy the substance abuse/mental health awareness requirement, 2.00 hour(s) will be available to satisfy the professional responsibility/ethics requirement, and 7.00 hour(s) will be available to satisfy the general requirement.

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

Judges

  • The Office of the State Courts Administrator of the Florida Supreme Court has approved a total of fifteen (15) Continuing Judicial Education (CJE) units to judges and magistrates in Florida.

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

About Our Program

1. Cost

How much does the training cost?
The training is currently $349 per person.

Is the registration fee different for non-Florida residents?
No. Participants are charged the same course fee regardless of where they reside.

Do you offer discounts to non-profits?
The vast majority of our participants come from non-profit organizations. As such, we did everything in our power to keep the cost of the training as low as possible. So, while we do not offer discounts to non-profits specifically, we currently offer a 10% discount to the following populations:

  1. Active and inactive U.S. Military
  2. FSU Alumni
  3. FSU Students, Faculty, & Staff

How do I obtain the discount?
You need a promo code that you MUST enter during you registration process. This cannot be applied retroactively. To obtain the promo code you must supply the following information for each population (email to resilience@fsu.edu):

  1. Active and inactive U.S. Military
    • Send an email from your .mil account, OR
    • Scan and email your military orders, OR
    • Scan and email you military ID
  2. FSU Alumni
    • Full name as it was when you attended FSU, and
    • Date of Birth, and
    • Graduation Year
  3. FSU Students, Faculty, & Staff
    • Full name as found in the Faculty/Staff database

Can I use my State Tuition Waiver?
State Employee Tuition Waivers are restricted to credit courses. This course is non-credit, professional development and therefore does not apply for the tuition waiver.

Do you offer group discounts?
Group discounts are available to associations, agencies, and organizations who are registering multiple participants. Please email us at resilience@capd.fsu.edu to discuss.

2. Course Format

How is the training structured?
Our training is fully online and is self-paced. It includes 20 hours of course content and ten chapters of research-based readings, case scenarios, multi-media materials, assignments, and quizzes.

How does the online course work?

  • The course is made up of 10 Chapters which you must work through by completing assignments and passing each chapter quiz with at least 80% before the next chapter is released.
  • You will be able to retake each quiz until you achieve a passing score.
  • Upon successful completion of all 10 chapters, the final exam will be released and you will need to score at least an 80% to pass it.
  • Once you have passed the Final Exam and completed a Feedback survey, the certification will be released.

How long does it take to compelte the training?
We estimate that it will take you 20 hours to complete the training.

Is there a time-frame in which I need to complete the training?
After you register, the training will be open to you for one year (calendar year). Even if you complete the course in a short period of time, the course materials will remain open to you for the entire year.

3. Registration

Who can register for this training?
The training non-credit, professional development and is therefore open to the public. Participants do not need to apply to the University, rather they simply have to register and submit their payment.

Who should register for this training?
This course 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. It is specifically designed for a multidisciplinary audience, with content that will inform and advance the knowledge and skills of professionals in many fields.

Do I need to apply to the program?
No, there is no application process to participate in this program. This is a non-credit professional development/continuing education opportunity that is open to the public.

Are there educational requirements or pre-requisites to participate in this training?
While there are no pre-requisites or special degree requirements to participate in this training, please note that the level of instruction is that of an upper-division college course.

How do I register for this training?

PLEASE NOTE: Access to this course is on another website. Your login information and the link to the course will be sent to you 1-2 business days after your payment is confirmed. If you submit your payment on Friday or on the weekend, your login information will be sent to you that following Monday.

4. Where do I Take the Training and When Does it Start?

When are the courses offered?
Registration for the course is rolling and the curriculum is self-paced and fully online. This means participants may begin at any time – after registration and payment has been received.

PLEASE NOTE: Access to this course is on another website. Your login information and the link to the course will be sent to you 1-2 business days after your payment is confirmed. If you submit your payment on Friday or on the weekend, your login information will be sent to you that following Monday.

Where do I access the course?
The training portal is accessed at https://courses.learningforlife.fsu.edu . This is NOT the same place where participants registered. Participants will be able to access and start the training once payment has been submitted and processed and login credentials have been provided.

5. What Credentials can I earn?

Upon successful completion of the course, students are issued a downloadable Certificate of Completion.

Will I receive CEUs for completing this training?
We currently offer CEUs for the professions listed below, practiced in Florida.

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Licensed Social Workers
  • Nurses
  • Dentists
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Lawyers
  • Judges

How many CEUs will I get?
The number of CEUs may differ depending on the profession and approval agency, you can find specific information in CEU tab next to this one.

What if my profession is not listed among the ones that earn CEUs?
We are working on expanding the reach of this training so other professions can also earn CEUs.

How many CEUs will I get if I practice outside of Florida?
Participants outside of Florida must submit to their own licensing board to determine credit awarded.

How do I receive the CEUs once the training is complete?
Once you successfully complete the training, we will provide you with the CE broker # you will need to enter yourself. You will find these codes when you are about to download your professional certification.

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. We currently offer discounts to the following populations:

  • 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 Students – 10%. Must supply:
    • Full name and
    • Date of Birth
  • FSU Faculty & Staff -10%. Must supply:
    • Full name as is found in the Faculty/Staff database
  • Group Discounts also Available

*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 CSW Institute for Family Violence Studies
lbradley2@fsu.edu
(850) 644-1715

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

For Questions about the Professional Certification in Trauma & Resilience Level One

Introductory
Price:

(limited time only)

$349

Regular Price:
$699

Please Note:
Access to the course is not immediate upon payment and is in a different location than where you registered. Course access information and log in credentials will be emailed to you.
“I can’t wait to take the second course. I am the Vice President of Programs at Girls Inc., a youth serving organization, and having taken Level One, I feel incredibly equipped to not only support our girls and families, but (even better!) to also support our staff and ensure that policies are in place to promote resiliency in all.”
- Jamie N. Kattrein

Vice President of Programs, Girl’s Inc. of Sarasota County, FL

“I thought I knew a lot about trauma but I learned so much more from this course! The support staff was extremely helpful and responsive. I also loved that the course had flexibility in the amount of time allowed to complete it, as I have a very demanding job and I was able to complete it without stressing out about time frames.”
- Tamara Jasculca

Licensing Specialist , DCF SunCoast Region, Fort Myers, FL

“Excellent course. It offers an in-depth study of trauma and resilience. I especially appreciated the case studies/scenarios and the wealth of resources and references that were provided. I believe this information will be helpful as I consult and work with clients.”
- Melissa Wood, Ed.S., M.Ed

Title IX Coordinator, Hampden-Sydney College, Virginia

“I loved this course. I found it very beneficial to my daily work as nurse in a hospital system. I feel energized and prepared with knowledge and tools to begin work with the Women & Children’s Division leadership to begin to implement a Trauma Informed approach to Care starting first with a focus on Trauma Awareness. Thank you!”
- Mary O'Connor, MSN, RNC, CSSGB

Manager of Community Outreach and Education , Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, Florida

“I’m a certified special education supervisor. The training helps me lead my department in developing trauma informed IEPs and furthering our goal to provide positive behavior intervention and supports to all students.”
- Megan Hogue, M. Ed.

Pupil Services, Grove City Area School District, Pennsylvania

“The course was awesome! I am a non-profit administrator and attorney working with women, girls, and native Hawaiian females affected by trauma and incarceration. I enrolled my entire team and recommended the course to colleagues. Thank you FSU.”
- Toni Bissen

Executive Director, Pua Foundation, Honolulu, Hawaii

“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

“This course is very much needed for everyone working with people dealing with trauma.”
- Antoine Johnson

Trauma-Informed Care Facilitator, Southern Peaks Residential, Colorado