Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the certificate program will be able to:

  • describe adverse childhood experiences and the influence they have on physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual outcomes in childhood and adulthood;
  • identify their own trauma, if any, and learn how to process it to become healthier and more resilient in their own lives;
  • describe resiliency, its dynamics, and ways to strengthen resiliency;
  • analyze strategies to decrease or eliminate trauma in society including learning how to create trauma-informed organizations; and
  • describe the impact of ACEs on communities and formulate strategies to prevent ACEs in communities and their field of practice.

The undergraduate Certificate in Resilience and Trauma-Informed Perspectives requires 18 s.h. of coursework. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in work for the certificate.

The certificate may be earned by any student admitted to the University of Iowa who is not concurrently enrolled in a UI graduate or professional degree program.

The Certificate in Resilience and Trauma-Informed Perspectives requires the following coursework; courses taught online are indicated below.

Required Courses

Both of these:
SSW:3700/PSQF:3700Introduction to Understanding Trauma and Resilience3
RCE:4173Trauma Across the Lifespan (online)3


At least 12 s.h. from these:
SSW:3786/ASP:3786Death/Dying: Issues Across the Life Span3-4
SSW:3797Child Welfare Policy and Practice (online and on campus)3
SSW:5200Grief Work with Individuals and Families (when topic is trauma-informed family practice)2-3
ANTH:2164/GHS:2164Culture and Healing for Future Health Professionals3
CCCC:2220Foundations of Critical Cultural Competence3
CSI:1490Flip the Script1
ENGL:1200The Interpretation of Literature (when topic is identity, trauma, and resiliency)3
ENGL:3444Literatures of the American Peoples (when topic is writing trauma, imaging hope)3
OEH:4510/CPH:4230/EPID:4510Injury and Violence Prevention3
PSQF:1027Mindfulness Foundations in the Helping Professions3
PSY:2701Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience4
PSY:3330Childhood Psychopathology3
RHET:2350Forensic Rhetoric (when topic is memory, storytelling, and archives)3
THTR:2120Movement: Special Topics (when topic is vinyasa yoga)3
Independent study in the Rape Victim Advocacy Training Program (consult certificate coordinator)
Additional related courses (consult certificate coordinator for approval)
May include one of these:
SSW:3729Substance Use and Abuse (online and on campus)2-3
RCE:4185Introduction to Substance Abuse (online)3
May include one of these:
SSW:3796Family Violence (on campus)2-3
SSW:3799Selected Aspects of Social Work and Social Welfare (Des Moines campus)arr.