CGS in Trauma Counseling

School of Psychology & Counseling

The Certificate of Graduate Studies is an online and on-campus professional certificate that will serve as an endorsement to licensure and for counselor continuing education for additional state credentialing requirements. It is not for initial licensure. Candidates must hold a master’s or doctorate in any mental health field and eligibility to pursue licensure in the state where you work.

Through the Trauma Counseling certificate, you will:

  • Understand the symptoms of and treatment strategies for post-traumatic stress disorder, compassion fatigue and vicarious traumatization.
  • Examine treatments and interventions of mental health problems that originate in dysfunctional families and early childhood sexual abuse, as well as the cultural and economic underpinnings of human trafficking.
  • Explore the four phases of emergency management, the eight phases of disaster and key concepts of disaster mental health, including the application of Psychological First Aid. This certificate may help advance your career as a mental health professional by equipping you with specialized counselor training and providing additional state credentialing requirements.

Delivery Format: Online

Total Credit Hours Required: 18

Approved Degree Plan: Click to download PDF

CGS allows students who have earned or who are in the process of earning a 60 credit master’s level degree in counseling to complete additional coursework to pursue career opportunities, state licensure or specialty certification. Courses taken at Regent University while completing an M.A. in Counseling can be counted toward the CGS, but students are not eligible for federal financial aid for course work beyond the 60 credit hours required for the degree.

A student who is not currently enrolled in the School of Psychology & Counseling (SPC) who wishes to complete the CGS must apply as a nondegree student. All courses must be taken at Regent. Courses cannot be transferred into the CGS programs. All requirements for the Certificate must be completed within five years. Students who earn an M.A. in Counseling through the SPC cannot earn a CGS in the same subject as their major.

Application Process:

1. Regent University Online Application
2. Nonrefundable application fee ($50) paid online or by check sent through the mail. 
3. Personal Goals Statement 
4. An official transcript indicating the latest degree conferred. Successful completion of a bachelor's degree is required. Additional transcripts may be requested on a case-by-case basis.
5. Admissions interview (if needed).
6. Current Regent M.A. students applying for admission to a Certificate program must have completed at least one semester of the M.A. program before applying.

A maximum of 12 Regent credits may be allowed toward a degree if a nondegree student later applies for regular degree-seeking status. The applicant must submit the additional material required for degree status. The admissions committee will consider the application in the same way it would a new applicant.

Certificate in Trauma Counseling - $710 per semester hour

Student Fees

Cost Per Semester

Technology Fee               


Parking Fee (on-campus students)


Council of Graduate Students Fee                           
(on-campus students, spring & fall only)


*Rates are subject to change at any time.



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