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Bay Path University to Offer Trauma-informed Professional Practices Certificate

LONGMEADOW — Bay Path University is offering a certificate in trauma-informed professional practices designed for educators and professionals who work in education-related environments to support and meet the needs of children and adolescents who have experienced adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and trauma.

“We are excited to offer this training for professionals looking to expand their knowledge of trauma-informed practices,” said Ellen Rustico, assistant dean of Education & Licensure Programs. “In addition to the new tools and knowledge that can immediately be put to use, teachers and professionals are earning credentials that demonstrate their commitment to building resilience in children, classrooms, families, and communities.”

The certificate will be opened for enrollment for the fall of 2024. The 15-credit program is spread over five courses, and students can earn the certificate in less than a year, fully online. Teachers who complete the certificate program can also apply the courses and credits to Bay Path’s MS in clinical mental health counseling, MS in applied behavioral analysis, and MS in education.

The certificate in trauma-informed professional practices covers many areas, including a general understanding of the key concepts, theories, and models of trauma and crisis intervention; the connection between traumatic experiences and several behavioral, cognitive, and emotional consequences that professionals see in a school setting; how to respond to and assess trauma; exploration of the neurobiology of trauma and how adverse experiences can impact the brain and body; strategies to work with other professionals to help children and adolescents cope with trauma; developing a structured plan that is tailored to the needs of children and adolescents; as well as other key topics that will help professionals respond to and support children and adolescents undergoing trauma.

The certificate in trauma-informed professional practices can also be customized to fit the needs of a school or specific setting for teachers, paraprofessionals, and support staff from all educational backgrounds with a common mission of helping children and adolescents experiencing trauma. The training can be offered online, in person, or hybrid. For more information on the customization option, email Bay Path’s Office of Partnerships at partnerships@baypath.edu.