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Advancement, from page 3
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...informed certificate provides training that many criminal justice professionals did not receive in the past and enables them to pinpoint the trauma that played a role in the offender’s life.

“Trauma is integrated with substance abuse,” she says. “It’s usually at the core. The offenders dealt with some form of trauma.”

Trauma can mean such issues as a child losing a parent, dealing with an incarcerated parent or becoming affiliated with individuals who encourage criminal behavior, she says.

“The root is helping them deal with trauma or a traumatic experience,” she explains. “They can work through it and live a healthy life and be successful and not go back to the criminal justice system.”

The post-baccalaureate certificate program, which offered its first courses in 2016, includes four courses for a total of 12 credits: foundations and impact of trauma; responding to trauma; trauma informed organizations; and trauma interventions and best practices. The courses prove beneficial to professionals in all facets of the criminal justice system – police, courts, corrections, parole and probation, juvenile services and victim services. Workers in victim provider agencies, for instance, benefit from trauma sensitivity training which helps them assist clients who were victims of rape, domestic violence, stalking or abuse, through their legal cases, Stanley explains.

“The other half is the victim who is highly neglected,” Stanley continues. “The trauma certificate helps victim service providers understand the trauma experience that could put victims into a more vulnerable situation and not think clearly, not testify and not give a good statement.”

The trauma-informed certificate trains professionals to help individuals work through trauma to build confidence to become a worthwhile witness. “Otherwise, there’s no real case,” she explains. “The case crumbles if you don’t have evidence and witnesses available. The victim has to step forward.”

Classes in the certificate program, including victimology electives, are open to students in other programs. Students enroll in two classes per semester. Courses are offered during evening hours to accommodate working professionals. •