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Department of Counseling and School Psychology

Department of Counseling and School Psychology

Counseling and Trauma-informed Care
for a Multicultural Society

Graduate Certificate
in Mental Health Recovery & Trauma-informed Care

The Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Recovery and Trauma-Informed Care certificate program consists of the first 12 units of the M.A. in Education (Counseling) program. This 12-unit certificate program is designed specifically to educate professionals in contemporary mental health practices centered on restorative justice practices, mental health recovery and trauma-informed practices in schools, social agencies, and the community. The certificate is designed to support students in learning trauma-informed treatment models for ethnically and linguistically diverse contexts and for working with adults and children impacted by familial and environmental trauma. The Graduate Certificate program is situated in recovery-oriented and strengths-based approaches that emphasize the role of trauma-informed treatment models in understanding the causes of mental health concerns and trauma responses.

Grad Cap

Master of Arts
Education with concentration in Counseling

The 30-unit hybrid/online M.A. Education with Concentration in Counseling Program is suitable for people who are interested in initiating or advancing their career in a helping profession, whether through the context of a community agency, the school system, or the university/college system, and are not interested in a state-licensure track (MFT, MSW, LPCC, etc.). Students will be exposed to counseling skills within a social constructionist framework, and engage with material regarding restorative justice practices, trauma-informed care and recovery-oriented processes.

Applications will re-open each October.
All deadlines will be updated on our website after the current application cycle.

Please visit SDSU Graduate Admissions to review university requirements.

Time Commitment

Time Commitment

  • Online Certificate in Trauma informed Care (12 unit) full-time, 12 weeks - online.
  • Master of Arts Education (Counseling) (30 unit) full-time, 12 months - online.
Affordability coin


  • Certificate in Mental Health Recovery & Trauma-informed Care costs approximately $6,000.*
  • Master of Arts Education (Counseling) (30 unit) cost approximately $15,000.*
Accelerated Program

Accelerated Program

  • The Certificate program and the Online MA program are designed to be completed at an accelerated pace, and require intensity of focus.
  • Both programs are also flexible in that it is easily accessable anywhere online to be completed on your own time within the structured timeline of the classes. 
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  • All 12 units of the certificate courses transfer to the Master of Arts Education (Counseling) Degree.
*Unit prices are subject to change.
** All courses are eligible for Financial Aid. Contact the Financial Aid Office and speak to a financial aid officer familiar with loans for special programs.

Our Core Emphases 

Core Big Five 1
Provide a culturally infused curriculum focused on socially responsible and resiliency-based perspectives that promote diversity education and social justice.
Core Big Five 2
Implement culturally responsive trauma-oriented practices with diverse families, schools, and communities by which students consider complex problem situations that do not pathologize individuals and families.
Core Big Five 2
Apply innovative restorative practices in homes, schools and communities as alternatives to traditional discipline and retributive punishment.
Core Big Five 2
Employ contemporary technology to deliver high quality online accelerated learning for counseling and counseling related fields to students and professionals working full time and who wish to continue their education and advance their career.