Trauma Informed Care Certification Series Cohort 5 - Part 3

Nov 22, 2019 08:30am -
Nov 23, 2019 05:00pm

Event Description

Trauma Specialist 3-Part Series Training Certification – A NASW-VA sponsored & recognized certificate training program – A sequel to “The Body Keeps the Score” ©*

Please note that you must attend all 3 parts in a particular Cohort in order to receive certification. You need to commit to attending all 3 dates of Cohort 5 to complete this training.

The CTS is a 42- hour Certificate Training Program developed for master’s level behavioral science practitioners interested in a Virginia NASW Trauma Specialist Certification credential, certifying practitioners as specialists in Trauma Assessment and Trauma-Treatment Focused Intervention in the State of Virginia.

The training offers an overarching and inclusive developmental trauma conceptual framework based on the neurobiology of trauma, significant related attachment concepts and related research and evidence-practice-based intervention strategies designed for effective trauma treatment intervention.

 *It is important to note that Trauma-Informed Care is an organizational paradigm/model with defined organizational policies and responsiveness  based on the recognition of adverse childhood experiences and the impact such experiences have on the emotional functioning and physical health of children, adolescents and adults.  NTSCN principles of Trauma-Informed Care are covered in the training, however, the focus of the Trauma Specialist Certification is providing an expert knowledge base about trauma, the conceptual models of trauma including etiological development, trauma types, trauma assessment and trauma treatment- focused interventions.


Certificate Training Program Overview

In the last 10 years, there has been overwhelming and increasing recognition as well as cutting-edge research in the trauma and attachment literature and in human services practice arenas that help define successful intervention with individuals, families and children who are trauma survivors or are currently in traumatic circumstances. Consistent outcomes of broad-based and smaller subject studies all suggest that trauma intervention requires specialized and nuanced clinical knowledge and training for identification and successful and sustained treatment outcomes.  This 42-hour intensive Certificate Training Program, grounded in the context of the NASW Code of Ethics, is especially designed to address this specialty education requirement for clinical practitioners.

 The program will offer a cumulative and comprehensive approach for an in-depth understanding of trauma, including the neuroscience (biological) perspectives of trauma and trauma-mediated socio-emotional and psychological behavioral responses.  The training will include both didactic and experiential methods and will include case studies and targeted supporting videos to help explicate and support trauma-based concepts   requisite for successful mastery of expertise as a trauma specialist. Participants also will be expected to actively engage in case assessment and practice applications of theory and intervention identifying the basic 12 Core Concepts of Trauma-Informed Care and the Trauma Systems Therapy Intervention model (Saxe, Ellis & Kaplow, 2016). The curriculum will include specialized knowledge for identification of trauma survivor behavioral characteristics (symptoms/sequelae; identification and intervention for DSM-5 indicated types of Posttraumatic responses, and complex trauma presentations including child physical and sexual abuse sequelae and client medication implications for social work practitioners.

 Participants will also be exposed to the impact of historical/generational trauma included in the content covering the impact of adverse childhood experiences that constitute trauma and significantly impact brain development which poses special developmental behavioral challenges for individuals, families and children.

The trauma-specific Certificate Training Program is both intensive and comprehensive and will prepare graduate level behavioral science social work graduates and practitioners with an advanced level of training that meets CSWE practice competency skill sets in trauma intervention with individuals and families. Additionally, the specific intervention strategies from Trauma Systems Therapy that will be offered may also be successfully applied to practice with groups. 

Eligibility Criteria

We believe that the more we provide opportunities for all graduate degreed practitioners to obtain critical information and learn enhanced practice modalities related to accurate assessment and intervention with populations presenting with developmental trauma and traumatic stress, we believe that we shall be honoring the practice standards incorporated in the mission of the National Association of Social Workers and supporting social work competency requirements of the Council on Social Work Education.

Therefore, all graduate level practitioners, without regard for licensure status, are eligible for the NASW-VA Trauma Specialist credential. Such eligibility is operative for (1) LCSW independent practitioners;  (2) MSW practitioners under the supervision of an agency appointed supervisor or an Independent supervisor provided by the employing agency, or (3) an Independent clinical supervisor approved by the Board of Social Work for supervision toward clinical licensure.

**Because the credential is offered as a state of Virginia graduate degree advanced certificate option, BSW degreed social work practitioners are not eligible for certification, but may with permission of NASW-VA and available space enroll in the course for informational purposes only.

Training Schedule

The Trauma Certification Training is scheduled for a fall 2019 series. Planned 2019 series training dates are:

September 20-21, 2019
November 1-2, 2019

November 22-23, 2019


Attendees will earn 42.0 Category I Contact Hours at the end of the series. Attendees must complete ALL 3 trainings in the series to receive a NASW-VA Certificate of Completion for 42 hours of advanced trauma training recognized by the Virginia Chapter of NASW and to be credentialed in Virginia to provide skilled services in trauma assessment and care.

All participants are required to pass a proficiency exam with a 70% pass rate at the end of the second day of each of the 3 modules.  Participants who are unsuccessful on any one of the first two exams are permitted to attend the morning session of the following module, but must retake the exam from the previous module during the lunch period of the current module. Participants who are unsuccessful may not continue the certification training at this point.  Participants who do not receive a passing grade on the 3rd module exam have a final opportunity to complete the certification. These participants may arrange with NASW to re-enroll for the 3rd module of the next scheduled training and re-take the 3rd module exam upon completion of the 3rd module of this training series.

Attendees who attend all 3 trainings in the series will receive a discounted price for the 3rd training. Three hours of the earned CEU’s will be credited as Ethics Training CEUs and may be counted toward the 30 hours of completed ethics training required every 2 years for the purpose of licensure.

To maintain active certification designed to maintain and enhance expertise currency, participants are required to attend a 7 hour training every 2 years for updating of cutting-edge research and to obtain new and latest practice/intervention developments in the specialty field of trauma treatment-focused practice.


*© van der Kolk, B. (2014). The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, mind and body in the healing of trauma. New York: Penguin Books.”


  • Arrival time is 8:00-8:15; Seminar is 8:30-5:00 
  • Due to temperature variations in the training room, we suggest bringing a sweater or shawl or other wrap to ensure your personal comfort.


United Methodist Family Services
3900 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23230


Delores Dungee-Anderson, PhD, LCSW


REGISTRATION FEES - CE certificate emailed after completion of the training

NASW Member    $247.50
Non-Member       $315

*Please note you must register and pay separately for each part in the series. The total registration fee for all 3 parts in the series is $797.50 for NASW members and $1,015 for nonmembers.



If you choose the "Bill Me" option during checkout, please mail payment within 7 days of registering in order to hold your seat. You will receive a confirmation email with your purchase information following checkout; this will serve as your invoice, no other invoices will be provided.

Checks should be made out to NASW Virginia and mailed to:


4860 Cox Road, Suite 200

Glen Allen, VA 23060


If a registrant cancels more than 10 days before the event, a refund will be issued by check or credit back to your credit card, minus a 10% administrative fee.

If cancelation occurs less than 10 days prior to the event, no refund will be issued but you may request a credit towards a future training to be used within 1 year of the cancelation date. Call the Chapter Office (804-204-1339) to cancel within 10 days of the training. A request for credit may be granted at the discretion of the Executive Director in case of a documented emergency.



Individuals who require assistance under the ADA for participation in this training should contact NASW-VA at least 30 days prior to the start of the training.  Please call the Chapter office at 804.204.1339 to discuss your needs or any concerns with a member of the staff.  


Children under the age of 18 are not permitted into any NASWVA sponsored trainings or events, without prior written consent by the chapter. For special situations and/or circumstances, please call or email the chapter office.    

Event Type:Training
Early registration ends on Jul 25, 2019.
Regular registration starts on Jul 26, 2019 and ends on Nov 19, 2019.
Late registration starts on Nov 20, 2019.


Registration Fees
Fee TypeEarlyRegularLate
 Registration Fee
Member Fee: $247.50$247.50$247.50
Non-Member Fee: $315.00$315.00$315.00