Certificate in Traumatic Stress Aide

This program provides an educational foundation for students and professionals working in the field of trauma treatment, counseling and social work. The program focuses on post-traumatic stress disorder, including its diagnosis and treatment; on crisis intervention, coping strategies and client stabilization; and on compassion fatigue, the user friendly term for secondary stress disorder, often experienced by crisis workers or witnesses of a traumatic event. Courses noted with an asterisk (*) are eligible for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) awarded through the New Mexico Counseling and Therapy Practice Board.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Identify the diagnostic criteria for PTSD.
  • Apply the ABC model of crisis intervention.
  • Describe effective community disaster interventions.
  • Identify prevention strategies for compassion fatigue.
  • Synthesize the process of debriefing emergency workers.

Class Requirements


HUSV 280         Compassion Fatigue and Secondary Stress Disorder (3)

HUSV 285         Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Diagnosis and Treatment (3)

HUSV 290         Crisis Intervention, Coping Strategies and Stabilization of Clients (3)


Choose two from the following:

HUSV 111        Human Services Professions (3)

HUSV 130        Group Process and Counseling (3)

HUSV 170        Loss, Bereavement and Recovery (3)

HUSV 200        Psychology of Addictive Behavior (3)*

HUSV 205        Effects of Drug Abuse (3)*

HUSV 210        Substance Abuse: Assessment, Evaluation and Treatment (3)*

HUSV 215        Families and Substance Abuse (3)*

HUSV 270        Case Management (3)

HUSV 298        Human Services Internship (4)

INTR 231          American Deaf Community (3)

PSYC 125         Introduction to Counseling
Professions (3)

PSYC 130         Applied Health Psychology (3)

PSYC 240         Abnormal Psychology (3)


NOTE: See First-Year Student Success Course Requirement on Page 8.