UVM's Certificate of Graduate Study in Resiliency-Based Approaches (CGS RBA) prepares educators and health/human service professionals to address the complex challenges associated with trauma and adversity using restorative, strength-based, and collaborative approaches that build resilience, so that children, youth, and families can thrive and learn within and beyond school borders.
Our program addresses the growing need to improve workforce capacity for professionals who can successfully implement resiliency building strategies addressing the heightened incidence of trauma and adverse childhood experiences.
Students in the program gain a deep socio-ecological understanding of the structural solutions inherent in equity, culturally sustaining partnerships, and resilience; the impact of trauma and adversity; and a toolbox of skills for fostering resilience through building and restoring relationships with families, schools, and communities.
Along with core coursework, you can specialize in either of two pathways:
- Trauma-responsive and Restorative Practices (TRP)
- Family-school-community partnerships and interprofessional collaboration (FSC)
All coursework is online, though some electives may be met with on campus courses.
The CGS can stand alone as a defined certificate of graduate study or can stack into our master’s degree programs in Counseling, Curriculum & Instruction, Educational Leadership, Social Work, and Special Education, or our doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. To be a stackable credential, students must apply and be accepted into the CGS before the last 9 credits are taken. Students then apply to an appropriate master’s or doctoral program to use the CGS credits towards that degree.
Program of Study (Coursework)
To earn the certificate of graduate study, students must complete 15 credits including 6 credits of foundational courses, 6 credits of applied courses in a specialization pathway, and a 3 credit of capstone course. Students choose one of the following specialization pathways: Trauma-responsive and Restorative Practices (TRP) or Family-school-community and Interprofessional Collaboration (FSC). The capstone will apply skills and learning from earlier coursework.
See course options, core faculty, and how to apply by opening the accordions below.