Nirantar: Continuing Education Programmes (CEP) Admissions

Certification in Trauma Informed Care

Location: Mumbai

School: School of Human Ecology

Centre: Centre for Human Ecology

Intake: 30



Eligibility for the Course


For the Certification in Trauma Informed Care direct applications will be sought from:

a) Students who have completed a Master’s Degree in Psychology/ Social Work/ Social Sciences/ Health Sciences, from a recognized University, OR

b) Professionals working in the area of mental health (Psychiatry, Social work, mental health nursing, mental health education) with a minimum of 1 year of experience, OR

c) Medical professionals (including nursing professionals) involved in direct interaction with patients, OR

d) MBBS graduates/ final year students,



Important Dates:

Last Date for Receiving Applications: To be Announced
Announcement of Shortlisted Candidates for Interview: To be Announced
Announcement of List of Selected Candidates: To be Announced
Last Date to make fee payment for Semester I To be Announced
Announcement of Admission for Candidates on Waiting List

To be Announced

Last Date to make fee payment for Semester I for Waiting List Candidates:

To be Announced

Commencement of Course:

To be Announced




Course Overview

The present curriculum for the ‘Certification in Trauma Informed Care is based on the needs of medical professionals, counsellors, social workers, and first responders working with trauma across age groups. The curriculum rests on ethical, practice, and research guidelines on trauma-informed counseling and interventions. The curriculum covers a scientific understanding of trauma which is critical to conceptualizing the trauma lens as also ethical aspects of trauma-informed care. The course is designed for the purpose of upskilling clinicians in a trauma-informed manner of working with individuals and organizations suited to their own context.


The course is a 6 months certification course with completely online pedagogy and maps out to approximately 20 weeks of classes and contact hours.


Transaction of Course

This is a part time course for professionals. Classes and contact hours are designed in a way to minimize conflict with practice hours. There will be 6-8 hours per week of classes/ contact hours in a staggered manner. Classes may be conducted during early mornings, late afternoons and evenings on weekdays. Occasionally some contact hours may be transacted during the weekends. The course will be transacted via online mode. Learners need to ensure internet connectivity as one of the basic requisites for successful transaction of the course.
The course will be taught by the anchors (Faculty from SHE), and nationally and internationally acclaimed guest faculty. Clinical supervisors for the course are trained, trauma therapists.

The course combines critical elements of trauma-informed approaches to counselling and is designed in a manner to be trauma-informed for all clinicians in practice.

Some highlights of the course:

20 Credits (as per UGC guidelines), online and/or blended.

6-Months/20 Weeks 

6 Modules, spanning theory and practicum

2 intensive modules on trauma-informed counselling skills

60 hours of supervision

Self Care and Innovations in Trauma Informed Pedagogy for Learners





Distribution of Credit Hours:


Course Structure

The detailed course structure will be available at the time of admission into the course.

Certification in ‘Trauma Informed Care’

20 credits

Module 1 Foundations of Trauma Informed Care 4 credits
Module 2  Trauma-Informed Counselling I: Principles and Skills  4 credits
Module 3  Trauma-Informed Counselling II: Advanced Skills 4 credits 
Module 4  Trauma-Informed Care for Special Groups 2 credits 
Module 5 Applications in Trauma Informed Care I: Practicum and Supervision   4 credits 
Module 6  Applications in Trauma Informed Care II: Case Presentations 2 credits 

Course Objectives:

The objectives of the Certification course in Trauma Informed Care are:

1.To develop a comprehensive perspective and sensitivity to the etiology of trauma in various presentations of trauma-related symptoms and narratives

2.To develop an intersectional lens of how social identities influence the development of trauma and resilience.

3.To be informed by a strong base of neurobiology of trauma.

4.To be able to conduct assessment of trauma in an ethical and sensitive manner for treatment planning.

5.To practice evidence-based trauma informed interventions in an ethical manner as per trauma-informed guidelines.

6.To develop competence in handling difficult clinical situations including handling of risk, grief and ambivalence, in a trauma-informed manner.

7.To develop an acute understanding of self as a clinician and thereby recognize the importance of supervision in the clinician’s growth.


Mode of Application: Fill up and attach the following documents via the Online Application Form:

1.Statement of Purpose: Tell us your suitability regarding the course objectives describing your motivation to pursue this course on Trauma Informed Care. Describe your prior exposure to psychotherapy training and your professional experience this far. Describe and reflect upon your practice space and yourself as a clinician, especially in the context of the pandemic.

2.Recommendation Letters: Provide 2 letters of recommendation from a past faculty and current/ past Clinical Supervisor/ Teacher.

Only completed applications will be accepted for review. Only shortlisted candidates will be intimated for a telephonic/ video interview

Decision regarding selection of candidates rests on the course designers and organizers.

Intake: 30 (Including GoI reservation)

(Please note that the course will be offered if there are a minimum of 8-10 students)



Fee Structure:




Fees for Semester I

(in INR)

1 Tuition Fees 30,000/-
2 Identity Card 300/-
3 Development Charges 2,500/-
4 Computer fees 1000/-
5 Library Deposit 1000/-
6 Caution Deposit 5000/-
7 Supervision Fees 5000/-
8 Examination Fees 2000/-
9 Convocation Fee 2000/-
10 Total 48,800/-

Note: Caution Deposit and Library Deposit will be returned to the student on completion of the Course). Fees are payable at one-go.

The course is a Self-Financed course. Few scholarships may be available based on financial need and merit of candidate(s). 1 scholarship for every 10 fully paid seats may be available.


 Accommodation and Hostel

Not applicable for pandemic batches. Selected candidates will be assisted to find accommodation close to the Institute. There is no possibility of hostel facilities. No travel allowances are applicable.



1. How long is the course for? Can I attend from my current location?

   The course is for 6 months, spanning across 20 weeks of classes/ contact hours. Since it is blended/ online modality, learners can attend it from their current location

2. How many hours of classes do I need to attend every week?

Approximately 8-10 hours of classes per week

3. What will be the timings of the classes?

Class timings are scheduled to minimize conflict with practice hours of practicing professionals, who are learners of the course. However, from our experience, early evening hours work best for most practitioners on weekdays (6 - 8 pm IST).

4. Other than classes, how much more time do I need to spend for completing course requirements?

There are designated self-study and self-reflective units to be completed. This is aside the didactic and supervision hours.

5. How will I be evaluated?

There will be assignment submissions and other activities that will be required for evaluation purposes. Additionally, end semester examination will be conducted online.

6. Does the course involve any real-life interviewing or role plays?

The course is designed to provide the learners with enough practicum experience that helps in the transfer of learning to their practice space.

7. Will I be able to discuss clients from my current practice space?

Learners are encouraged to bring case discussions from their current practice space for supervision. Ethical practices surrounding confidentiality and consent of clients must be adhered to.

8. Will I get a course completion certificate?

Upon successful completion of the course, learners will get a certificate “Certification in Trauma Informed Care”, anchored by Nirantar, TISS

9. What if I discontinue due to personal reasons? Will I get a refund of my money?

Learners may request for deferment to a later cohort in case of personal exigencies and unavoidable circumstances. However, such requests must be validated with appropriate documentation. Fees once paid cannot be refunded.

10. How will Field Work be transacted if Covid -19 norms do not allow traveling to Mumbai?

Cases from the learners’ own practice space in the form of session recordings and/ or transcripts may be utilized. However, strict ethical practices surrounding confidentiality and consent of clients must be adhered to. Learners are also encouraged to volunteer in organizations at their locations, to allow maximum immersion in fieldwork experience.

11. Can I take the course completely online?

Yes, the course is designed to be conducted completely online.

12. Can I avail Scholarships?

This is a self-financed course. However, there are a limited number of scholarships available based on the financial needs and merit of the candidates. The decision of the course anchors will be final in such cases.

13. I don’t have a background in formal Psychology training. Am I still eligible for the course?

Please check the eligibility criteria for minimum qualifications and professional experience before you apply.

14. I have a B.A./ M.A. in Literature/ B.Tech/ M.Tech. Am I eligible for the course?
 Minimum eligibility criteria holds. Applicants also need to be active practitioners in the field of psychotherapy.


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                                                 Anchored by:

       Sukanya Ray                                                                              Chetna Duggal

 Assistant Professor                                                                     Associate Professor

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