This certificate is designed for professionals who would like to broaden and deepen their understanding of the concept of psychological trauma, its history as a field, the impact of trauma on individual and societal well-being, and effective intervention responses. Those working with individuals or groups of children, adolescents, or adults with histories of trauma will find it useful and courses provide students with opportunities to consider the application of trauma studies to their professional work.
Psychology of Trauma in Adulthood: Theory, Intervention, and Cultural and Social Justice Perspectives
The focus of this course is on the biopsychosocial aspects of traumatic stress, including an exploration of the psychological sequelae of various types of trauma (e.g., physical abuse, sexual assault, political trauma) across diverse adult populations. Assessment and clinical and community-based interventions concerning traumatic stress will be discussed with attention to cultural and linguistic diversity. Social justice and human rights in the context of interpersonal and collective violence is also examined.
Psychology of Trauma in Childhood and Adolescence: Theory, Intervention, and Cultural and Social Justice Perspectives
The focus of this course is on the neuro-developmental and psychosocial aspects of traumatic stress, including an exploration of the psychological sequelae of exposure to various types of trauma (e.g., physical abuse, domestic violence, mass disasters) in childhood and adolescence.Assessment and clinical and community-based interventions concerning traumatic stress will be discussed with attention to cultural and linguistic diversity. Social justice and human rights in the context of interpersonal and collective violence is also examined.
Psychological Responses to Humanitarian Crisis
This course develops a critical framework for understanding the psychological and social effects of selected natural and unnatural disasters and current responses to them. Course goals include: the development of a critical understanding of gendered oppression in contexts of war and humanitarian crises; an analysis of selected psychosocial interventions in the context of development and humanitarian aid; a critical analysis of international human rights as potential resources; and, the formulation of programmatic responses for mental health and human rights workers seeking to creatively respond to women and child survivors in collaboration with community-based indigenous workers and advocates
Disaster Mental Health: Community-Based Trauma & Intervention
Disasters are increasing in their prevalence and severity. This seminar will explore the impact of disasters on communities; identify systemic barriers, health inequities, and psychosocial needs that impact disaster responses; explore and practice effective and culturally-responsive ways to intervene with communities post-disaster; and learn about international humanitarian relief efforts.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. A non-refundable application fee of $75 is required, however, this fee is waived for select applicants.
In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience.
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