M.A. in Counseling Psychology, Trauma and Crisis Intervention Concentration in Chicago

Program Description

When individuals experience a catastrophic or traumatic event, they may need professional help and support to receive mental health “first aid” and to establish both short-term and long-term coping skills. 

Students in the Trauma and Crisis Intervention concentration within the M.A. Counseling Psychology program develop knowledge and skills needed to access and treat both the acute and long-term effects of trauma. 

Subjects such as disaster response, psychological first aid, and evidence-based treatment models are examined and students explore perspectives on the causes and prevention of trauma as it applies to the individual, family, local, national, and international community. The role of power and oppression in the experience of trauma within family, socio-political, and ethno-cultural systems is also addressed. 

Graduates develop the confidence and necessary skills to work with trauma-related populations.


Clinical Counseling



Chicago program prepares graduates to sit for professional counselor licensure in Illinois (LPC and LCPC) and other states

Total Credits


Fieldwork Requirements

• Year 2: 700-hour (minimum) placement experience
• Chicago: sites meet Licensed Supervisor standards

Program Time to Completion

2 years full time, 3 years part-time
  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • A course in Psychology, with a grade earned of C or better
  • A course in Statistics or Research Methods, with a grade earned of C or better
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Admission Requirements

GRE Requirements