M.A. in Counseling Psychology, Trauma and Crisis Intervention Concentration in Chicago
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.
Chicago program prepares graduates to sit for professional counselor licensure in Illinois (LPC and LCPC) and other states
• 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
Dr. Breeda McGrath
“A parent who is dealing with job loss may be using all of his cognitive resources just to cope, and has very little left over for the kids. And while kids don’t understand all of it, they...feel a sense of loss.”-Dr. Breeda McGrath, Chair, Online International Psychology Program
Dr. Hector Torres
“Latino immigrants are disproportionately affected by mental health issues and yet it can be difficult for them to receive the help they need.” - Dr. Hector Torres, Assistant Professor, Clinical Counseling; Coordinator, Center for Latino Mental Health
“In Student Affairs, we understand that diverse learning environments are strongly tied to positive student outcomes, namely persistence and success. At TCSPP, the Division of Student Affairs is committed to supporting our institutional commitment to diversity through including on our team individuals who bring diversity – professional and personal – to the table. Our efforts to be inclusive have led to the creation of a strong, multifaceted team that we know impacts the student experience at our institution.” -Jennifer Stripe-Portillo, Vice President, Student Affairs