Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, International Psychology & Human Rights Area of Study in Chicago

Area of Study Description

The International Psychology and Human Rights Area of Study within the Clinical Psy.D. program introduces students to the emerging field of international psychology with a particular focus on human rights issues. 

Using an interdisciplinary and global perspective, students will be introduced to sociocultural, political, and human rights issues of concern domestically and internationally.

Students will become familiar with the literature and empirical research in clinical responsiveness related to psychological and spiritual issues of concern to domestic international populations, refugees and internationally displaced persons, and clinical issues in international relief/crisis work. Historically, the field of psychology has neglected to center human rights and justice as essential to individual and community health. 

This area of study seeks to fill this void by providing students background and clinical training to understand and respond to issues such as gender and human rights, refugee trauma, domestic and international terrorism, and genocide among others.

Admission into the Chicago Campus’ Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program.

GRE Requirements

Sample Courses

Psychosocial Considerations of Domestic and International Terrorism

Acts of war and terrorism are unparalleled in their deleterious effects on community wellness and psychological stability. War and terror are substantial public health issues with significant health consequences of which mental health issues are a principal component. Psychologists must be prepared to understand and meet the needs of populations with acute and chronic exposure to terror and conflict. This course explores the psychological and social consequences of war and terrorism, including state-sanctioned terror with an emphasis on individual, familial, and community coping, resilience, and rebuilding.

Psychosocial Perspectives of Genocide, Democide, and Politicide

Explores the theory, history, and psychosocial consequences of genocide, democide, politicide, and mass violence. The course further assesses the conditions for, and limitations to, achieving justice in domestic politics and international affairs with a particular emphasis on critical exploration of the role of U.S. and international peace keeping organizations (e.g. United Nations). Utilizing historic and current cases from countries in numerous world regions, students will become familiar with relevant psychological and social methods of prevention and intervention with the myriad psychosocial sequelae following mass violence and trauma.

Gender and Global Human Rights

Examines gender and human rights within the context of the international human rights system and in the context of global feminist, civil, liberation, and human rights movements. This course will provide a foundation for understanding the human rights system and examine how gendered human rights violations, particularly those against women around the world, impede the actualization of human rights, justice, and wellness for all. The interdependency of political, civil, social, economic, and cultural systems will be utilized in understanding issues of gender justice and human rights in general. The course will focus on several thematic issues such as domestic violence, trafficking, genocide and gender, and genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) by utilizing a number of historical and current cases from countries in numerous world regions.

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