The online M.A. International Psychology program prepares students to use the theory and practice of psychology to provide services to individuals and groups working in international settings or those whose work involves addressing international issues. Students will learn to apply both Western and non-Western theoretical concepts to the development of effective global practices and the interpretation and management of behaviors across diverse cultures. Graduates are prepared to excel as leaders sensitive to cultural differences and prepared to promote social justice in an increasingly globalized world.
As the first graduate school in the nation to develop a Ph.D. in International Psychology, The Chicago School is uniquely qualified to offer this program, which has been designed for working adults embarking on a career in international psychology or those working in the international arena who want to make a difference in the fields of mental health, human capacity building, organizational development or environmental advocacy. A flexible and convenient online delivery model enables students to take courses from home, while hands-on training opportunities reinforce concepts learned in the virtual classroom.
Students will benefit from a choice of three unique concentration areas including Trauma and Group Conflict, Management and Leadership, or Environmental Advocacy. In addition, students will be required to participate in at least one international field experience (9 days or more) to gain further understanding of complex socio-cultural, political, and economic global structures.
The online M.A. in International Psychology program does not lead to licensure or certification.
36; 27 core course credits, including a capstone project, and 9 concentration course credits.
One required international field experience (minimum of 9 days) as part of the capstone course.
Program Time to Completion
2 years full-time
Global Mental Health and Human Rights
This course explores the process of economic and technological globalization and their impact to mental health access with considerable emphasis on human rights conventions. Students will understand the global needs of vulnerable, marginalized and underserved populations in order to appropriately develop social justice and advocacy abilities. Discussion of real case studies will assist students in the process of building intervention models formed by universal human rights declarations.
International Psychology and Diversity
The course will study the social construction of psychology through macro and micro cultural lens that informs the interface of systemic power and privilege influence on diverse populations experiencing oppression and repression. Personal assumptions, emotional, and cultural competence will be explored in depth to challenge and develop enhanced skills of self-awareness, self-regulation and empathy. Diversity will be examined through dominant systems that create inequalities related to gender, race, sexual identity, religion, physical and mental disability and related stigmatization.
Crisis Response – Trauma and Crisis Intervention
This course explores relevant theories in current evidence-based research, Western and non-Western practices related to the contribution of various types of trauma originated by man-made and environmental causes. Particular consideration will be paid to the multiple forms of trauma and crisis commonly identified in vulnerable, underserved and at risk populations. Throughout the course work, students will develop a substantial understanding of how trauma and psychopathologies are socially and culturally constructed in diverse cultures exploring unique aspects of working with individuals and proposing ethical and culturally competent interventions to assist populations that have experienced trauma around the world.
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