Online M.A. in International Psychology, Trauma and Group Conflict Concentration
In the Trauma and Group Conflict Concentration of the M.A. in International Psychology online program, students will advance their knowledge about acculturation and immigration processes including refugee status.
Particular consideration will be given to the multiple forms of trauma originated by man-made and environmental causes, and crisis commonly identified in vulnerable, underserved and at risk populations. Furthermore, students will be able to understand the complex concepts of resilience and healing in multicultural, cross-cultural and indigenous communities.
This concentration will prepare students to work in both domestic and international settings with governmental and non- governmental organizations such as Peace Corps and Red Cross and be involved in the development and implementation of interventions promoting social justice and dedicated to humanitarian aid and human rights initiatives.
Program Time to Completion
2 years full-time
- Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
- A course in Psychology, with a grade earned of C or better
Process of Acculturation, Immigration and Refugee Status
This course examines the process of acculturation, assimilation and adaptation required by the current global state of voluntary and involuntary migration, immigration, refugee and asylum seeking status. Influences of socio‐cultural, psychological and self‐identity models will be used to inform culturally appropriate interventions and supportive systemic and organizational development. The importance of assessment and exploration of the role of resilience for a variety of health and mental health outcomes will be critically examined.
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.
Building Community Resilience and Healing
This course emphasizes the participatory action model of assessing and developing strengths based intervention approaches focused on resilience and theoretical constructs of hope. Students will examine pre‐disaster functioning for general communities surviving man‐made and natural disasters and will evaluate successful collaborative humanitarian efforts in the context of the most recent global events. Indigenous and non‐Western practices which traditionally support successful healing will be processed, reviewed and integrated with Western concepts of care.
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Making a Difference Around the Globe
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