Online Ph.D. in International Psychology, Trauma Services Concentration

Program Description

The online Trauma Services concentration within The Chicago School's International Psychology Ph.D. program teaches students the skills and understanding necessary to assist individuals and organizations in developing prevention and preparedness training, and facilitating culturally intelligent programs to address mental health issues related to traumatic experience in a variety of contexts.

Students in our online Ph.D. in International Psychology, Trauma Services Concentration program complete the required international field experiences and learn first-hand the unique challenges confronting international psychologists and are to apply theory into practice in a global context. 

The Chicago School offers an impressive range of international locations—rarely offered in graduate school settings—to enhance their course work with real-world applications. One of the many opportunities is through the Global HOPE Training Initiative—which trains local Rwandan and Zambian teachers and orphanage workers on how to care for children who have experienced trauma in those countries. The tremendous opportunity to study abroad gives students the multicultural sophistication and competence they will need for success.

The online model accommodates faculty who are uniquely suited to teach an international curriculum. With more than 25 faculty members from across the globe, The Chicago School is committed to maintaining among its faculty diverse and distinguished practitioners in the field. The online program promotes a supportive and mentoring network of faculty and students. 

Students in our online Ph.D. in International Psychology program progress through the program in a "cohort" fashion (i.e., with the same group of fellow students in each of their classes for the duration of the program). Two nine-day international field experiences (one in year 2 and another in year 3) provide students with valuable real-world experiences. Students also participate in two weekday residencies that focus on research and dissertation preparation.


International Psychology




Total Credits


Fieldwork Requirements

Two required international field experiences (minimum of 9 days) - one field experience in year two and another in year three

Program Time to Completion

3 years
  • Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution in Psychology or related fields such as Pastoral Counseling, Social Work, Psychiatric Nursing, or Marriage and Family Therapy.
  • At least one course of each is required in:
    • Graduate Statistics
    • Graduate Abnormal Psychology/Psychopathology
    • Graduate Trauma/Crisis Intervention
  • Three or more years of work experience is preferred
Admission Requirements

GRE Requirements


Sample Courses

Self-Care Strategies in Humanitarian Efforts

Examines the self-care strategies and issues that inform the processes of maintaining one's psychological well-being while working in traumatic settings or on missions. Topics include a variety of self-care strategies, preparation strategies, aftermath strategies, and incorporating lessons learned for future missions.

Assessment of Psychosocial and Mental Health Reactions to Traumatic Stress

Focuses on the various methods used to conduct psychological mental health assessments. Topics include assessing physical and psychological stress, psychopathology, isolation, and physical and social functioning.

Mental Health Interventions

Examines the principle intervention strategies likely to be used in an international trauma setting. Topics include evidence-based systems, the effects of local context, coping strategies, and strategies for those with medically unexplained somatic pain.

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