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International Psychology

Crisis-Informed Care for a Diverse, Globalized World Certificate

  • Online

Natural and human-caused crises and disasters have become more frequent and severe worldwide. As a result, there is a compelling need now and for the foreseeable future for innovative humanitarian responses to the psychosocial trauma caused by crises and disasters. Those who seek to provide trauma-informed care must be both technically and culturally competent.  Such […]

Natural and human-caused crises and disasters have become more frequent and severe worldwide. As a result, there is a compelling need now and for the foreseeable future for innovative humanitarian responses to the psychosocial trauma caused by crises and disasters.

Those who seek to provide trauma-informed care must be both technically and culturally competent.  Such competencies are essential to successfully navigating diverse cultures, economic, educational, and political systems, national historical narratives, religions, and even geographic zones.

This certificate program is a three-course sequence at the Master’s level for students and professionals, in the U.S. and abroad, who seek to acquire or further develop the basic attitudes, knowledge, and skills essential to address crises and disasters that traumatize vulnerable populations.

The certificate is particularly beneficial for mental health professionals, school teachers, and school administrators.

Examples of specific jobs that mental health professionals would be eligible for upon completing the certificate include:

  • Assessment and referral specialist
  • Crisis prevention and intervention specialist
  • Domestic violence and sexual assault program coordinator
  • Emergency mental health clinician
  • Rehabilitation counselor
  • Refugee social service specialist
  • Specialist trauma therapist
  • Victim advocate

Some examples of specific positions that school districts currently hire for, and for which school teachers and administrators who complete the certificate would be eligible, include:

  • Crisis worker
  • Crisis-intervention team leader
  • Director of crisis intervention
  • Community outreach counselor
  • Prevention and intervention specialist

All students will be eligible to apply to our M.A. International Psychology Program and apply for transfer credit, provided that admissions criteria are met. This certificate will also serve as a pipeline for the M.A. and Ph.D. programs in International Psychology.

Crisis-Informed Care for a Diverse, Globalized World Certificate: Online Student Experience

Through the convenience of The Chicago School’s online programs, your life remains intact. Our online Global Student Dashboard is where you will find all of the components to successfully complete your program. There, you’ll find your coursework and assignments, interact with fellow students, and ask questions from your instructor.

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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 sociocultural, 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.

Community Resilience and Healing

This course emphasizes the participatory action model of assessing and developing strength-based intervention approaches focused on resilience and theoretically derived constructs of hope. Students will examine pre-disaster functioning for various communities surviving human-made and natural disasters and will evaluate successful collaborative humanitarian efforts in the context of recent global events. Indigenous and non-Western practices, which traditionally support successful healing, will be processed, reviewed, and integrated with Western concepts of care.

Crisis Response – Trauma and Crisis Intervention (3 credits)

This course explores relevant theories in current evidence-based research, Western, and non-Western practices related to the contribution of various types of trauma originating in human and environmental causes. Particular consideration will be paid to the multiple forms of trauma and crises commonly identified in vulnerable, underserved, and at-risk populations. Throughout the course, 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 communities and proposing ethical and culturally competent interventions to assist populations that have experienced trauma around the world.

Application to The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Crisis-Informed Care certificate is open to any person who has earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants will be judged on their overall ability to successfully complete graduate work. Factors and materials to be considered for admission include:

  • Application Fee: $50
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Graduate GPA 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Official College/University Transcripts
  • Work experience recommended
  • Personal Statement/Essay
    • How will your personal and professional accomplishments, academic background, and experience to date contribute to your success in the Crisis-Informed Care for a Diverse, Globalized World Certificate?
    • How will the successful completion of the Crisis-Informed Care for a Diverse, Globalized World Certificate support your professional career goals?

The Chicago School is dedicated to keeping our professional degree programs accessible to anyone regardless of financial status. In addition to the scholarships that may be available, our Financial Aid Department will help provide you with information to determine what financial arrangements are right for you.

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