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M.A. in International Psychology

Trauma and Group Conflict Concentration

  • Online
  • Full-Time
  • 2 Years Full-Time

Through the Chicago School’s M.A. in International Psychology, Trauma and Group Conflict Concentration online program students will become leaders in the fields of international trauma, social justice, and human rights. Students enrolled in The Chicago School’s online programs will enjoy a transformative educational experience with the flexibility of a program that does not have to […]

Through the Chicago School’s M.A. in International Psychology, Trauma and Group Conflict Concentration online program students will become leaders in the fields of international trauma, social justice, and human rights.

Students enrolled in The Chicago School’s online programs will enjoy a transformative educational experience with the flexibility of a program that does not have to interfere with their other commitments.

Guided by practitioner faculty, students will cover a wide range of topics, including:

  • Trauma (man-made & environmental)
  • Crisis identification
  • Immigration
  • Refugee status
  • Acculturation
  • Resilience and healing

Graduates from the M.A. in International Psychology program are prepared to apply their highly sought-after skills to a wide range of international occupations, including:

  • Non-governmental organizations
  • The United Nations (UN) programs
  • The World Health Organization (WHO)
  • The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)
  • Multinational organizations
  • Humanitarian aid
  • Peace Corporation
  • Red Cross

M.A. in International Psychology: 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 are 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 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.

This program requires a capstone project and field experience that is a collaborative, participatory action project with an identified local community service agency who engages in delivery of services supporting a social justice/human rights on an international or global scale. Agencies will specifically address underserved, marginalized, and vulnerable populations. The project will take place across three courses to identify, develop, and interact on a community service level offering an intervention strategy or policy development/recommendation specifically benefiting the agency. The supporting literature will be identified through international peer reviewed journals to support best practices and evidence-based strategies grounded in an existing theoretical or conceptual framework that is specific to the area of concentration.

Additionally, this capstone project and field experience forms the summative assessment of the program, and is designed to satisfy the requirements of the competencies of the M.A. International Psychology program for a culminating experience.

This sequence outlines the integration of the curriculum with the capstone project and field experience to facilitate the smooth navigation of the student through the program.

The M.A. International Psychology will culminate in a field experience course. Students will engage in one required, minimum nine-day, international field experience in order to have a more complex understanding of socio-cultural, historical, political, economic issues affecting dynamics of people, organizations, and environment. The goal is to facilitate the development of culturally sensitive abilities to interact and establish respectful and ethical relations with global populations, considering the impact of own culture on global cultures, and analyze cross-cultural theories and research to design interventions. Field experience project course will require the integration and synthesis of knowledge necessary to evaluate and evidence mastery competence in the field of international psychology.

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Application to The Chicago School School of Professional Psychology’s M.A. International Psychology program is open to any person who has earned a bachelor degree from a regionally accredited institution and who meets other entrance requirements. Students applying to the M.A. in International Psychology program must submit the following:

  • Application
  • Application Fee: $50
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae: Students should ensure their resume properly highlights two or more years of post-baccalaureate work experience.
  • Essay – Please answer the following question within three double spaced typed pages (approximately 500-750 words). Essay must specifically address the program/specialization for which you are applying.
    • Psychology is a vast discipline with many career options. In an essay format, please describe:
      • Why you chose this particular program/specialization. Cite specific experiences and examples.
      • Why it is important to you to study this discipline at a school that emphasizes cultural awareness, competence, and understanding of diversity (see our Commitment to Diversity Statement ).
      • Your professional career goals as they relate to this specialization.
      • Why you believe this program will assist you in reaching these goals.
  • Official College/University Transcripts
    • Students must submit official transcripts from all schools where degrees have been earned. The Chicago School requires that all schools be regionally accredited higher education institutions. Official transcripts may be sent directly from the institution or with your application for admission as long as they are official, sealed, and signed across the envelope flap when they arrive.
  • Previous Coursework
    • A course in psychology, with a grade earned of C or better

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