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MAIDP Courses

Sample course listing only.

Below are a sampling of courses typically offered in the MAIDP Program. This list is not exhaustive, nor is it meant to be a list of required courses. Courses and course descriptions often change. Students are provided current course lists in their application packets, as well as their Student Handbook when they matriculate.

INTERNATIONAL DISASTER PSYCHOLOGY: FOUNDATIONS

This course is designed to introduce students to core concepts in the field of international disaster psychology. Through integration of perspectives from various disciplines (e.g., clinical and social psychology, medical anthropology, humanitarian studies), and with a focus on promising practice models and guidelines, students become familiar with mental health and psychosocial needs and associated response in complex emergencies.

GLOBAL MENTAL HEALTH SYSTEMS

In this course students will learn about the field of IDP and about mental health systems in countries around the world. Students will also learn how to evaluate and improve basic and disaster mental health services. This course will utilize the World Health Organization guidelines on providing psychosocial interventions in post disaster settings and the World Health Organization instrument for evaluating and improving basic mental health services in low and middle income countries. Subject areas will include treatment of refugees and treatment of high risk populations in post disaster settings across the globe.

PREPARATION FOR INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIPS:
INTERCULTURAL COMPETENCE 

This course prepares students for mental health and psychosocial internships in a variety of cross-cultural settings in countries with a history of acute, chronic, and/or cyclical human-made and natural disasters. Through use of service-learning projects, self-reflective exercises, case studies, course readings, lectures, and guest speakers, and integrating perspectives from various disciplines, students reflect on personal expectations and develop skills to anticipate and problem-solve cross-cultural challenges, including potential value conflicts and miscommunication that may arise while in the field.

DISASTER MENTAL HEALTH

This advanced course will discuss some special issues in providing and preparing to provide services in post disaster settings. These issues will include how to provide services for adults and children in post conflict countries and how to avoid provider burn-out in these settings. The course will also review successful psychosocial projects in post disaster situations in the United States and around the world. Students will prepare a competitive proposal for providing behavioral health and psychosocial services in a post disaster setting.

PSYCHOPATHOLOGY AND DIAGNOSIS

This course focuses on an understanding of the literature on psychopathology, diagnostic classification and treatment of mental health problems. An emphasis on the cultural factors relevant to understanding individual functioning domestically and abroad is included.

STATISTICS

General statistical principles and techniques and their application to psychological issues are taught in this course.

CROSS CULTURAL ANALYSIS

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of cross cultural analysis. The course will provide an understanding of diverse cultures. Students will review historical literature in the area of cross cultural understanding. Students will also be taught methodologies for conceptualizing and understanding diverse cultures and cross cultural practices in psychology.

SEMINAR: tHERAPEUTIC iNTERVENTIONS

Seminar is a small group class designed to provide students with familiarity with special topics in international disaster psychology. Lectures and small group discussion formats occur throughout this 2-year sequence, also involving opportunities to pursue in depth special topics of interest.

ETHICS

The course is designed to educate students about the ethical guidelines in psychology applicable to the field of IDP. Students will learn the APA Ethics Code as well as other more specialized IDP ethics guidelines. Students will be expected to identify, address, and resolve potential ethical conflicts. Potential future trends in the developments of ethics in the IDP field will be addressed.

RESEARCH METHODS

The course provides a review and critique of psychological research, epistemology, design and methodology providing students with skills to evaluate and conduct research in the field.

PSYCHOLOGY OF LOSS AND GRIEF

The course provides a review of the present status of the psychology of loss and grief. The applicable literature will be reviewed. The model for dealing with grief and loss in individual and group settings will be discussed. Diverse cultural differences in addressing grief and loss will be covered as well as multicultural interventions to address the needs of those who have experienced grief and loss.

INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH

This course will provide an overview to the many issues concerning international public health today. Topics will include basic epidemiology, malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, diarrheal diseases, injury prevention, and environmental health. Specific attention will be given to examining the intersection between disease prevention and disaster mitigation.

PROGRAM EVALUATION

This course will provide practical information on how to evaluate mental health and behavioral health programs in the United States and in countries around the world. Topics will include need assessment, outcome evaluation, and management information systems.

GROUP INTERVENTIONS

An overview of the dynamics of group process. The current literature and research in group dynamics will be covered. The course will address the interaction between culture and group dynamics. Psychosocial and organizational group interventions will be presented.

ISSUES IN MEASUREMENT

Critical assessment of various psychological tests, with an emphasis on validity, reliability and issues of standardization are examined in this course.

CRISIS INTERVENTION

This course emphasizes theoretical models, recent research, and contemporary debates in the field of international and domestic crisis intervention..Specifically, this course focuses on assessing and responding to crises of lethality, conducting rapid needs assessment in complex emergencies, and utilizing psychological first aid in a variety of disaster contexts. Course content assists students in developing critical thinking skills, necessary for crisis intervention related program design, implementation, and evaluation.

GENDER BASED VIOLENCE

This course encourages students to critically examine the international scope and types of gender based violence, struggle with related ethical dilemmas, and become familiar with promising practice intervention models and related human rights instruments. Throughout the course students develop the skills necessary for identifying and responding to gender based violence in international context, while remaining sensitive to complexities associated with culture. Although the course emphasizes violence against women, transgender and male victims of GBV are also considered.

LIFESPAN DEVELOPMENT & THE CULTURAL CONTEXT

Considerations of developmental issues and processes throughout the life span are critical to understanding the impact of trauma and disaster on human functioning, and inform psychosocial and psychotherapeutic interventions. This course takes an ecological-biopsychosocial approach to understanding lifespan development and the impact of trauma on development.

CLINICAL INTERVIEWING

Models for clinical interviewing are taught in this academic and practice-based course. Theoretical and practical issues related to clinical interviewing in international and national disaster settings are addressed.

PSYCHOTHERAPEUTIC MODELS OF INTERVENTION

This course surveys different theoretical models of psychotherapy with an emphasis on specific intervention approaches. The relevance of theory to practice and an exploration of the use of theories in clinical and psychosocial work are explored.

INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE OF TRAUMA INTERVENTION

This class delineates best practices in the therapy of trauma and trauma-spectrum disorders from a number of perspectives: individual, group, agency, societal, and international.

FROM TRIAGE TO JUSTPEACE

This course examines the inter-disciplinary continuum of integrated work that responds initially to natural and human-made disaster, but then leads to coordinated relief and development projects, and eventually seeks longer-term justpeace. Students learn how normative "regimes" or changed behavior are built and sustained by societal, state, and global actors. Students apply critical interview skills among professionals of diverse disciplines, and in particular, meet the range of development organizations headquartered in Colorado.

CAREER COUNSELING

This course is designed to focus on the theory, practice and assessment of career counseling. Students will be exposed to career developmental theory, psychological assessment for career planning, and learn about the information sources for career counseling. Specific focus will be on the techniques and application of career counseling to diverse forensic populations.

INTERNATIONAL DISASTER PSYCHOLOGY INTERNSHIP

Students will spend one quarter in various international locations working in full time internships with international nonprofit organizations applying the principles and knowledge obtained during their study in the IDP program. Students will work under faculty and professional supervision.