Through academic coursework and practical experiences students develop a solid foundation for knowledge and skills in the mental health field and unique and specific approaches in the field of international disaster psychology. Students receive essential opportunities to integrate knowledge with practice in contextually relevant and culturally competent ways. Internship experiences domestically and abroad, disaster simulation exercises, and classroom case studies support an integrated training experience helping students bring a "best practice" model to their work in a variety of psychosocial and mental health contexts internationally and in the U.S.
Instruction is provided in diverse areas including international disaster psychology, trauma intervention, disaster mental health, gender-based violence, crisis intervention, group dynamics, loss and grief, the effects of trauma on life-span development, psychotherapeutic models, program evaluation and research, global health, and cross-cultural foundations. Faculty expertise addresses the full span of mental health and psychosocial work that is necessary for effective work in this innovative field.
Our graduates work in a variety of professional settings providing direct services to populations affected by trauma, training and consulting with community, non-governmental and government agencies to promote psychosocial wellness of affected populations, developing emergency preparedness and response plans, and monitoring and evaluating psychosocial interventions. With comprehensive and specialized training in this emerging field of international disaster psychology, our students are prepared to make a difference in the world.