The minor in Crisis and Trauma is offered though the College of Leadership and Social Change as collaboration between the Psychology Department and Counseling and the Social Work Department for students who are not majoring in Psychology or Social Work. The Psychology and Social Work Departments recognize that many individuals who do not major in these areas choose careers for which a grounding in and an understanding of trauma and crisis will help them to become better informed and ultimately more competent professionals in their fields of choice. This minor requires a total of 18 credits.

Notable Courses

SW 420: The Impact of Trauma

This course introduces the student to the field of psychological trauma. The course will be composed of lectures, discussions, guest speakers and videos. It will provide the student with an understanding of the various types of trauma and treatment, trauma theory, the impact of trauma on the mind, body, and spirit, and the historical development of trauma as a clinical entity. Students will gain an appreciation of the depth of trauma and trauma reactions in the fields of social work and psychology.

SW 430: Crisis Intervention

An introduction to the various types of crisis situations practitioners may encounter. In addition, the course will offer various techniques and provide presentations on a variety of components needed to assist the student in understanding the concepts of crisis intervention. Crisis events can occur in a variety of ways, and as practitioners, how we deal with these events can make the difference between healing and hindrance. Emphasis will be upon a general understanding of the implications of techniques to modify, manage, and cope with crisis situations.

SW 440: Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment

This course is designed to familiarize students with child abuse in its multiple forms. Students will have the opportunity to learn the many signs and symptoms of child maltreatment that manifest in both childhood and adulthood, and will investigate poisonous pedagogy, open/closed family systems, and the impact of shame on our lives. Students will have an opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of the types of child abuse as well as the signs and behaviors associated with each type.