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.
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
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.