Trauma and Crisis Counseling

When recovering from trauma or disasters, individuals and communities need the help of professionals trained in trauma and crisis counseling. Through this specialization, you can gain the counseling skills and theoretical foundation to help individuals heal from trauma and assist communities in managing crisis.

Through this specialization, you will be able to master the theory, intervention strategies, and treatment models needed to counsel and support individuals and families in crisis. During this course, you will be able to develop the expertise to train and support first responders managing intense career demands. You will learn about crisis management and study the leadership skills necessary to help communities develop effective, responsive crisis management programs and trauma treatment services.

Completion Requirements

  • Complete the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling completion requirements, including field experience* 
  • Complete two additional courses:
    • COUN 6333 Vicarious Trauma and Compassion Fatigue (5 credits)
    • COUN 6145 Crisis Management (5 credits) 

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.


Course Code Course Credits
Course Code COUN 6333 Course Vicarious Trauma and Compassion Fatigue Credits 5
Course Code COUN 6145 Course Crisis Management Credits 5

*You can focus on a general counseling area and complete your field experience before the Trauma and Crisis Counseling courses or focus on a specific area of Trauma and Crisis Counseling and complete your field experience after your specialization coursework.

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