Trauma and Crisis Counseling

Learn about crisis management and study the leadership skills necessary to help communities develop effective, responsive crisis management programs and trauma treatment services.

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. You will be able to master the theory, intervention strategies, and treatment models needed to counsel and support individuals and families in crisis. You will be able to develop the expertise to train and support first responders managing intense career demands.

Minimum Completion Requirements

  • 121 total quarter credits
    • Foundation course (1 cr.)
    • Core courses (95 cr.)
    • Specialization courses (10 cr.)
    • Field Experience (15-25 Credits. Practicum: 100 hours CMHC; Internship: 600 hours CMHC and 600 hours School Counseling)
  • Professional Development Plan, licensure Plan 
  • 2 Pre-Practicum Labs (6 weeks online with 4 days of face-to-face experience)
  • Group Lab (9 weeks online with 14 hours of live synchronous group)

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 specialist at 855-646-5286.

Core Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code COUN 6101 Course Foundations for Graduate Study in Counseling Credits (1 cr.)
Course Code COUN 6100 Course Introduction to Mental Health Counseling Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code COUN 6111 Course Introduction to School Counseling Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code COUN 6722 Course Counseling and Psychotherapy Theories Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code COUN 6316 Course Techniques in Counseling Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code CPLB 601L Course Pre-Practicum 1 Credits (0 cr.)
Course Code COUN 6306 Course Ethics and Legal Issues in Counseling Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code COUN 6723 Course Multicultural Counseling Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code COUN 6311 Course Leadership, Advocacy, and Consultation in the Schools Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code COUN 6360 Course Assessment in Counseling and Education Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code COUN 6215 Course Lifespan Development Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code COUN 6720 Course Diagnosis and Assessment Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code COUN 6250 Course Group Process and Dynamics Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code GRPL 6100 Course Group Lab Credits (0 cr.)
Course Code CPLB 602L Course Pre-Practicum 2 Credits (0 cr.)
Course Code COUN 6626 Course Research Methodology and Program Evaluation Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code COUN 6726 Course Couples and Family Counseling Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code COUN 6317 Course Child and Adolescent Counseling Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code COUN 6753 Course Career Counseling Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code COUN 6785 Course Social Change in Action: Prevention, Consultation, and Advocacy Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code COUN 6730 Course Counseling Addictive Disorders Credits (5 cr.)
MUST COMPLETE Pre-Practicum Lab 2 BEFORE MOVING FORWARD
Course Code COUN 6743 Course Psychopharmacology Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code COUN 6336 Course Crisis, Trauma, and Disaster Response Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code COUN 6771 Course Counseling Practicum Credits (3–5 cr.)
Course Code COUN 6782D Course Counseling Internship I Credits (3–5 cr.)
Course Code COUN 6782E Course Counseling Internship II Credits (3–5 cr.)
Course Code COUN 6500 Course School Counseling Internship I Credits (3 cr.)
Course Code COUN 6501 Course School Counseling Internship II Credits (3 cr.)

* COUN 6782D/6782E can be completed AFTER COUN 6500D/COUN 6501D if a student prefers.


Specializations Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code COUN 6145 Course Crisis Management Credits (5 cr.)
Course Code COUN 6333 Course Vicarious Trauma and Compassion Fatigue Credits (5 cr.)

Note: Specialization courses are to be taken in quarters along with Internship.

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