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Treatment of Trauma, Abuse, and Deprivation Concentration

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Make a difference in the lives of those struggling with traumatic experiences through our Master’s in Counseling in the Treatment of Trauma, Abuse and Deprivation. This counseling degree program gives you a background and thorough understanding of current theory and research in the assessment and treatment of all kinds of traumatic stress. As a Licensed Professional Counselor in Arizona, you can utilize specialized techniques for working with survivors of sexual abuse, physical abuse or childhood neglect; survivors of domestic violence; survivors of accidents, life-threatening health crises, crime and violence, as well as the family members of survivors; survivors of natural disasters; and combat veterans or first responders.

This counseling degree concentration allows students to develop understanding and clinical skills for working with individuals, families and groups who are recent victims or adult survivors of violence, abuse, emergency and disaster, loss, and/or neglect and deprivation.

If you are interested in earning a Master’s in Counseling in Treatment of Trauma, Abuse and Deprivation from an accredited university, contact Ottawa University’s admissions representative for more information. 

For curriculum and course descriptions please download a program overview.

Treatment of Trauma, Abuse and Deprivation Concentration Courses

Fundamentals and Theory of Trauma, Abuse and Deprivation |  
Introdutory course presenting an integrated view of effects on personality development of childhood trauma, abuse and deprivation. Therapeutic interventions examined.

Expressive Arts Therapies | 
Examines theories, techniques and applications of play, art, music, dance and other expressive therapeutic approaches.

Children and Complex Trauma |  
This course delineates theoretical and practical integration of eco-developmental approaches to psychological trauma. Consequences of early traumatic experience are mapped in the context of psychosocial developmental processes, including attachment, social interaction, emotional expression, and cognitive construction of worldview. The impact of repeated trauma in the lives of children and adolescents is explored in the context of developmental transformations and in relationship to psychopathology, gender, and bio-physiology.

Clinical Assessment of Trauma |  
Examines techniques for assessing emotional health, pathology and dysfunction and time-sensitive techniques for treatment. Includes student observation and participation.

Advanced Clinical Application |  
Focus on advanced techniques and resources for assessing and treating the effects of trauma, abuse and deprivation on children and adults. Emphasis on holistic approach to recovery and growth.

Master of Arts in Counseling Required Courses

Graduate Counseling Seminar in Clinical Foundations |  
Provides an overview addressing necessary foundations in the content areas of abnormal psychology,
developmental psychology, and theories of personality. Introduction to APA style and format.

Counseling Theories |  
Examination of theories of personality development and therapeutic processes. Consideration of techniques for counseling applications and professional consultation.

Social/Cultural Concerns in Counseling |  
Study of social, cultural and gender differences and issues related to counseling clients with various backgrounds, beliefs and concerns. Includes multicultural counseling techniques.

Counseling and the Helping Professions |  
Examines counseling process, instruction and practice in communication skills in counseling, history, development and practice of counseling as a profession, and how and where counseling is provided.

Human Growth and Development |  
Examination of psychological, social, intellectual, and physical influences on the development of personality and behavior patterns in children, adolescents and adults.

Group Counseling and Dynamics |  
Theories of group counseling. Includes techniques of observation, assessment and leadership in therapeutic groups.

Methods and Models of Research | 
Examination of models of research and application of scientific methods to investigate, analyze, and develop solutions relative to current issues in the field.

Professional and Ethical Issues in Counseling |  
Study of ethical, legal and professional concerns in the practice of counseling.

Psychological Testing |  
Examines use of standardized tests to study individuals, including test development, selection, administration and interpretation. Includes educational and mental health applications.

Life Planning and Career Development |  
Focus on theory, research, techniques and tools used in life planning, transitions and career development.

Theory/Techniques in Marriage and Family Counseling |  
Examination of traditional and contemporary theories of family systems and approaches to marriage and family counseling.

Advanced Psychodiagnostic and Treatment Planning |  
As a preparation for Clinical Internship, students will expand their knowledge of the multi-axial system, DSM-IV/DSM-IV-TR diagnostic categories, differential diagnosis, and treatment planning. Emphasis will also be placed on the clinical interview and other initial assessment techniques, as well as skills critical to selecting and evaluating treatment options.

Intro to Substance Addictions and Related Disorders |  
Introduction to patterns, causes, assessment and treatment of substance abuse and other addictive disorders. Student begins preparation of required portfolio.

Practicum |  
300 hours and two semesters.

Internship | 
600 hours and three semesters.

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