The mission of the Psychological Trauma Studies Specialization is to educate future therapists so they may provide competent, sensitive, and skilled therapy to those suffering from psychological trauma, whether it be the general population suffering as a result of crime or natural catastrophe, or those suffering as a result of conflict-related trauma. This specialization provides students with the special skills to identify and treat the effects of psychological trauma regardless of its source.
Students are encouraged to contextualize and treat those suffering from the effects of trauma in a systemic, ecological, and socially responsible manner. In this effort, they will maximize contact with family members and community resources to provide advocacy and a holistic approach to symptom reduction.
“The same immense energies that create the symptoms of trauma, when properly engaged and mobilized, can transform the trauma, and propel us into new heights of healing, mastery, and even wisdom.” ~Peter Levine, Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma