Trauma and Disaster Relief

Easing the Pain of Trauma and Disaster Victims

Natural disasters, incidents of abuse and neglect, terrorism, war, violence and conflict on a local, national and global level have created a demand for individuals trained in identifying, addressing, and researching the aftermath of trauma. Victims, witnesses and relief workers who experience trauma may find themselves facing a variety of psychological issues, difficulties in interpersonal relationships, physical health problems and may be placed at future risk for psychological symptoms and career burn-out. The NCU trauma and disaster relief specialization prepares students to understand the needs of individuals who have witnessed natural disasters, accidents, abuse, physical injury, bullying, etc., and who are grappling with how to cope or to effectively integrate memories or feelings related to that experience. You will be provided instruction both in theories related to first responders, and ways to provide ongoing support and care for those impacted by trauma. The specialization considers the impact of one-time, generational, and long-term or repeated traumas. Taught by professors who all hold doctoral degrees, you will gain an understanding of the various facets of trauma, its impact on coping skills, as well as theoretical knowledge related to treatment, intervention, and prevention strategies.

The NCU Difference

Northcentral University's unique approach to graduate education is ideal for self-starters and independent thinkers who want a premier education with unprecedented flexibility. With NCU’s online learning model, there are weekly starts for every program or course. Our education approach was developed to meet the needs of your busy life and schedule. We use a unique one-to-one learning model that pairs one student with one doctoral professor for each course. With no teaching assistants, you learn directly from experts who provide personal feedback and professional insights. NCU’s Department of Psychology delivers PhD, master’s, bachelor’s, and graduate certificate programs* in psychology that emphasize the knowledge, skills, practical application and values that are integral to the field. Throughout your academic journey, you will be mentored by professors who are experienced in your field of study. At NCU, you will never have to participate in group projects. You move forward on your pace, by setting your own studying schedule. In a class size of one, there’s no one to get in the way of your individual success. None of our programs have residency requirements, allowing flexible access to you no matter where you live. When you enroll in NCU to earn an advanced degree in psychology, you will become part of a community of professionals who are already making a difference around the world.

“I’m a threat assessor or violence risk assessor, and I had a practice even before I came to NCU. This provided me an opportunity to substantially increase my understanding of the psychological concepts and principles behind some of the behavioral analysis I was doing. Simultaneously using my dissertation, I was able to further knowledge in the field that I was already engaged in.” – James Kawood, PhD in Psychology (2016)

Note on Licensure: NCU’s psychology programs are not licensure programs and do not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology or counseling professional.

At A Glance

Course information
  Credit Hours Courses Est. Time to Complete  
PhD-Psy 60 20 48 months View Course Catalog
Post-Master's Cert 18 6 13 months View Course Catalog

Beyond the specialized courses designed to help you expand your abilities in your chosen field of study and profession; NCU offers the following benefits to students and alumni:

Unmatched Flexibility
Many online programs offer the ability to take courses without leaving your home, but few offer weekly course starts, no scheduled lecture hours, no group assignments, and the ability to schedule courses around your personal and professional obligations. The option to turn in your assignments as early in the week as you want, provide you the ability to schedule school around your life, not the other way around.

100% Doctoral Faculty
Whether you are completing your bachelor's degree, pursuing your graduate degree, or on the path to earning your doctoral degree, you can rest assured that you will be mentored by doctors in your field of study.

One to One Engagement
Not only will you learn from a doctor in the field, but you won't have to fight for facetime as one of many within a classroom. At NCU, you'll have the opportunity to interact one to one with your professor to get personalized mentoring.

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology Learning Outcomes
  • Student will be able to appraise theories and principles in psychology to inform professional contexts.
  • Students will be able to evaluate research methods and data analysis in psychology.
  • Student will be able to select psychological principles and research for application to personal, social, and organizational issues.
  • Students will be able to evaluate ethical principles of psychology in academic and professional matters.
  • Students will be able to critique diversity issues in professional contexts.
  • Students will be able to design clear and effective communication for fellow professionals and the public.

*Credit hours and courses reflect new students meeting credit requirements and utilizing no transfer credits. Est. Time of Completion reflects new students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for the program.

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