Trauma and Disaster Relief

Post-Master's Certificate - Psychology
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Exposure to trauma and disaster can lead to emotional and behavioral issues for victims, survivors, relief workers and bystanders. The Trauma and Disaster Relief certificate prepares you to work with individuals who have witnessed natural disasters, accidents, abuse, physical injury, bullying, etc., and who are now grappling with how to cope or to integrate memories or feelings related to that experience.

Basis of Admission

A completed master's level or higher degree from an accredited institution or university.

6 Courses (18 Credit hours) must be completed from the coursework outlined within the corresponding Post-Master's Certificate.

Prerequisite: A Master's degree in any field from an accredited institution will satisfy admission requirements.

Requirement: At the end of each Post-Master's Certificate (except where noted), students will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.

Course Length

All courses are 12 weeks in length.

Time to Completion

Northcentral University allows 2 years to complete all Post-Master's Certificates.

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Psychology of Violence

Incidences of violence range from interpersonal violence including domestic violence/spousal abuse to workplace violence to worldwide terrorism. In this course, students will become aware of the causes of violence, the impact on victims of violence, and programmatic attempts to reduce violence. Students will explore current research regarding violence and learn prevention and treatment strategies to use in both professional and personal settings.


Psychology of Traumatic Violence


Students will identify the different types of trauma and disaster and their antecendents. The neurological implications of traumatic stress will be explored. The history of the field of trauma psychology will be examined. Trauma research and treatment also will be reviewed.


Disaster, Terrorism, and Mass Violence: Impacts on Mental Health

This course reviews human-caused trauma and disaster, including mass shootings, bombings, riots, exposure to biohazards, and acts of terrorism, and their impacts on mental heath. It will examine survivor and responder reactions and needs, and introduce strategies to assist individuals in moving on with their lives post-traumatic events.


Trauma-informed Assessment, Risk, and Diagnosis

This course provides a foundation for the assessment and diagnosis of acute and long-term symptoms associated with traumatic experience. Various measurements of post-traumatic stress will be examined. Attention will also be given to identifying individuals at continued risk for traumatic stress.


Trauma-informed Interventions with Disaster and Trauma Survivors

Students will examine the theories and techniques related to crisis intervention. The roles, responsibilities, and functions of crisis counselors as a member of an interdisciplinary emergency management response team during a local, regional, or national crisis, disaster or other trauma-causing event also will be reviewed. Note: This is not a counseling course.


Gender and Cultural Considerations in Disaster Trauma and Response

This course explores diverse populations and their experiences and reactions to various types of trauma. Among the topics addressed are culturally appropriate and effective community interventions designed to foster resilience.

At Northcentral University, we pride ourselves in being completely transparent when it comes to tuition and fees. If a cost is not included in our Cost Per Course Tuition Rate, we let you know up front. Currently, the only additional cost above your program rate* is books. Learn more about NCU School of Psychology's post-master's certificate costs below:

  • Per credit cost: $1,035
  • Per 3 credit course cost: $3,105
  • Program cost: $18,890
  • Average Book cost per course: $110
  • Application Fee: $0
  • Learning Management Fee (one-time per program): $350
  • Registration Fee: $0

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*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year.

Total program costs reflected are calculated based on standard degree program credits exclusive of the program’s potential evaluation track. The actual cost of a program is determined based upon the program and track the student enters, transfer credits if any, and other unique student factors. For more information: please contact Admissions or refer to the catalog.

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Note on Licensure: The Post-Master's Certificate in Psychology program is not a licensure program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology or counseling professional.

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