In this specialization, you will examine the theory and strategies to respond to the initial needs of a community in an emergency situation and how to assist victims and caregivers after the initial crisis has passed. You can study the skills and practices specific to crisis counseling, including theories of crisis intervention and models for working with different populations. You examine the actions and behaviors that follow a disaster; address stress, coping, and adjustment difficulties; and study psychological disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder. Coursework gives you the opportunity to explore a crisis at the community and regional levels and design a crisis plan to prepare for future emergencies. This specialization also addresses the psychology and impact of terrorism on communities. Your dissertation will focus on adding to the body of knowledge in this field.
Demand for professionals trained in this relatively new discipline is anticipated to be high, as evidenced by the number of job openings in crisis management and emergency planning.
Note on Licensure: The PhD in Human and Social Services program, including its specializations, is not designed to lead to professional licensure including licensure as a professional therapist, counselor, social worker, or psychologist.
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