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The Trauma, Grief, and Crisis specialization prepares students with more clinical depth in the capacity to counsel individuals through trauma, complicated bereavement, and crisis. Student outcomes include gaining assessment and intervention skills to assist clients in working through theory and practice of trauma counseling, complicated bereavement, and understanding models of crisis training and intervention. PTSD, mass disaster, sexual assault, domestic violence, mental illness, and suicide prevention are addressed in the coursework.
This emphasis area prepares students to use acceptance and mindfulness approaches in clinical practice. The therapies explored in this emphasis area include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and other third-wave behavioral treatments. Due to its strong research backing, ACT will be the primary therapy taught in this emphasis. The three developmental aims of this emphasis area are to develop the person of the counselor through embodied mindful practice, develop the knowledge of the counselor through the depth of theoretical understanding, and develop the skills of the counselor through clinical application. Upon completion of this emphasis area, a student will be prepared to address the broad spectrum of clinical presentations across the lifespan using these contextual, process, and behaviorally based approaches to counseling.
In order to satisfy its mission to promote the value of play, play therapy, and credentialed play therapists, the Association of Play Therapy (APT) wishes to increase the availability of play therapy instruction at colleges and universities. This emphasis area provides part of the coursework needed to become a credentialed Play Therapist. Coursework includes essential elements and principles of play therapy, including history, theories, modalities, techniques, applications and skills. Experiential components focus on basic play therapy skill development within the context of ethical and diversity-sensitive practice.