Course Number: 
42212

From a multiple systems and multicultural foundation, this course investigates the nature of trauma informed practice from developmental and neurodevelopmental perspectives. Current neuroscience research provides opportunities to explore traditional as well as body-centered psychotherapies across the life-span and with a variety of client populations and settings. As part of the learning experience and application to direct practice, students will apply course material to specific populations impacted by violence which may include, but are not limited to: returning military personnel and their families; survivors of war/torture/terrorism; gang/community violence; hate crimes/LGBTQIA violence; individuals and families impacted by suicide/homicide, survivors of natural disasters; violence in prisons; violence against the clinician; and secondary or vicarious traumatization for clinicians (compassion fatigue). Additional topics that will be integrated throughout the quarter include: cultural competence in trauma practice, unique practice settings, ethical considerations, and the integration of various theoretical orientations/styles in working with complex trauma. This course includes a high level of student participation, experiential activities, and self-examination. A willingness for self-reflection and commitment to managing the tensions of complex and seemingly incongruous constructs is required. Note: Some reading on-line will be required before the first class meeting. Also, students must be present at the first and last class in order to register for this course. Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, please note that this course will meet on December 1 and December 8.