2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) 
    
    Dec 03, 2020  
2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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DDPA 8740 - Disaster, Crisis, and Trauma


(5 cr.) There is no shortage of natural and human-made disasters, such as war, violence, genocide, and terrorist activities. Individuals and communities impacted by such disasters often need assistance from professionals who understand the social, cultural, and psychological complexities of crisis and trauma. Students in this course investigate how these incidents impact the psychology of individuals and groups. They assess traditional and current literature and complete practical exercises to learn about theories of trauma; actions and behaviors following a disaster; stress, coping, and adjustment difficulties; psychological disorders (e.g., posttraumatic stress disorder); and available resources to deal with trauma. Considering the various ways crisis professionals can promote positive social change, students devote special attention to the importance and development of culturally appropriate service-delivery programs and interventions for individuals affected and traumatized by disasters. 



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