2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) 
    Jun 05, 2020  
2018–2019 Walden University Catalog (September 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Disaster, Crisis, and Intervention (DSW)

Return to: Doctor of Social Work  

The Disaster, Crisis, and Intervention specialization examines theories and strategies to respond to the initial basic needs of a community in an emergency situation and how to assist victims and their caregivers after the initial crisis has passed. Students will study skills and practices specific to crisis counseling, including theories of crisis intervention and models for working with different populations. They will examine the actions and behaviors that follow a disaster; learn how to address stress, coping, and adjustment difficulties; and study psychological disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder. Students will explore a crisis from a community and regional level and gain experience by designing a crisis plan to prepare for future emergencies. In this specialization, students also address the psychological impact of terrorism on communities.

Course Sequence

Quarter Course Credits
1 SOCW 8002 - Foundations of Graduate Study  3 cr. 
SOCW 8110 - Advanced Social Work Theory and Practice   5 cr. 
2 SOCW 8802 - Clinical Seminar I 5 cr. 
SOCW 8117 - Diversity and Multiculturalism 5 cr. 
3 RSCH 8110 - Research Theory, Design, and Methods♦  5 cr. 
SOCW 8145 - Crisis Management  5 cr. 
4 SOCW 8137 - Contemporary Issues, Social Change, and Social Policy  5 cr. 
SOCW 8138 - Program and Practice Evaluation  5 cr. 
5 SOCW 8785 - Prevention, Intervention, and Consultation  5 cr. 
SOCW 8210 - Survey Research Methods  5 cr. 
6 SOCW 8801 - Clinical Seminar II  5 cr. 
RSCH 8210 - Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis♦ OR RSCH 8310 - Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis♦  5 cr. 
7 SOCW 8333 - Vicarious Trauma and Compassion Fatigue 5 cr.
SOCW 8610 - Action Research Project* 5 cr. per term; taken continuously until completion

*Students take this course for a minimum of four terms and are continuously enrolled until completion of their Doctoral Study with final Chief Academic Officer (CAO) approval.

To complete a doctoral study, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.