2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (March 2022) 
    Sep 27, 2022  
2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (March 2022) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Disaster, Crisis, and Intervention - Doctor of Social Work (DSW)

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This program is no longer accepting new students. Current students must complete their programs of study in accordance with Walden’s Time-to-Degree Completion policies.


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.

Minimum Degree Requirements

  • Doctoral Writing Assessment
  • Professional Development Plan
  • Foundation course (3 cr.)
  • Core courses (25 cr.)
  • Research courses (15 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
  • Elective course (5 cr.)
  • Completion of Doctoral Study
    • Doctoral Study Action Research Project (5 cr. per term; taken continuously until completion)
    • Quarter Plans
  • One residency

Course Sequence

 Students undertake courses in the following sequence.

Quarter Course Credits
1    3 cr. 
   5 cr. 
  Complete the residency as soon as you begin your program; required before you begin your 2nd research course (RSCH 8210 OR RSCH 8310).  
2    5 cr. 
   5 cr. 
3    5 cr. 
   5 cr. 
4    5 cr. 
   5 cr. 
5    5 cr. 
  OR    5 cr. 
6    5 cr.
Elective course chosen to support Capstone research project 5 cr.
7+  * Continuous enrollment in 5 cr. per term for a minimum of 4 terms 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. In general students are continuously registered in the dissertation/doctoral study course until they complete their capstone project and it is approved. This usually takes longer than the minimum required terms in the dissertation/doctoral study course shell.

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 Doctor of Social Work Guidebook.