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Department of Counseling and School Psychology

Department of Counseling and School Psychology

Counseling and Trauma-informed Care
for a Multicultural Society
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Fall 2019

Graduate Certificate Courses (12 Unit Hybrid Online Program)

CSP 612: Restorative Practices and Conflict Transformation. There is growing recognition supported by new legislation in the United States that schools and communities need to move away from suspending, expelling or incarcerating children, youth and adults as the first effort to change behavior. Today there is a determined effort to move towards more restorative ways of responding to people who are in crisis and whose behavior negatively affects others. This course will focus on the history, concepts, principles and theory of restorative practices. This course will compare retributive and restorative ways of working and support professionals in developing a trauma informed lens in working with youth, families, communities, and colleagues. Students will explore the effectiveness of restorative practices and conflict transformation in schools and their community. This course will focus on restorative tools to engage people in building strong relationships and empathy for one another. Students will learn the main restorative structures including community building circles, restorative conferences to address high level incidences, and effective communication techniques. This course will explore different types of restorative circle processes and the psychology behind the circle. Attention will be paid to the role of caring for ourselves while providing support for others. Skill building activities will include practicing non-violent communication, building consensus, creating safe space, and identifying barriers to connection and healing.

CSP 652: Trauma-Informed Care in Multicultural Contexts.  “Trauma” has recently become a familiar term in our social rhetoric. It has become important for professionals and para-professionals working in our communities to understand the impact of trauma in relation to the biopsychosocial well-being of an individual. In addition, it is essential to understand the complex ripple effects of trauma on children, adolescents, the family unit and educators in the schools and in our wider community. Due to the high rates of trauma occurring on a macro-level scale within national and international contexts as well as the continued high rates of micro-level conflicts and interpersonal trauma experiences, it has become critical for those working in the front lines to understand what trauma is, what kind of impact it has on multiple levels of our lives, and how to identify and effectively respond. This course is designed to lay the foundation for understanding trauma and its complexities and to start a dialogue of learning, understanding, and recovering as trauma-informed restorative practitioners. 

CSP 636: Mental Health Recovery. Mental health recovery is a new field driven by the needs of the consumer, rather than the expectations and recommendations of mental health professionals. This emerging consumer led movement has profound effects on how effective mental health services are delivered and demands a completely new approach for how mental health professionals engage with people suffering from severe mental illness.  The practice of mental health recovery is creating a new context for understanding the relational power dynamics between client and mental health specialist. Through the evaluation of these contexts, students will be able to explore the tools of mental health professionals as social constructs, such as the Diagnostics and Statistical Manual (DSM), and the power that is given to these tools within our society and mental health communities. This course is aimed to understand the etiology of mental health treatment, the role of the DSM-V, and the effects on identity that these systems engender in consumers of mental health treatment. 

CSP 639: Law and Ethics in the Counseling Profession. This course will review the ethical standards and legal mandates of the counseling profession. Students will apply code of ethics and legal mandates to specific counseling situations in diverse contexts such as schools and social service agencies. Students will identify and employ professional guidelines for a variety of positions such as: clinical counselors, community mental health case workers, marriage & family therapists and guidance/school counselors.  Multicultural perspectives, diversity issues, and awareness of personal values in decision making will inform the context of class discussions and activities.  


Master’s Program
MA Education, Concentration in Counseling Courses (30-Unit Hybrid Online Program)

(Students will complete the Advanced Certificate courses in the Fall semester.)

Spring and Summer (2020) Courses 
  • CSP 600 and 600L: Cross-Cultural Counseling Skills and Lab. 
  • CSP 673: Public/Private Policy and Counseling.   
  • CSP 672: Multidisciplinary Facilitation.  
  • CSP 637: Counseling and MFT Theories I.    
  • CSP 638: Counseling and MFT Theories II.  
  • ED 690: Research Methods of Inquiry.
  • ED 795A: Capstone.