New trauma counseling course

Dec 22, 2015

Five graduate counseling psychology students at Delaware Valley University recently gained a national certification in trauma counseling through a new course being offered at the University.

The students who recently became Certified Trauma Professionals through the new course include: Sean Galiczynski ’16 of Ivyland, Pennsylvania; Heather Haas ’13 (B.A.) ’16 (M.A.) of Warrington, Pennsylvania; Melissa Moreno ’16 (M.A.) of Doylestown, Pennsylvania; Mariana Rodriguez ’16 (M.A.) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Susan Sklaroff-Van Hook ’16 (M.A.) of Upper Black Eddy, Pennsylvania. 

The new graduate level course, Special Topics in Counseling: Trauma: Awareness, Assessment and Treatment, prepares students in DelVal’s Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program to become Certified Trauma Professionals. This is a nationally-recognized certification for counselors who work with clients who have experienced trauma. All five students in the first group to take the course earned the certification during the fall 2015 semester.

“Counselors are routinely called upon to work with survivors who have been impacted by a variety of traumatic experiences,” said Terry Jackson, administrative director for the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program. “The University added this course to provide our students with the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and experience in this crucial part of the counseling field. During traumatic events such as accidents, natural disasters, abuse, assault, war, acts of violence or other devastating incidents, trauma counseling helps people process and cope with the unthinkable. The University is preparing counseling professionals who will provide much needed help during some of the hardest moments of their clients’ lives through this new course.”

The course, which is taught by Dr. Mindi Raggi, a licensed clinical social worker, provides participants with a comprehensive exploration of the psychological trauma field. Topics discussed include: history and current theories in the field, the nature of trauma (sexual abuse, combat, and natural disasters), how trauma affects individuals and systems, grief reactions and traumatic stress. The course also includes an exploration of how counseling professionals respond to trauma and a review of evidence-based practices in the trauma field.

Dr. Raggi will be presenting on trauma at DelVal’s Second Annual Graduate Counseling Psychology Speaker Series on April 5.

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