New Online Graduate Programs at San Diego State University in Counseling and Trauma-informed Care for School and Counseling Professionals

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San Diego State University is offering two new online programs for educators and counselors – a 12-unit Advanced Certificate in Mental Health Recovery and Trauma-Informed Care, and a 30-unit Master of Arts in Education (counseling), starting in August 2016.

Students new to graduate study as well as experienced professionals new to this field will gain a strong grounding in understanding trauma and its effects on health and well-being

San Diego State University is offering two new online programs for educators and counselors – an Advanced Certificate in Mental Health Recovery and Trauma-Informed Care, and a Master of Arts in Education (counseling), starting in August 2016.

The 12-unit Online Advanced Certificate in Mental Health Recovery and Trauma-Informed Care develops professionals’ abilities to learn the latest theories and practices used to assist children, adults, and families affected by trauma. In addition, this certificate is designed to educate professionals in contemporary mental practices that are delivered in ethnically and linguistically diverse contexts.

The certificate emphasizes the role of trauma-informed treatment models in understanding the causes of mental ill-health and seeks to address human suffering caused by familial and environmental trauma. The curriculum can be completed within six months. Each course is offered over a four-week period with a one-week break in between. All of these certificate courses can be applied to the new online 30-unit MA in Education (counseling) degree.

Students completing the MA in Education with a counseling concentration learn contemporary mental practices including integrated recovery and strength-based approaches. The degree builds a foundation for practitioners to be better equipped to work with the mental health needs of a diverse population, and prepared for more advanced training to be licensed professionals in mental health services. The MA is also valuable for meeting entry requirements into doctoral study.

Upon completion of the MA program, students can gain employment in a range of professional settings including academic institutions, becoming behavior specialists, case managers, providers of drug and alcohol counseling services, and various positions in the field of health and human services. Graduates can develop knowledge of and background in addressing mental health and trauma-related issues for children in the schools.

“Students new to graduate study, as well as experienced professionals new to this field, will gain a strong grounding in understanding trauma and its effects on health and well-being,” said SDSU professor Gerald Monk, Ph.D., director of the new online counseling programs. “The main emphasis of the training is focusing on post-traumatic growth, resiliency, and strength-based practices. The MA provides a great foundation in addressing mental health in multi-cultural contexts.”

The MA program can be completed in 12 months, with month-long courses. There is a three-day, face-to-face clinical practicum at the SDSU campus scheduled for January 2017.

These new programs are offered through SDSU’s College of Education, in conjunction with SDSU’s College of Extended Studies. Applications are being accepted now through May 1, 2016. For more information, visit coe.sdsu.edu/onlinecounsel, email OnlineCounsEd(at)mail(dot)sdsu(dot)edu, or call (619) 356-1175.

SDSU’s College of Extended Studies reaches out to San Diego, the nation, and the world with a wide variety of lifelong learning opportunities, and more than 50 certificate programs for career advancement. Topics range from contract management, construction, and craft beer, to grant writing, marketing, and human resources. And many programs are available online. The CES also offers one of the largest ESL programs in the U.S. through the American Language Institute; and university-quality courses to students age 50 and better through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Other opportunities include seminars, study abroad, corporate education and access to regular SDSU classes through Open University. For more information or to register, visit neverstoplearning.net or call (619) 265-7378 (SDSU).

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