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Chicago School of Professional Psychology Announces New Ph.D. in International Psychology
Date:3/30/2009

th providers working with underserved populations, supporting advocacy initiatives for more resources to meet the international mental health challenges, or working with immigrant and refugee populations both at home and abroad.

The first year of the 60-credit-hour program is devoted to a common core of classes while in the second and third years, students will have an opportunity to focus on one of two areas of concentration: Organizations and Systems or Trauma Services. The Organizations and Systems concentration prepares candidates for work in organizations that have an emphasis in international settings. Coursework and field experiences are designed to prepare "leaders in the field who will plan, guide, and evaluate psychological interventions and initiatives globally," added Dr. Clark.

Instrumental in designing the program, in particular the Trauma Services concentration, was Dr. Yael Danieli, a clinical psychologist who co-founded and directs the Group Project for Holocaust Survivors and Their Children in New York. Dr. Danieli, who serves as a distinguished professor of international psychology at The Chicago School, sees the Ph.D. in International Psychology as making a difference in the area of trauma studies and treatment.

"I envision this degree as a way to prepare professionals of all kinds--lawyers, the clergy, nurses, and of course psychologists--to understand and meet the needs of people suffering from massive trauma," Dr. Danieli said. "I see it as a program that will continue to evolve as we build important relationships and incorporate the most current information."

Coursework for Organizations and Systems will be offered online with the Trauma Services concentration requiring a blend of online delivery and a weekend on-campus component. Students will complete their training through dissertation work and two nine-day international field experiences. An optional extended field place
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