Crisis & Trauma Prevention and Intervention in International School Counseling

3 Units
Online Fixed-Date

Course Description

Be Well-Equipped to Face Crisis and Trauma at Your International School

It is inevitable that school crisis will occur.  In international schools, school counselors are the first responders of members of the school's crisis team.  The purpose of this course is to prepare students for dealing with crisis situations they will encounter as an International School Counselor.  Students will spend time reflecting on how people deal with crises, exploring their own crisis experiences, and begin to develop skills for crisis intervention.  students will also examine some of the relevant research on crises, resolution, and resilience for International populations.  However, the major focus throughout the course will be on applying principles of crisis response to cases encountered in practice. Prior cases have included:

  • Grief and Bereavement
  • Bullying
  • Violence Prevention
  • Cultural Adjustment and Transition
  • Suicide and Suicidal Ideation
  • Family Conflict and Violence ( a particularly challenging area of international practice)

Course Details

Number of Units: 3.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for:

  • Candidates who wish to work or are employed as school counselors in international schools
  • Recent graduates, career changers, aspiring counselors, and educators who wish to develop their competencies in the field of school counseling

Course Materials: All students will be supplied with access to materials via Google Drive. The Google Drive contains additional required reading materials which will be updated often. The instructor will give a week's notice before covering them in class. The following recommended text is provided to assist students in building a professional library, but may not be explicitly covered in class.

Text, Crisis Counseling, Intervention, and Prevention in the Schools (3rd edition) by Jonathan Sandoval available at or your local bookstore

Technical Requirements


Participants currently or formerly have worked in an international counselor position.

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What You Will Learn

  • Identify fundamental concepts, theories, and counseling skills needed to conduct effective crisis interventions and trauma counseling
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the effects of crisis, disasters, and other trauma-causing events on persons of all ages
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the background, dynamics, and counseling interventions needed to effectively help individuals and groups in crisis
  • Have an understanding of the process of prevention, intervention, and postvention in crisis and trauma counseling
  • Explain and apply ethical principle to crisis and trauma counseling


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  • Module introduction that outlines what you can expect to learn in the module.
  • Required readings (textbook, articles, journals, etc.) and presentations (audio and/or video).
  • Assignments with due dates (which may include: written assignments, journal entries, research, blogs, etc.) based on the readings and presentations.
  • Discussion forum where you answer prompts from the instructor and interact with your classmates.
  • Module conclusion to review the topics and what you should have learned.
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