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Pacific Oaks College announces new trauma studies specialization

April 1, 2014

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Published: April 1, 2014

PASADENA, Calif. – The School of Cultural and Family Psychology at Pacific Oaks College announces a new Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy specialization in Trauma Studies, launching Fall 2014.

Students in this specialization will develop skills to work in mental health settings, veterans’ hospitals, gang intervention programs, continuation schools, immigrant detention centers and domestic violence and child abuse centers.

“The Marriage and Family Therapy department in the School of Cultural and Family Psychology believes that the Trauma Specialization within a social ecological context is in keeping with our social justice mission that underscores urgent societal issues that have long term disabling effects on the family health, child development and well-being,” said Connie Destito, Director, School of Cultural and Family Psychology.

The Trauma Studies specialization is organized around four foundational competencies: theoretical, clinical, sociopolitical/cultural and case studies. These competencies are the core foundation for understanding and application of the work of trauma and mental health.

The curriculum will address a selected realm of topics, including complex and post-traumatic stress disorder, neurobiology and trauma, attachment trauma, culture and trauma, historical trauma, adult survivors of sexual assault, sexual abuse and family violence, combat trauma, polyvictimization, and compassion fatigue.

To learn more about the Trauma Studies specialization, please visit the program page at

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