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)

Learner Outcomes

  • 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

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 Amazon.com or your local bookstore

Refund Policy:  To drop a course and receive a refund, students need to drop the course through their student portal at pce.sandiego.edu by midnight (11:59PT) no later than the third day into the course. The refund of the course fee will be returned less a processing fee of 10% of the course tuition.

Enrollment Open Through:  Maximum enrollment is met, or to the first day of the course, whichever happens first.

Technical Requirements


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

Applies Towards the Following Certificate(s), Professional Programs and Series

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