College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

The Need for Inclusion of Psychological Trauma in the Professional Curriculum: A Call to Action

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-2009

Keywords

Trauma Training, Curriculum, Trauma Studies, Trauma Inclusion

Publication Title

Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy

ISSN

1942-9681

Volume

1

Issue/No.

1

Abstract

An appreciable disparity exists between the need for services by professionals with expertise in psychological trauma and the availability of these services. Despite the establishment of a solid base of scientific literature on trauma and the growing attunement of society and the media to the adverse psychological impact of traumatic events, this area has yet to be decisively incorporated into the core curriculum of graduate training in psychology and other professions. This paper provides an overview of the prevalence, scope, and impact of trauma in the general population and the current lack of adequate resources to address the psychological difficulties engendered by traumatic experiences. Existing models of trauma training are discussed, and strategies for expanding the availability of trauma training are recommended.

DOI

10.1037/a0015224

Peer Reviewed

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