Psychology of Stress and Trauma

Course Description

As reflected in the media, our current global community has experienced seemingly overwhelming levels of trauma; recent years have seen sharp increases in the numbers of natural disasters, as well as a shift toward increases in civilian exposure to war and terrorism. Moreover, a surprising number of Americans report exposure to other types of trauma such as abuse or assault. In some individuals, traumatic experiences may result in significant psychological difficulties, difficulties in interpersonal relationships, and physical health problems and may increase the likelihood that they experience future trauma. Numerous treatments have been are available to prevent later issues and treat problems related to trauma.

By the end of the course, you will:
• Understand how we cope with stress and trauma
• Identify the range of outcomes associated with stress and trauma, including effects on health
• Gain an understanding of which aspects of the trauma, the individual, and the larger social context influence how individuals cope with trauma
• Understand the major outcomes of, and treatments for, trauma
• Develop college-level skills in critical thinking and writing
• Become familiar with careers in trauma-relevant fields, allowing you to make informed choices regarding career aspirations


There are no prerequisites; however, you should be prepared to engage with sensitive content. Please carefully consider if the course subject matter is appropriate for you.


One Section Available to Choose From:

Online sections of Pre-College courses are offered in one of the following modalities: Asynchronous, Mostly asynchronous, or Blended. Please review full information regarding the experience here.

Dates: July 25, 2022 - August 05, 2022
Duration: 2 Weeks
Meeting Times: M-F 12:15P-3:05P
Status: Closed
Format: On-Campus
Instructor(s): Nicole Nugent
Course Number: 10204