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Ph.D. in Human Services - Disaster, Crisis and Intervention (Course-Based)

Offered By: Walden University

The Disaster, Crisis and Intervention specialization concentrates on the theory and strategies on how to respond to the initial basic needs of a community in an emergency situation and how to assist victims and their caregivers after the initial crisis has passed. You can study the skills and practices specific to crisis counseling, including theories of crisis intervention and models for working with different populations. This specialization also addresses the psychology and impact of terrorism on communities.

In the Disaster, Crisis and Intervention you will:

  • Examine the actions and behaviors that follow a disaster.
  • Learn how to address stress, coping, and adjustment difficulties.
  • Study psychological disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • Explore a crisis from a community and regional level.
  • Gain experience designing a crisis plan to prepare for future emergencies.

Human services professionals are on the front lines in serving and caring for those who are most vulnerable and in need. Walden's Ph.D. in Human Services degree program is designed to help professionals in a broad range of settings - including social services agencies, healthcare agencies, treatment facilities, and more - develop their leadership and management skills to better support their communities.

Choose from two formats that best fit your learning style:

  • A course-based program of study that may allow you to complete your degree in less than 3 years.*
  • A self-directed option that allows you to conduct research independently while working closely with a faculty mentor on an area of interest about which you are passionate.

* Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred.