Courses, Schedule, Instructors, and
Plan of Study & Schedule
The Graduate Certificate in Working with Survivors of Violence, Trauma, and Torture is an academic program requiring successful complete of 12 credits as outlined below. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required to maintain good academic progress towards graduation. Students are responsible for keeping track of their progress and should review their academic record to ensure accuracy.
Students complete course work in 10-week sessions, in accordance with the University’s term schedule:
|Term I||September 3 – November 22, 2013||PSYC662: Understanding Trauma and Recovery I|
|Term II||December 2 – February 21, 2014||PSYC664: Understanding Trauma and Recovery II|
|Term III||March 3 – May 23, 2014||PSYC663: Understanding Torture and Trauma I|
|Term IV||June 2 – August 22, 2014||PSYC665: Understanding Torture and Trauma II|
PSYC662: Understanding Trauma and Recovery I, 3 credits
This course is designed to provide students with an overview of psychological trauma and an introduction to treatment of trauma survivors. Current theoretical approaches to understanding trauma and treatment from psychological, developmental, neurobiological, cognitive, and ecological perspectives will be presented. For additional course information, click here.
PSYC663: Understanding Torture and Trauma I, 3 credits
The focus of this course is to provide students with an introduction to the psychology of torture survivors. Students will discuss theoretical approaches to understanding of torture, think critically about the context of torture, and understand the psychological, social/familial, spiritual, physical, community, and political implications of torture. Interventions for working with torture survivors will be introduced. For additional course information, click here.
PSYC664: Understanding Trauma and Recovery II, 3 credits
This is the second in a series of two courses designed to provide students with an understanding of psychological trauma and treatment of trauma survivors. Current approaches to understanding and treating trauma survivors from psychological, developmental, neurobiological, cognitive, and ecological perspectives will be presented. For additional course information, click here.
PSYC665: Understanding Torture and Trauma II, 3 credits
This is the second course in a series of two classes focused on theory, research, and psychological interventions related to the treatment of survivors of torture and trauma. Current approaches to treatment of torture survivors, as well as psychological, social/familial, spiritual, physical, community, and political implications of torture will be introduced. For additional course information, click here.
Offered through the convenience and flexibility of the online learning environment, this fully online program has been specially crafted to offer high quality, interactive, instruction to busy professionals. Students experience enhanced faculty-to-student interaction through the latest in eLearning technology such as discussion boards, chats, video lectures, and conferencing during times that are convenient to a student’s schedule. Instructors have carefully constructed the program to encourage community building among students to share perspectives, opinions, and experiences through online forums and synchronous presentations, as well as through group projects wherein members interact through web-based collaborative tools. Each student’s unique learning style is embraced through the implementation of a variety of online resources and students have continual access to course content and materials which permits the completion of assignments during a time convenient to their schedule.
About Online Courses
Canvas is the online environment that supports most online teaching and learning at the University of Maryland. The University E-Learning environment provides access to static course content (e.g., syllabi, schedules, announcements, and lecture notes), as well as access to interactive tools (e.g., discussion groups, live chats, and online assessments).
The program’s courses are asynchronous in that students will not be required to login at a specific time. Instructors may occasionally request students to meet online at a specific time. This requirement will be announced in advance and take place approximately once per term.
Accessing Your Online Course
Students unfamiliar with Canvas or need to determine how to get started, click here.
- The course instructor must first load the online course into Canvas. Usually this occurs no later than 24 hours prior to the course’s start date.
- Once the course is in Canvas, registered students have automatic access: click here.
- Only students who are registered and on the official class list can access the course.
- If you registered late, please note that it may take up to 24 hours for the system to add you into Canvas.
- If you were canceled for non-payment, you will lose access immediately.
Sheetal Patel, PhD:
Dr. Sheetal Patel received her PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Maryland College Park in 2008. She has her bachelor’s in Women's Studies and Psychology, also from the University of Maryland College Park. She is a licensed psychologist in the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Dr. Patel's experiences and interests are in the field of trauma, violence and cross-cultural issues. She has trained in University Counseling Centers in the Washington DC Metropolitan area, Veterans Administration Hospital, psychiatric hospitals and domestic violence crisis shelter. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in psychology, specifically in multicultural issues, gender, and counseling psychology.
Dr. Patel currently works as a staff psychologist at Advocates for Survivors of Torture and Trauma, where she provides individual and group psychotherapy to survivors of torture, conducts forensics examinations in support of asylum applications, and provides outreach and training to legal, mental health and other professionals working with immigrants and trauma. She also has a small private practice and holds an adjunct professorship at Georgetown University School of Law.
Beth Sperber Richie, PhD:
Beth Sperber Richie, PhD is a licensed psychologist in private practice in the Washington, DC area. Dr. Richie coaches individual clients to achieve the optimum integration of their career development and life goals, while attempting to maintain that integration in the many roles which make up her own life.
Dr. Richie has a Bachelor’s degree in Human Biology from Brown University, and completed both her Master’s and Doctorate in Counseling Psychology at the University of Maryland at College Park.
Dr. Richie has given workshops and presentations on “Creating a Mosaic Life” to organizations and women’s groups around the D.C. and Boston areas. She has presented at national conferences including the American Psychological Association, Association for Women in Psychology, Amputee Coalition of America, and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. In addition, Dr. Richie has taught both undergraduates and graduates at the University of Maryland, College Park, and guest lectured at Johns Hopkins, American University, and Towson State University. She also co-authored a chapter on gender issues for a book on multi-cultural counseling competencies. Dr. Richie was honored by an award from the American Psychological Association for her research on the career development of highly achieving women.
Linda Tipton, PhD:
Linda Campbell Tipton, PhD has a private practice in psychotherapy in Silver Spring, Maryland. She was a staff psychologist at the University of Maryland Counseling Center for 11 years, and at the George Washington University Counseling Center for two years prior to beginning her private practice work. While at the University of Maryland Counseling Center, she was outreach coordinator, and active in the crisis response team. She led a group for trauma survivors and conducted training across the campus on dealing with students in crisis. She regularly sees trauma survivors in long term therapy in her private practice.
Dr. Tipton received her PhD in Counseling Psychology from The Ohio State University in 1993 and has been a licensed psychologist in Maryland since 1994. Her areas of expertise and interest include anxiety disorders, PTSD, mood disorders and procrastination/avoidance. As an instructor, Dr. Tipton taught graduate courses in Psychological Assessment and Career Counseling. She has served as an ad hoc reviewer for the Journal of Counseling Psychology and on various committees for the Society for Counseling Psychology. In addition to her private practice, she currently supervises graduate trainees as an adjunct faculty member for the University of Maryland Counseling Psychology graduate program, and is an active community volunteer.