International Psychology

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Certificate Program Directors: Louis Hoffman, Ph.D. and Mark Yang, Psy.D.

The International Psychology Certificate program is designed for individuals desiring to 1) expand their professional practice to include international contexts and settings, or 2) integrate an international framework and sensitivity into their current professional practice. The coursework design is flexible in order to allow students to develop knowledge and experience relevant to their professional interests and career path. This Certificate is co-sponsored by the EHTP and the TSC Specializations.

The coursework in the International Psychology Certificate program exposes students to international perspectives in psychology as well as preparing students to do international work. Students will develop a wide array of personal and professional skills and knowledge relevant to international psychology including preparing and organizing international trips, ethical issues in international psychology, engaging in cross-cultural exchange, indigenous psychology and cultural sensitivity, providing professional presentations and training in an international context, and personal and group safety issues.

Career outcomes from this Certificate program primarily focus on expanding one’s scope of practice. The Certificate program prepares students currently engaged in clinical work (including disaster and relief work), coaching, consulting, teaching, professional training, spiritual guidance, conflict resolution, social transformation, or peace psychology to expand their professional practice into an international context. Additionally, this Certificate program prepares individuals whose primary career objectives are working within the United States to gain some international experience to enrich their professional work and engage in international partnerships.

Description: The Certificate consists of completing 16 units of study: one required course (EHTP 2065: International Psychology), three elective courses relevant to international psychology, a 3-credit practicum in international psychology (EHTP 2066: Practicum in International Psychology), and a 1-credit integrative seminar (EHTP 8950: Certificate Integrative Seminar). For the elective courses, students may choose from three of the following:

CSIH 3070:  Eastern Psychologies
CSIH 3215:  The African Diaspora: African American Cultural History and Psychology
CSIH 4045:  The Buddhist Path to Healing
CSIH 4530:  Psychology, Religion, and Spirituality in their Cultural Contexts
CSIH 6560:  Approaches to Socially Engaged Spirituality
EHTP 3075:  The Life and Work of Alan Watts
EHTP 3520: Multicultural Perspectives on Death and Loss
TSC 6400: Ethics for Transformative Social Change: Thinking Like a Global Citizen
TSC 6550:  Conflict Resolution Theory and Method 
TSC 6585:  The Human Right to Adequate Food
TSC 6590:  Peace Studies
TSC 7085:  Globalism and Power
TSC 7115:  Refugee Trauma and Resiliency

Practicum: For the practicum, students will participate in an international trip of a minimum of one-week in length focused on work relevant to international psychology (EHTP 2066: Practicum in International Psychology). This trip may be with a Saybrook faculty member or set up separately with a faculty member providing mentorship relevant to the trip activities. The practicum experience will include preparations for the trip, the international trip, and debriefing of the trip after returning. Students are expected to provide their own funding for the trip.

Integrative Paper or Project: The final activity in the Certificate program is the writing of a culminating paper that integrates and advances the learning gained from the four courses and the practicum (EHTP 8950: Certificate Integrative Seminar).

Certificate Objectives: Upon completion of this Certificate, students will be able to:
1. Critique mainstream Western psychology from international perspectives.
2. Integrate international perspectives into their local professional practice.
3. Identify and consider ethical issues relevant to the practice of international practice.
4. Engage in the practice of international psychology in a culturally sensitive manner.
5. Prepare for and engage in trips relevant to international psychology.