Conflict Analysis and Trauma Studies
The undergraduate minor in Conflict Analysis and Trauma Studies (CATS), provides the only academic program in the nation that combines the two complementary areas of Conflict Resolution and Trauma Studies. Conflict resolution programs primarily are combined with peace and conflict studies, while the trauma studies programs are predominantly in clinical mental health programs. The CATS program bridges these two areas, providing the framework and models for individuals, families, groups, and communities to enhance their social empowerment and resiliency in healing from conflict, trauma, and loss. The program provides foundational knowledge in microsystems (individuals, families) and larger social macrosystems (communities, nations). The program provides a variety of professional trainings, beyond clinical professions, for post-trauma and post-conflict reconstruction.
It is intended to meet the needs of individuals who seek introductory training in conflict resolution and those interested in the study of trauma. It may also be appropriate for professionals who have already earned a degree in their professional field but who would benefit from academic study of applications of trauma and conflict analysis and resolution in their current profession.