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Family Studies and Human Services

Kansas State University
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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 these two complementary areas. Conflict resolution programs primarily are combined with peace and conflict studies, while the trauma studies programs are predominately in clinical mental health programs (e.g., psychiatry, psychology, social work). The CATS program bridges these two areas, providing the framework and models for individuals, families, groups, communities, and the social empowerment and resiliency to heal from conflict, trauma and loss. The program provides foundational knowledge in microsystems (e.g., individuals, families) and larger social macrosystems (e.g., communities and nations). The program also provides a variety of professional trainings, beyond clinical professions, for post-trauma and post-conflict reconstruction.

CATS Mission Statement

The undergraduate minor in conflict analysis and trauma studies provides a theoretical and empirical framework and model for analysis and study of trauma, violence, conflict and their consequences. This emerging study provides students, faculty and human service professionals the knowledge for establishing post-trauma and post-conflict reconstruction practice, research, service and policy to improve interpersonal and social systems.

Educational Objectives of the Program

The undergraduate minor in conflict analysis and trauma studies offers students the fundamentals of conflict resolution theory and practice, as well as issues surrounding trauma exposure. It is intended to meet the needs of those 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. This program also lends further education on the effects of conflict and violence as well as strategies to help individuals, families, groups and communities recover from conflict and trauma.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge: Apply models for conflict analysis, conflict management and traumatic stress, and have an understanding of approaches to conflict resolution and traumatic stress prevention
  • Critical Thinking: Identify and assess sources of conflict and trauma, among individuals, families, organizations, groups and communities
  • Communication: Demonstrate effective communication skills and apply them to specific conflict and trauma situations
  • Diversity: Recognize values, perceptions, experiences and assumptions related to their own cultural background and have the ability to make culturally sensitive assessments for conflict intervention and traumatic stress prevention
  • Academic Professional Integrity: Apply ethical standards for mediation, the Kansas Judicial Branch rules, and best practice and research parameters in the area of traumatic stress


Summary of 2016-2017 Report:

Our goal is for students in the Conflict Analysis and Trauma Studies (CATS) Academic Minor to obtain minimum proficiency: 50% of students will achieve > 75% on assessment of student outcomes, 20% of students will achieve > 95% on assessment of student outcomes. Student outcomes met or exceeded minimum proficiency (75%) on all SLOs, with students meeting maximum (exceptional) proficiency (95%) on 2 of the 5 SLOs. Scores on the assessment were comparable between campus and distance students, across different instructors (where assessed), and between previous years’ assessment data. Assessment methods appear to be appropriate and thorough. Faculty are pleased with student performance, in general, across all 5 SLOs; however, program revisions will be made to improve student performance for some of the measures where there is currently low maximum proficiency, in order to raise maximum proficiency to at least 20% in on all outcomes. All SLOs are currently being assessed in the CATS Minor program. All SLOs are currently assessed across the 6 core classes with several SLOs assessed in multiple classes. The Retrospective Pre-test is a unique feature and we believe implementing the Pre-Post evaluation with graduating students, as well as asking additional program assessment questions, provides more thorough indirect data of our program. The assessment program that has been implemented is a highly robust program of SLO assessment that is a unique model of multi-input assessment methods. However, because all SLOs are measured in all courses, this general model will be continued.

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