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Family Studies and Human Services

Kansas State University
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1324 Lovers Lane
Manhattan, KS 66506-1403

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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

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