UO Psychology 607 Graduate Seminar

Winter 2014

Non-Pathologizing Approaches to Trauma

Instructors: Jennifer Freyd and Pamela Birrell

Syllabus (as of 3 February 2014)

CRN: 26459
Grading option: Optional
Credits: 2-4
Mondays 8:00 - 9:50 AM
Franky 271B

Course Home Page http://dynamic.uoregon.edu/~jjf/courses/psy607-win14/

Clinical Elective: We will request this status if anyone in class needs it.

Overview: We will explore theory and empirical research on non-pathologizing approaches to trauma prevention and healing. This will include analysis of what makes an approach pathologizing or not and what impact that has on those who encounter the approach. We will derive a vision for an approach to trauma that supports well-being, growth, justice, and peace.

Required books for the course:

Course Work: Students will be expected to attend all class meetings, do all assigned readings, and to participate actively in seminar discussion. In addition, each participant will lead a class discussion and, in advance of the class meeting, email to the class discussion questions by the Wednesday at noon before the Monday morning class. By the Wednesday at noon following the class, the student(s) leading discussion will email to the class a document including the discussion questions, any other presentation material, and capturing important discussion points from class.


Weekly Reading Assignments


Week 1, January 6: It Starts with a Dream

Discussion Leader: Kristen



Week 2, January 13: Turning Imagination into Reality

Discussion Leader: Marina



Week 3, January 20: MLK day, no class (but read -- double readings for Week 4)


Week 4, January 27: Growth and Change -- and Committment to Democracy (meeting time might be shifted due to interview day)

Note: meeting time for class might be shifted due to admissions interview day

Discussion Leaders: Laura and Zeina



Week 5, February 3: Commitment to Nonviolence

Discussion Leader: Jenn L



Week 6, February 10: Commitment to Emotional Intelligence

Discussion Leader: Carly



Week 7, February 17: Commitment to Social Learning

Discussion Leader: Rosemary and Brianna



Week 8, February 24: Commitment to Open Communication

Discussion Leaders: Jen G & Alec



Week 9, March 3: Commitment to Social Responsibility

Discussion Leaders: Lindsey & Elaine


Week 10, March 10: Pulling it All together

Discussion Leader: Sarah



Possible Additional readings: (*For comparison.)

Related Material:

About your Instructors

Jennifer Freyd <jjf@dynamic.uoregon.edu>