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M.A. in Human Services – Trauma, Resilience, and Self-Care Strategies

Change Lives with a Trauma-Informed Approach

When you earn your master’s in trauma, resilience, and self-care strategies from Concordia University, St. Paul, you’ll prepare to be a frontline change agent, positively impacting lives with a firm understanding of the effects of trauma and toxic stress exposure.

Become More Effective and Successful

After completing CSP’s online human services master’s degree, you will possess skills in fostering self-care, mindfulness strategies, sleep improvement strategies, crisis intervention practices, and more. The program is approved by the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Board for credit towards peace officer licensure.

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  • Duration 2 years
  • Cost per Credit $475
  • Credit Hours 36

Program Benefits

  • Offered in partnership with AIAFS
  • 100% Online
  • No application fee

Career Outlook

Careers in community and social services are projected to grow 12% from 2019 to 2029.1 The skills you learn will allow you to fill the demand for trained human services professionals, bridging the gap between the impact of trauma and other aspects of a client’s interpersonal and social functioning.



A group home manager oversees the operations of facilities for elderly or disabled residents. They develop programs, hire staff, and manage budgets.2



A crisis intervention specialist works with clients who are in distress due to mental health issues or traumatic experiences. They assess a person’s situation and help make decisions in the best interest of the parties involved.3

Other positions you could qualify for with a master’s in trauma:

  • Trauma-informed policy advisor
  • Child welfare and protection worker
  • Children’s therapeutic support service worker
  • Correctional caseworker
  • Psychiatric rehabilitation specialist
  • Domestic violence counselor
Jobs and Income

Curriculum: Gain a Trauma Focus

Our courses explore topics such as trauma and stressor-related disorders, the impact of trauma on the developing brain, and the behavioral health aspects of trauma. Each class is taught by two professors from different human services fields to ensure a unique, multidisciplinary perspective. You can build your resume with publication in Concordia University, St. Paul’s Forensic Scholars Today. Graduate in two years or less with transfer credits.

Course Spotlight: HSV 543 Foundations in Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders

This course is designed to increase understanding of the causes, characteristics and symptoms, consequences, comorbid disorders, and differential diagnostic issues of trauma-and stressor-related disorders in order to promote trauma-informed approaches and practices within human service, criminal justice, forensic behavioral health, telehealth direct support, and other allied field settings. This course will emphasize communication, screening, and intervention strategies appropriate for client-based populations living with these disorders. A section of this course will also examine the impact these disorders have on special needs populations. Empirically-based research findings and case study examples will be discussed throughout this course.

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Course Spotlight: HSV 567 Trauma and Its Impact on the Family System

Trauma and other adverse life events can impact entire family systems, resulting in significant distress for all immediate and extended members. Regardless of the type of trauma experienced, the adverse effects can be wide-ranging, long-term, and contribute to a host of social, emotional, behavioral, and physical health challenges. When such issues have not been properly identified and supported, impacted families are at an increased risk of attachment and communication breakdowns, conflict, separation, and familial violence. This course will examine the implications trauma exposure has on families involved in criminal justice, forensic behavioral health, and human service settings. Strengthening family resilience and trauma-specific interventions and approaches to support those impacted by trauma and adversity will be discussed during this course to promote stability, increase resilience, and heal within the family system.

More Options for Your Degree

M.A. in Human Services: Forensic Behavioral Health

In partnership with the American Institute for the Advancement of Forensic Studies (AIAFS), this program focuses on the direct relationship between behavioral health, criminal justice, and legal systems.

Frequently Asked Questions

We offer a generous transfer policy that allows you to transfer credits from a regionally accredited institution. You can transfer up to 50% of the program’s required credits with program director approval. Our transfer specialists will guide you through the program.

Yes, this degree program follows a cohort model. You will move through the program with the same group of students.

There are 12 required courses in the program. Learn more about the coursework required.

The master’s program has three start dates throughout the year, in January, May, and September.

The program costs $475 per credit hour.

At this time, our online program is offered only as a full-time program.