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Study Abroad in Crete: CED Students Learn About Trauma & Therapeutic Techniques

Published October 25, 2019

Over the summer, Dr. Bita Ghafoori led a study abroad course to Crete, Greece where 10 CED graduate students had the opportunity to study alongside their counterparts at the University of Crete. While there CED students learned how trauma can impact the family unit and also learned evidence-based trauma interventions.

Before traveling to Crete, the CED students visited Athens to see the Acropolis, the birth place of Socratic questioning, a method, says Dr. Ghafoori, “that serves as the foundation of many of our evidence-based trauma treatments.” While in Crete, the CED students collaborated in four classes at the University of Crete and participated in four excursions to Greek sites that have experienced historical trauma.

Throughout the course, the CED students gained, “knowledge on trauma and the application of therapeutic techniques to work with individuals and families who have experienced traumatic events.  [They also gained] immersion in Greek culture, including having to navigate a new country and different customs and traditions,” shared Dr. Ghafoori.

Group of Students and Dr. Ghafoori holding a CSULB Banner in Crete
College of Education graduate students and Dr. Bita Ghafoori in Crete.