This psychology of trauma course explores the ways in which potentially traumatic events are experienced, the definitions of the events, themselves, and the range of posttraumatic reactions. These reactions, as varied as victims themselves, can affect cognitive, emotional, biological/physical and interpersonal aspects of functioning. Students in this course will receive an overview of the epidemiology of potentially traumatic events, the theories underlying their impact and the range of posttraumatic reactions. Special topics will be explored with an emphasis on interpersonal trauma, generally and and intimate partner violence, specifically. Areas of particular emphasis will include child abuse in all its forms, rape, intimate partner violence, homicide and witnessed violence. The psychology of victim's/suvivor’s reactions and their experiences of these events will be explored in detail. Societal, cultural, and historical influences on views of trauma will also be discussed. This course is grounded in research and clinical experience, and implications for practice across multiple disciplines will be discussed.