This course provides students with foundational knowledge of the impact of crises, disasters, and other trauma-causing events on people as well as the principles of crisis intervention for people during crises, disasters, and other trauma-causing events. The appropriate use of diagnosis during crisis, disaster, or other trauma causing events and the differentiation between diagnosis and developmentally appropriate reaction during crises, disasters, and other trauma-causing events will be examined. Students will learn specific crisis intervention practices, including procedures for assessing and managing suicide risk, suicide prevention models, and the use of psychological first aid strategies. The counselors’ roles and responsibilities as members of an interdisciplinary emergency management response team during a crisis, disaster or other trauma-causing event and the operation of emergency management systems will be studied.
For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.
The course of life seldom proceeds smoothly, with trauma and crises affecting nearly everyone. Without addressing the effects of these issues, quality of life suffers greatly and may deteriorate to a point where normal developmental and emotional progress is impeded or negatively altered. It is incumbent upon the counseling practitioner to develop a theoretical rationale and a course of action that will aid the client in regaining control of these aspects of his/her life.
Method of Instruction: This 8 week course is delivered in an online format, with Canvas as the primary instructional delivery method. Students complete one module per week over the duration of the course.
Textbook readings and lecture presentations
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.
Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student must post a 250–300-word thread demonstrating course-related knowledge in response to a prompt. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 125–150 words. Each thread must contain 2 scholarly references, and each reply must contain 1 scholarly reference. All references must have been published within the last 5 years and be cited in current APA format.
Suicide Intervention Plan Assignment
The student will be given a case study on a client who is actively suicidal. Using the texts and notes from this course, the student will be required to give a step-by-step intervention plan as well as a treatment plan that covers a 3-month action plan complete with appropriate goal setting and interventions. No title page or abstract is necessary.
Community Disaster and Referral Plan Assignment
The Community Disaster Plan Assignment is a practical assignment designed to familiarize you with the scope, nature, and extent of crisis services available within your local community and to familiarize yourself to the importance of being able to employ a community in action in time of a crisis. Preventing situations like what happened in New Orleans during Katrina. Refer to the Disaster Mental Health Guidebook found under the Resources section. In addition to identifying local referral agencies and the significance of working closely within your community to establish a well-organized disaster plan, the mental health professional is held at high standards of proper self-care. After reading the Crisis Intervention; The Neurobiology of Crisis you will be required to develop a self-care treatment plan for yourself. This plan must take into account the five areas needed for a balanced life style. This assignment will have 3 parts.
Crisis Intervention Plan Assignment
The purpose of this assignment is for you, as the crisis interventionist, to learn an organized approach when working with individuals in crisis. In addition, you are asked to be able to critically evaluate news worthy information in your community or nation to determine what constitutes crises. This challenges you to begin viewing the needs of individuals and communities through the lens of a crisis interventionist rather than an individual readings about tragic events, you become an individual reading about the possible needs of those around you, opening your therapeutic heart to reaching out to others in need. Being a crisis interventionist means being someone open to recognizing individuals and communities in crisis, recognizing the threats, being equipped and ready to intervene. Short of hands on experience, this is an effective way to learn intervention strategies. You will take the information from your text, knowledge from your experience in the field, along with other course work and apply it to a real life circumstance that has been reported in the media. ALTHOUGH there are three sections to this assignment it is all one assignment and must be submitted as one document.
The student will complete 2 quizzes in this course. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 50 multiple-choice questions, and have a 1-hour-and-15-minute time limit.
Quiz: Dispositions Reflection
This Dispositions Reflection quiz will ask you to rate yourself on the nine dispositions required for this program by our accrediting bodies using the following scale:
- Exceeds expectations – I believe I do this exceptionally well.
- Clearly meets expectations – I believe I am able to do this in an appropriate way as expected for graduate students at my current position in the program.
- Adequately meets expectations – I believe I do this but could use improvement and growth in this dispositional area.
- Does not meet expectations – I believe I do not do this well and could use improvement.
You can review the Dispositions material located in the Learn sections of Module 1: Week 1 and Module 8: Week 8. We ask that you answer these questions in an open and honest way. There are no “correct” answers for the rating questions quiz, simply answer them honestly and you will receive full credit.
The final question on the quiz is a self-reflection essay question, where you will specifically identify the following:
- One dispositional area in which you believe you need to improve
- One step you will take to improve in the above-mentioned area