Trauma Assessment and Interventions – CRIS 305

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course will examine in depth the causes, symptoms and treatments of both trauma-related and "normal" relations to exceptional violence, taking into account the latest research in the field and examining the affective, behavioral, cognitive and spiritual challenges faced by survivors. Included, among others, will be community, military and church-based responses to such events as crime, school and workplace violence, domestic violence, motor vehicle accidents, and sexual assault.

Prerequisites

CRIS 302, Advanced undergraduate standing, as indicated by having completed a minimum of 18 hours of Psychology courses.

 

Rationale

It is undeniable that today’s society is saturated by violence. The average child will witness over 200,000 acts of violence on TV by the time he or she turns 18. Around 35% of the women and 22% of the men who arrive at hospital emergency rooms are there due to domestic violence. While some who experience trauma of this type are able to adequately cope, many are not. Counselors and community workers need to be aware of the effects of trauma on individuals and the ways in which these effects may be treated; this course is intended to address that need.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Explain the nature of various types of violence and the effects on the body, mind, emotions, and the spiritual dimension of the individual.
  2. Compare and contrast various types of treatment for violence-related trauma.
  3. Examine, discuss, and integrate all issues, theories, assumptions, materials, etc. presented in the course in accord with current scholarly standards and practices.
  4. Examine, discuss, and integrate all issues, theories, assumptions, materials, etc. presented in the course through the lens of Scripture.
  5. Analyze and apply the components of comprehensive trauma assessment considering the differential impact trauma has on individuals, families, groups, and communities.

Course Assignment

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 Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to post a thread on the topic assigned and at least 1 reply to another classmate’s thread. Threads must address the topic in a clear and concise fashion, using at least 1 outside source as needed to support the student’s point. Additionally, the student is required to reply to 1 of classmate’s thread.

Research Paper

Part I: This section will include a title page, references page with at least 3 sources, and 1.5–2 pages covering the History of Violence in America, Contributing Factors for Violence, and the Definition of Trauma.

Part II: This section will include a title page, a references page with at least 3 sources, and 1.5–2 pages presenting 2–3 theoretical approaches for working with clients in trauma.

Part III: This section will include a title page, a references page with at least 2 sources, and 1.5–2 pages presenting 2–3 interventions to use with clients in trauma.

Final Research Paper: For this Final Research Paper assignment, the student will compile Parts I–III into one document, including a title page, introduction, Parts I–III, biblical integration, conclusion, and references page. This assignment should include at least 5 sources.

Case Study Paper

The student will select a case study from the Glicken and Sechrest text and apply 3–4 interventions found within the Rosenbloom and Williams text. The student will also integrate a Christian worldview into this assignment.

Quizzes (8)

Quizzes cover the assigned reading in the Glicken and Sechrest text. Each quiz will contain 20 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and will have a 1-hour time limit.