PTSD and Combat Related Trauma – CRIS 607

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 PTSD and Combat-related PTSD, taking into account the latest research in the field and examining the affective, behavioral, cognitive and spiritual challenges faced by survivors.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

More than half of all Americans experience traumatic stress and may develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In certain groups, (first responders, military, rape and violent crime victims, etc.) exposure and contraction rates are much higher. The Pentagon recently stated that at least 30% of returning troops from Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from Combat-related PTSD. Professional counselors and pastors will face the challenge of counseling and assisting individuals and families affected by PTSD at an ever-increasing rate. Due to the nature of the disorder, specific knowledge is needed to assist clients and parishioners in this area.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

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

Course Assignment

Reading Assignments

As shown in the Course Schedule, there are 3 texts that will be read during this course. Quizzes will include questions based on this material, as well as from the embedded presentations viewed, so it is important to stay current.

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Class Introduction Discussion Board (non graded)

Discussion Board Forums (4)

The Discussion Board forums are the online equivalent of a classroom discussion among students. You are expected to post an original thread on the topic assigned by 11:59 Wednesday evening of weeks 2, 3, 5, and 7, and at least one response thread each to two other students by 11:59 of Sunday evening that week . Original threads should address the topic in a clear and concise fashion, using outside sources (quotes from our texts, other books and/or journal articles) as needed to support one’s point. Response threads should be a reply to someone else’s original thread. Also reply to some of the comments to your original posts, as needed. Please see the grading rubric for specifics. Discussion Board posts are class wide and not by small group in this class. Each Discussion Board Post is worth 50 points total.

Video Presentations

You will be viewing 12 presentations embedded in the course, each about 50 minutes in length. As you view these, take notes on the content which you will then be allowed to use when taking the quiz over the content, as described below. The videos often reference handouts; however, LUO does not have access to the handouts.

Quizzes (4)

There will be 4 quizzes over the presentations and material from the texts. The quizzes are multiple choice and true/false in nature and are timed. You may use your notes and texts, but as they are time limited, only by becoming familiar with the material in advance will you be able to complete them successfully. Time begins when the quiz is opened and multiple attempts are not allowed. The questions are selected at random, so each quiz will vary in its content.

Reading Report (2)

The reading report is a short APA style paper designed for students to interact with selected chapters from Cash, Friedman, and Adsit from the perspective of the student’s course of study and future career interests. Grades will be assigned based on quality of content, evidence of critical thinking and application. Reading Report 1 is due in Week 3 and Reading Report 2 is due in Week 7. Please see the instructions and grading rubric for additional information.

Research Paper Topic Assignment

In this one page paper, the student will articulate the proposed topic of the research paper due in Week 6. The topic must be somehow related to PTSD or combat stress. However, the specific focus of the paper will be determined by the student’s area of study, interests, and career goals. Research paper Topic instructions are posted in Week 1 and provides more detail. The research paper topic assignment is due 11:59 pm EST on Sunday of Week 1.

Research Paper

Write a professional research paper of 7–8 pages  (not counting your title page or reference page) investigating PTSD in relation to a specific trauma, population, symptom or co-occuring disorder.  At minimum, the paper should include a brief summary of PTSD (including key symptoms), exploration of treatment options or ways to serve those impacted by PTSD, and integration of a Biblical worldview or Scriptural principles. You may include additional information based on your interest area.  A minimum of 8 scholarly sources (books and journal articles) is required.  Grades will be assigned based on quality of content, utilization of APA style, the richness of citations utilized, quality of expression, and biblical integration presented. This will be due on Sunday evening at 11:59 pm EST of Week 6. Please see the instructions and grading rubric for additional information.