PTSD and Combat Related Trauma – CRIS 607

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/27/2021

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.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

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 survivors, 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

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.

Research Paper Topic Assignment

In this one page paper, the student will articulate a proposed topic for further research. The topic must be somehow related to PTSD or combat stress, though the specific focus of the paper will be determined by the student’s area of study, interests, and career goals. (MLOs: A, B, C, D, E, F)

Discussions (4)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be at least 400 words, use at least 2 citations in current APA or Turabian format, and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads.
Each reply must be at least 200 words. (MLOs: A, B, C, D, E, F)

Reading Report Assignments (2)

The Reading Report Assignments are short papers (5 total pages, including title page and references list/bibliography) designed to allow students the opportunity to interact with selected chapters from Cash, Friedman, and Adsit. Reading Report Assignments will include summary, application, and critical thinking sections, allowing students to discuss the material from the perspective of their own courses of study and career goals. (MLOs: A, B, C, D, F)

Research Paper Assignment

Students will write a professional research paper of 7-8 pages (not including the title page or references/bibliography page) investigating PTSD in relation to a specific trauma, population, symptom or comorbid disorder.  At minimum, the paper should include a summary of PTSD (including key symptoms), exploration of treatment options, and integration of a Biblical worldview or Scriptural principles. The paper must be supported by published research and include a minimum of eight scholarly, peer-reviewed resources published within the last eight years. (MLOs: A, B, C, D, E, F)

Quizzes (4)

There will be 4 quizzes in this course over the assigned video presentations. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 20 multiple choice and/or true/false questions, and have a 30-minute time limit. (MLOs: C, D, E)