Childhood Issues, Trauma and Abuse – DBPC 615

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/03/2020

Course Description

Students will explore counseling strategies for helping parents and minor clients by analyzing and synthesizing information and readings outlining the various effects on the child from such issues as sexual abuse and related trauma, as well as issues of divorce. Additional topics include addressing childhood ADHD and problems related to conduct. Guidance is provided regarding the role of church programs, processes, and responses in addressing the various topics related to childhood. Ethics related to report ability, church responsibilities and requirements are discussed.




This course offers counselors, pastors and parenting champions the insights and tools necessary for helping parents and families navigate difficult or exceptional issues in a way that fosters a thriving environment for both parent and child. In addition, specific counseling theories and techniques are examined, which have been found to be effective for working with families of abused or traumatized children, an ever growing population.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify childhood issues that impede emotional, relational and spiritual growth.
  2. Recognize and assess for possible child abuse, including but not limited to, identifying the complex risk factors and environments for abuse to occur and demonstrating knowledge of effective intervention on a child’s behalf.
  3. Identify the procedures for mandated reporting of child abuse.
  4. Assess for childhood issues and develop a counseling plan for the entire family.
  5. Identify the symptoms of childhood anxiety, depression and grief.
  6. Construct a developmentally appropriate framework for counseling children who are facing traumatic childhood issues.
  7. Identify the legal, ethical and forensic issues involved in his or her respective state and how they are applied to working with children and families with abuse and domestic issues.
  8. Develop a framework for helping churches become advocates who both respond to and proactively prevent childhood abuse.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

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 (4)

Each forum will require the student to answer questions with a minimum of 400 words based on that particular module/week’s readings (Dr. Dobson’s works and/or the core text), as well as video/audio content. The student will be required to post at least 2 replies of 200 words each to other students’ threads.

State Reporting Laws Summary

The student will research the child abuse reporting laws in his or her respective state, as well as pertinent federal laws, that are geared for child educators, healthcare professionals, counselors, pastors and citizens. The findings must be summarized in a 3-page paper (not including Title Page and References), written in current APA style and describing the protocols and procedures for the aforementioned groups of people. The paper must include the state’s definitions of various types of abuse and any relevant information related to the student’s specific profession or professional interests.

Community Agency Review 1 and 2 Assignment

The student will search the Internet for two County, State, or Federal service provider agencies in the student’s geographical area, and present a Summary, Analysis, and Application of each agency based from the instructions provided in the assignment instructions. The total length of this assignment is up to 6 pages (not including Title Page and Reference Page).

4 MAT Review: The New Strong-Willed Child (Dobson, 2004)

The 4 MAT Review system is a way of responding to readings that requires the learner to interact with new ideas on several levels, including a Summary, Concrete Responses, a Reflection, and Personal Application. Students will complete a 4MAT review on one of Dobson’s books. Please see the specific assignment instructions included with the course materials.

Final Project Synthesis: Community Agency, Networking & Intervention

The student will use the agencies reviewed in the Community Agency Review assignment, and the Kearney (2001) text to develop this final assignment. The assignment will be up to 6-7 pages (not including Title Page and Reference Page). The assignment will include identification of core points and details in the Kearney text, in application to the case scenario provided in the assignment instructions. Sections will also include development of a plan for collaborating with community service agencies, and ethics involved.