Crisis & Trauma Counseling – EDCO 790

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

Course Description

This course provides an overview of the aspects of stress and trauma, including examination of seminal texts and concepts. In addition, a foundational understanding of trauma counseling, theories and interventions will be offered, together with definitions, causative factors, incidence rates, and idiomatic factors of a number of traumatic events. Students will consider how science informs the delivery of effective counseling theory and technique for these clients with the goal of integrating ethical, effective, and biblically grounded care.




Intended to provide a background in seminal concepts, theories, and treatment approaches, this course introduces and complements the Traumatology Cognate and offers a single-course overview of the foundations of traumatology to the students in other cognates.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand common causes, symptoms, and incidence rates of traumatic stress.
  2. Demonstrate familiarity with the key principles, neuroscientific evidence, and main theories that undergird empirically-supported treatments of trauma.
  3. Integrate biblical views and principles with an understanding of causes, symptoms, assessment, and treatment of traumatic stress.
  4. Articulate how client characteristics, cultural backgrounds, contexts, and preferences impact responses to traumatic events, receptivity to counseling, and application of trauma interventions and treatments.

Course Assignment

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

In Week 1, the student will create a brief personal biography introducing himself/herself to the class. This brief biography can be a video or written post. It may include some of the following: Current job, cultural/family background, hobbies, and a recent picture.

The goal of the discussion board forums in this course is to engage in an enjoyable, meaningful, and academically thought-provoking conversation simulating a classroom environment. The student will participate in four discussion board forums. For each forum, the student is required to create a 400–450-word thread addressing a specific topic. In addition, he/she must respond to the threads of at least two classmates with 250–300-word replies. The original thread must fully address the assigned topic, incorporate relevant ideas from the course texts, as well as least two relevant journal articles, must articulate course-related knowledge, and demonstrate critical reflection. In the replies, the student must extend the discussion by analyzing and building upon peers’ threads, asking relevant questions as needed. Each reply must incorporate at least one scholarly reference. The student is also required to briefly respond to all classmates who replied to his/her original thread as well as to any questions or comments from the instructor. All assertions must be supported by in-text references in current APA format. Use of first person is appropriate. Threads and replies must be well written, well organized, and focused. (Meets learning outcomes A, B, C, & D)