Crisis & Trauma Counseling – EDCO 790

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

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.

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


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.

Course Assignment

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

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 discussions 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 discussions. 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)

Quizzes (4)

Each of the 4 quizzes will cover the Learn sections for the assigned modules, with the questions divided between the readings and the presentations. The questions are randomized, so contents of each quiz will differ from those taken by other students. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25 multiple-choice questions and have a 60 minute time limit. It must be completed in a single session.

Case Study Assignment

The student will interview an adult who has experienced a traumatic event. The student can complete the interview either face-to-face or via a video-conferencing application such as Web-Ex or Skype. In addition to listening to the interviewee’s presentation of the situation, the student must also note non-verbal aspects of the person’s response, and both of these aspects should be included in the Case Study Assignment. The body of the Case Study Assignment must be 8–10 pages (not including title page, abstract, or references. The Case Study Assignment must be written in current APA format and include a title page, running head, abstract, and a reference page, and include at least 3 scholarly citations to illustrate the nature of the trauma, the reaction(s) of the interviewee, or other relevant factors discovered or witnessed.

PowerPoint Presentation Assignment

The student will select a specific traumatology topic delimited by a traumatic event (e.g. disaster, violence, combat, sexual assault, etc.), a trauma-related diagnosis (e.g. acute stress disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder), or a specific trauma treatment. He or she will prepare a scholarly PowerPoint Presentation Assignment intended for an audience of emerging trauma counselors. The PowerPoint Presentation Assignment must include at least 40 slides (not including bibliography slides) in current APA format. Reference should be made in the PowerPoint Presentation Assignment to at least 10 scholarly articles published within the last five years, in addition to any textbooks, the Bible, and professional or popular sources.

Traumatology Paper Assignment

To illustrate the knowledge gained from this course, the student will submit a formal APA style Traumatology Paper Assignment. The student will summarize his or her understanding of the nature and causes of trauma in general, and then present an in-depth study of one specific type of trauma. The body of the Traumatology Paper Assignment should be between 10 and 12 pages (not including title page, abstract, and references). There must be a minimum of 10 references, 5 of which must be articles from peer-reviewed journals less than 7 years old.