Trauma and Current Issues in Marital Counseling – EDCO 817

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

Course Description

An in-depth review of causes, interactions, effects, and treatment of trauma occurring within the marriage, with a special emphasis placed on intimate partner violence, as well as infidelity, empty nest syndrome, limited duration marital contracts, and other current trends.




How a couple reacts to the most difficult situations defines and sets parameters for the relationship. For a counselor or community care worker to make a difference, he or she should be aware of the issues and of options for assistance. One size does not fit all, and the uniqueness of the individuals and the relationship must be considered, as well as the particulars of a Christian worldview framework.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Evaluate traumatic issues and dilemmas that fall outside the parameters of “normal” marital situations and be aware of potential intervention modalities.
  2. Analyze the impact of multicultural, non-traditional, intergenerational, and violence-related factors on marital relationships.
  3. Discuss all issues, theories, assumptions, materials, etc. presented in the course in accord with current scholarly standards and practices.
  4. Examine all issues, theories, assumptions, materials, etc. presented in the course through the lens of a biblical worldview.
  5. Adhere to codes of conduct of the AACC when working with individuals and families.

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 Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 400–500 words, demonstrate course-related knowledge, and include at least 2 scholarly sources: 1 from the course textbook and 1 from a scholarly book or article. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to the threads of at least 2 classmates. Each reply must be 200–250 words. Discussion Board Forums are split between 2 modules/weeks for this course. Both the thread and the reply are graded, with the points being allotted in the replies module/week.

Crisis and Issues Report

The student will compile a report showing the crises and issues they, their siblings, and their parents faced. Grandparents, spouse, etc. may be substituted if there are no siblings. The student must examine at least 7 people, with a total of at least 14 crises.

Research Review Project

Topic Submission

The student must choose his or her top 3 choices from a provided list of topics and submit them for approval. Only 1 topic is allowed per student.

Annotated Bibliography

The student will submit an expanded Annotated Bibliography of at least 10 references in current APA format.


The student will write a 4–6-page research-based paper in current APA format that focuses on a chosen, provided topic related to a crisis or trauma issue in family counseling. The paper must include at least 10 references from his or her updated expanded Annotated Bibliography.

PowerPoint Presentation

As a culmination to the Research Review Project, the student will create an annotated PowerPoint Presentation based on his or her research.

Exams (3)

Each exam will cover the Reading & Study material for the previous and assigned modules/weeks. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes and contain various multiple-choice questions. Exam 1 will have 25 questions and a time limit of 1 hour; Exam 2 will have 50 questions and a time limit of 1 hour and 15 minutes; and Exam 3 will have 100 questions and a time limit of 2 hours.