EDCO 817 Trauma and Current Issues in Marital Counseling

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.

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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.

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Course Requirements Checklist

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

Self-Report Task

One student self-report is required: 1) subscription to Question & Answer Center.

Discussions (3)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be 400–500 words, demonstrate course-related knowledge, and include at least 3 scholarly sources. 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. Discussions are split between 2 modules for this course.

Crisis and Issues Report Paper Assignment

The student will complete a research paper examining individual or family crises and the impact of specifically identified trauma based on video case studies.

Quiz: 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.

Research Review Project: Annotated Bibliography Assignment

The student will submit an expanded annotated bibliography of at least 10 references.

Research Review Project: Paper Assignment

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.

Research Review Project: PowerPoint Assignment

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

Quizzes (3)

Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the previous and assigned modules. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes and contain various multiple-choice questions. Quiz: Infidelity and Recovery will have 25 questions and a time limit of 1 hour; Quiz: Military Marriage Issues will have 50 questions and a time limit of 1 hour and 40 minutes; and Quiz: Family Stress and Transition, Trauma, and Violence will have 100 questions and a time limit of 3 hours and 20 minutes.

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