MILT 525 Advanced Resilience for Leaders and Caregivers

An advanced graduate study of the key definitions and factors related to how leaders and caregivers create and maintain resilience in themselves and others, focused on the military culture with broad applications to the general population. Topics include the impacts of suffering and trauma on followers, leaders, and caregivers; the Resilience Life Cycle©, disciplines of replenishment for leaders and caregivers, evidence-based research surrounding resilience protocols, and a holistic approach to spiritual equipping for leaders and caregivers.

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

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In moments of introspection, uncertainty, or crisis, you may have you asked yourself “How high do I bounce?” Perhaps the arena where the need for “bounce” (referring to resilience) is most notable is the military. Our nation’s warriors well understand the challenges of bouncing back after repeated deployments, physical or mental wounds or betrayal on the home front. As role models for warriors in every other marketplace and life endeavor, our nation’s military men and women are inspiring and instructive as they meet the challenges of bouncing back. The journey is not easy. Military institutions (including supporting civilian contract agencies) are wrestling mightily with tragically high rates of suicide, post-traumatic stress, and mental and behavioral health issues, as well as what some would term “an unraveling of military families.” In MILT 525, Advanced Resilience for Leaders and Caregivers, the principles central to resilience are presented with respect to the military environment, as well as addresses how leaders and caregivers insure their own resilience while setting conditions to create similar response in the organizations and followers they lead and serve.

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Discussions (4)

Discussion assignments are the online equivalent of a classroom discussion among students. The student will complete 4 Discussions in this course. The student will post one thread of at least 400 words. The student must then post 2 replies. For each thread, students must support his or her assertions with at least 2 scholarly citations in current APA format. Each reply must incorporate at least 1 scholarly citation(s) in APA format. Any sources cited must have been published within the last five years. Acceptable sources include peer-reviewed journal articles, the textbook, etc.

Journal Article Critique Assignment

Each student will choose one of the four articles provided and write a 3-page paper (not including the title page and reference page) using the provided APA formatted paper (template). The review will provide a brief introduction, purpose of the article, impressions, an application section and conclusion.

Book Critique Assignment

The student will write a 5-6-page paper (not counting the title page or reference page) scholarly review and critique of the text Bounce: Living the Resilient Life by Wicks that will consist of the following sections: a summary, personal reflection and analysis, and application. Critique is to be written in current APA format.

Case Study Assignment

The student will select one of the proposed case-study scenarios and write a 8–9 page paper (not counting the title page and reference page) which addresses issues of exploration, intervention, support and application. The paper will adhere to the current APA style and will include a minimum of six peer-reviewed or scholarly sources dated within the past 5 years.

Quizzes (2)

There will be 2 objective quizzes throughout the course. The quiz will consist of multiple-choice and true/false questions. The quizzes are open-book, but the student is not permitted to consult with anyone on the quizzes, take the quizzes in groups, or share answers. Integrity, professionalism, and godly comportment are expected of the student at all times.

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