Advanced Resilience for Leaders and Caregivers – MILT 525

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

Course Description

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.




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.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Articulate an understanding of resilience that is embedded in current scholarly research and theological principles.
  2. Analyze the concept of resilience and its impact on leaders and caregivers.
  3. Construct effective strategies for leaders and caregivers to prevent burnout and compassion fatigue.
  4. Describe an awareness of the role of caregiving/counseling and resilience among the military culture with broad applications to the general population.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings, articles, and lecture presentations/notes.

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Discussion Board forums (4)

The Discussion Board forums are the online equivalent of a classroom discussion among students. The student is expected to post an original thread on the topic assigned by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday of the assigned module/week., Also, each student must submit replies to 2 classmates’ threads by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday of the assigned module/week. Threads should be a minimum 400 words with references to the course texts and course teaching resources. Replies should be a minimum of 200 words, engaging a minimum of two peers in a substantive way that adds to the academic discussion, and include references to the course texts and course teaching resources. Please see the grading rubric in Blackboard for the grading criteria to ensure maximum points for this assignment.

Article Review

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 Review and Critique

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.

Case Study

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.

Exams (2)

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