Advanced Military Mental and Behavioral Health – MILT 675

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

Course Description

This course will cover advanced assessment and treatment of military mental and behavioral health issues, including Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and related stressors. Topics to be covered include “best practices” for treating depression, suicidal ideation, addictions, and other prevalent mental and behavioral disorders.

Prerequisite

None

Rationale

The stressors faced by members of the military rank among the most intense faced by any group. Military combat exposure is ranked as the most likely occurrence to cause Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and it provides an environment wherein Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is always a possibility. The Pentagon recently stated that at least 30% of returning troops from Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from Combat-related PTSD. Those working with our military will face the challenge of counseling and assisting individuals and families affected by PTSD, TBI, and additional challenges at an ever-increasing rate. Those who put their lives on the line are worthy of the best help available.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain the nature of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the effects on the body, mind, emotions, and spiritual dimension of military personnel.
  2. Explain the nature of Combat-related Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and TBI as well as the effects on the body, mind, emotions, and spiritual dimension of the individual.
  3. Contrast various types of treatment for PTSD/Combat-related PTSD and TBI.
  4. Examine all issues, theories, assumptions, materials, etc. presented in the course in accord with current scholarly standards and practices.
  5. Examine all issues, theories, assumptions, materials, etc. presented in the course through the lens of Scripture.
  6. Analyze the components of comprehensive trauma assessment, considering the differential impact trauma has on individuals, families, groups, and communities.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E)

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 (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will complete 4 Discussion Board Forums in this course. The student will create a thread of at least 250–300 words. In addition to the thread, the student will submit 2 replies of 100–150 words each. Each thread and reply must be supported by at least 2 sources in current APA format. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E)

Treatment Plan

The student will complete a Treatment Plan in this course. This plan will be a compilation of tentative diagnoses, short and long-term goals, activities, and projected outcomes presented in a standardized format. This plan must be 4–8 pages and must cite at least 5 sources in current APA format. A template will be provided. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F)

Research Paper

This assignment will be completed in 2 parts:

Reference List

The student will compile a list of at least 10 scholarly references in current APA format to be used for his/her research paper. This Reference List must be 2–3 pages, not including the title page. The title of the paper must indicate the topic of the paper. No more than 2 books may be used, and the specific chapter related to the topic must be included.

Paper

The student will write a 12–15-page research paper (including title page, abstract, and reference list) in this course. Content, grammar and current APA style will be evaluated. (MLO: B, C, D, E, F)

Quizzes (4)

The student will complete 4 quizzes in this course. Each quiz includes multiple-choice questions based on the assigned Reading & Study material. All quizzes are open-book/open-notes and must be completed in 50 minutes. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F)