Adult and Familial Trauma – TRMA 810

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

Course Description

This course examines the effects of traumatic events as experienced by Adults and Families. Students will examine causative factors and evidence-based (or empirically supported) treatments of trauma and topical areas of trauma to include Attachment Wounds, PTSD, Sexual Assault, Date Rape, Family Systems Trauma, Terrorism, Domestic and Community Violence, Traumatic Grief, Complex Trauma, and Emerging Trauma Issues. Students will consider how science guides the delivery of effective counseling theory and technique for these Individuals and Families with the goal of integrating ethical, effective, and biblically grounded care.




Trauma is a part of the lives of nearly every person worldwide. Its effects are life-changing and often result in the addition of major dissonance or, in many cases, the destruction of their previous sense of wellbeing or the loss of life. To understand the nature of the issues and the effects and to be able to assist in the amelioration of the symptoms is critical.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Examine key developmental and situational factors in the spectrum of trauma events.
  2. Compare and contrast individual and community susceptibility and responses to traumatic events and be aware of useful interventions.
  3. Explain preventative measures and post event intervention for PTSD.
  4. Distinguish how client characteristics, cultural backgrounds, and client preferences lead to adjustments in individualized and general trauma intervention.
  5. Integrate biblical worldview principles into intervention of trauma-related events.

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 (4)

The goal of the discussion board forums in this course is to engage in an enjoyable, meaningful, and academically thought-provoking conversation simulating a classroom environment. The student will participate in four discussion board forums. For each forum, the student is required to create a 400–450-word thread addressing a specific topic. In addition, he/she must respond to the threads of at least two classmates with 250–300-word replies. The original thread must fully address the assigned topic, incorporate relevant ideas from the course texts, as well as least two relevant journal articles, must articulate course-related knowledge, and demonstrate critical reflection. In the replies, the student must extend the discussion by analyzing and building upon peers’ threads, asking relevant questions as needed. Each reply must incorporate at least one scholarly reference. The student is also required to briefly respond to all classmates who replied to his/her original thread as well as to any questions or comments from the instructor. All assertions must be supported by in-text references in current APA format. Use of first person is appropriate. Threads and replies must be well written, well organized, and focused. The original thread is worth 50 points and the replies 25.

(The Discussion Board Forums meet learning outcomes A, B, C, and D.)

Quizzes (4)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks and be worth 50 points. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25 multiple-choice questions, and have a 60-minute time limit.

(The quizzes meet course learning outcomes A, B, and D.)

Family Trauma Assessment

Compose a short (8-10 pages) current APA paper detailing the traumatic events that have occurred within your family. Include nature of the trauma, approximate age at which it occurred, positive or negative outcomes/effects/coping skills applied, etc. For the effects, substantiate from the literature (e.g. auto accident led to alcohol abuse-as described by Piper). Include at least 5 substantiating references.

(The Family Trauma Assessment meets course learning outcomes A–F.)

PowerPoint Presentation

The student will select a specific traumatology topic delimited by a traumatic event (e.g. disaster, violence, combat, sexual assault, etc.), a trauma-related diagnosis (e.g. acute stress disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder), or a specific trauma treatment. He or she will prepare a scholarly presentation in PowerPoint intended for an audience of emerging trauma counselors. If appropriate to the topic, an overview with definitions, incidence rates, types (of perpetrators/victims as relevant), harm or danger involved, possible spiritual factors, symptoms, assessment, diagnosis and treatment options should be included. An integrated biblical perspective on the topic must be provided. Reference should be made in the presentation to at least ten scholarly articles published within the last ten years, in addition to any textbooks, the Bible, professional or popular sources. The presentation must include at least 40 slides (not including bibliography slides), and these should be visually appealing to a professional audience with appropriate amounts of text and include illustrations in the form of cartoons, drawings, charts, graphs, pictures, film clips, etc. on each slide. Cite all sources, including websites, in APA format on the slides (in text or footnotes), as well as compiled on the last few slides.

(The PowerPoint Presentation meets course learning outcomes A and C.)

Traumatology Paper

The student will combine class resources and additional outside research (at least ten additional scholarly sources) to develop a 12-15 page paper (not including title page, abstract, and references) in an area of Adult/Familial trauma approved by the professor. Alternatively, the student will develop a creative project utilizing an Adobe suite software or other software. The project will address similar content. The student should contact the instructor and present the idea when choosing this option for clarification of expectations.

(The Research Paper meets course-learning outcomes A–F.)