Assessment and Testing in the Treatment of Trauma – TRMA 830

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 09/05/2023

Course Description

An advanced application of assessment, testing, and appraisal methodology specifically geared towards the assessment of trauma and severe crises. These assessments will be examined and Analyzed regarding the ethical use and interpretation of tests and assessments with individuals suffering with Acute Stress, Complex Stress, and Post-Traumatic Stress disorders. Emphasis is on the use of tests and assessments to facilitate appropriate and timely professional interventions.

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


With the ever-increasing incidents of crisis and trauma in the world today, counselors must increase their knowledge and skill-set for dealing with the variety of ways that individuals and families will display trauma in their daily lives. Using assessments allows the counselor to get as much information as possible in the early counseling sessions, which can then be used in building an effective treatment plan. This information can also be used to decide whether clients are making progress in treatment, and if they are ready for the end of treatment.

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 the Course Overview.

Discussions (3)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences and are the online equivalent of a classroom discussion among students. Therefore, the student is expected to post a thread on the topic assigned. Discussion threads must address the topic in a clear and concise fashion, using outside sources (quotes from course textbooks, other books, and/or journal articles) as needed to support his/her point. Discussion threads are usually 3-4 paragraphs while discussion replies may be fairly brief and to the point. Each discussion thread must be a minimum of 500 words in length and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the discussion thread, the student is required to reply to 3 other classmates’ discussion threads the following week. Each discussion reply must be 100-200 words in length. (Outcome: C)

Trauma Case Study Assignments (3)

The student will review three trauma case studies and develop a conceptualization paper, diagnosis, and short treatment plan on a civilian adult (part 1), military adult (part 2), and a child (part 3). While the case studies are not traditional research papers, the student will need to follow the current APA formatting (Outcomes: B, C, D, E).

Quizzes (4)

Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the assigned modules. Quizzes will be open-book/open-notes, containing 40 multiple-choice questions with a 60-minute time limit. Quizzes are worth 100 points each. (Outcomes: A, C, E)