Child Adolescent Trauma Research Design – TRMA 800

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

Course Description

This course examines the effects of traumatic events as experienced by children and adolescents. 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 Abuse, Physical and Emotional Abuse and Neglect, Domestic and Community Violence, Traumatic Grief, Complex Trauma, and Emerging Trauma Issues. Students will consider how science informs the delivery of effective counseling theory and technique for these clients with the goal of integrating ethical, effective and biblically grounded care

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


Those involved in Trauma work with Children and Adolescents recognize that this is both an emerging and rapidly expanding field of care. Knowledge of the elements of the “Trauma response” and the need for efficacious treatments have ccreated the demand for a course that addresses the types of trauma encounterd by Children and Adolescents as well as the various theories, techniques, and best practices related to assisting this population.

Course Assignment

Course Requirements Checklist

In accord with Federal Regulations, students will complete a short non-content related quiz during the first 3 days of the semester, and a similar quiz in the last week of the semester. Completion is necessary for continued enrollment in the class.

Discussion Board Forums

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum, and will also respond to at least 2 of their classmate's posts. The original thread should be at least 800 words and must demonstrate course-related knowledge, and must be supported by at least 2 sources, one of which must be in addition to the texts and presentations, as well as appropriate scriptures. Reply posts should be at least 300 words apiece. Additional information is available in Course Content (Relates to learning outcomes A, B, C, D).

4MAT Papers

Students are expected to complete two (2) 4Mat papers during the course of their study. You may choose any two books with a strong premarital or marital focus to review. Instructions for the completion of these papers can be found in Appendix A (Relates to learning outcomes A, B, C, D).

Movie Reviews

Students are expected to complete two (2) movie reviews focused on the topic of Childhood/Adolescent trauma. Watch a movie of your choosing with a strong crisis/trauma theme and then complete your critique of the movie as it relates to the topic of truma. Give particular attention to how you might use the ideas presented in this movie to counsel someone dealing with trauma. This assignment should have a title page which will have your name, the course, the instructor, the assignment # (Movie review #1), and the date. Instructions for the completion of this review can be found in Appendix B (Relates to learning outcomes A, B, C, D).

Trauma PowerPoint Project

For this assignment, the student will complete a PowerPoint presentation and a written summary covering a trauma related topic. The written portion should include an outline of the project with appropriate headings and should include: a global overview of the topic in addition to issues including prevalence, severity, the  “best practices for treatment”, and preferred theoretical modalities (make a heading for each of the topics mentioned above). This project can serve as a presentation for overall awareness, a therapeutic group, a curriculum, etc…  The PowerPoint portion should have a minimum of 40 visually appealing slides, with each slide including illustrations in the form of pictures, clip art, charts, etc. Cite all sources, including websites, in APA format in the footer of the slides, and then collect these references and append them on the last few slides in a standard reference format. Reference should be made in the presentation to at least 10 sources, in addition to any material taken from the textbooks. (Relates to learning outcomes A, B, C, D).