Internet Explorer 7, 8, and 9 are no longer supported. Please use a newer browser.
Concourse works best with JavaScript enabled.
Liberty University logo

Online · School of Behavioral Sciences · Community Care and Counseling

PTSD and Combat Related Trauma
CRIS-607

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/13/2020

Course Description

This course will examine in depth the causes, symptoms and treatments of PTSD and Combat-related PTSD, taking into account the latest research in the field and examining the affective, behavioral, cognitive and spiritual challenges faced by survivors.

Requisites

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

More than half of all Americans experience traumatic stress and may develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In certain groups, (first responders, military, rape and violent crime victims, etc.) exposure and contraction rates are much higher. The Pentagon recently stated that at least 30% of returning troops from Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from Combat-related PTSD. Professional counselors and pastors will face the challenge of counseling and assisting individuals and families affected by PTSD at an ever-increasing rate. Due to the nature of the disorder, specific knowledge is needed to assist clients and parishioners in this area.

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

Course Resources

Required Resource Purchases

Adsit, C. (2008). The combat trauma healing manual: Christ-centered solutions for combat trauma. Newport News, VA: Military Ministry Press. ISBN: 9781419678202.

Cash, A. (2005). Wiley concise guides to mental health: Posttraumatic stress disorder. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. ISBN: 9780471705130.

Friedman, M. (2015). Posttraumatic and acute stress disorders (6th ed.). New York, NY: Springer Publishing. ISBN: 9783319150659.

Recommended Resources

Courtois, C. A., & Ford, J. D. (2009). Treating complex traumatic stress disorders. New York, NY: The Guilford Press. ISBN: 9781606230398.

Friedman, M. J., Keane, T. M., & Resick, P. A. (2014). Handbook of PTSD: Science and practice (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Guilford Press. ISBN: 9781462525492.

Reyes, G., Elhai, J. D., & Ford, J. D. (2008). The encyclopedia of psychological trauma. New York, NY: Wiley. ISBN: 9780470110065.

Scott, M. J., & Stradling, S. G. (2006). Counseling for post-traumatic stress disorder. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. ISBN: 9781412921008.

Van der Kolk, B. A., McFarlane, A. C., & Weisaeth. (2007). Traumatic stress: The effects of overwhelming experience on mind, body, and society. New York, NY: Guilford Press. ISBN: 9781572304574.

Disclaimer: The above texts provide information consistent with that required by state licensing boards in the class subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these texts.

Additional Materials for Learning

    1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Blackboard recommended browsers
    4. Microsoft Word

Course Assignments

Reading Assignments

As shown in the Course Schedule, there are 3 texts that will be read during this course. Quizzes will include questions based on this material, as well as from the embedded presentations viewed, so it is important to stay current.

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Class Introduction Discussion Board (non graded)

Discussion Board Forums (4)

The Discussion Board forums are the online equivalent of a classroom discussion among students. You are expected to post an original thread on the topic assigned by 11:59 Wednesday evening of weeks 2, 3, 5, and 7, and at least one response thread each to two other students by 11:59 of Sunday evening that week . Original threads should address the topic in a clear and concise fashion, using outside sources (quotes from our texts, other books and/or journal articles) as needed to support one’s point. Response threads should be a reply to someone else’s original thread. Also reply to some of the comments to your original posts, as needed. Please see the grading rubric for specifics. Discussion Board posts are class wide and not by small group in this class. Each Discussion Board Post is worth 50 points total.

Video Presentations

You will be viewing 12 presentations embedded in the course, each about 50 minutes in length. As you view these, take notes on the content which you will then be allowed to use when taking the quiz over the content, as described below. The videos often reference handouts; however, LUO does not have access to the handouts.

Quizzes (4)

There will be 4 quizzes over the presentations and material from the texts. The quizzes are multiple choice and true/false in nature and are timed. You may use your notes and texts, but as they are time limited, only by becoming familiar with the material in advance will you be able to complete them successfully. Time begins when the quiz is opened and multiple attempts are not allowed. The questions are selected at random, so each quiz will vary in its content.

Reading Report (2)

The reading report is a short APA style paper designed for students to interact with selected chapters from Cash, Friedman, and Adsit from the perspective of the student’s course of study and future career interests. Grades will be assigned based on quality of content, evidence of critical thinking and application. Reading Report 1 is due in Week 3 and Reading Report 2 is due in Week 7. Please see the instructions and grading rubric for additional information.

Research Paper Topic Assignment

In this one page paper, the student will articulate the proposed topic of the research paper due in Week 6. The topic must be somehow related to PTSD or combat stress. However, the specific focus of the paper will be determined by the student’s area of study, interests, and career goals. Research paper Topic instructions are posted in Week 1 and provides more detail. The research paper topic assignment is due 11:59 pm EST on Sunday of Week 1.

Research Paper

Write a professional research paper of 7–8 pages  (not counting your title page or reference page) investigating PTSD in relation to a specific trauma, population, symptom or co-occuring disorder.  At minimum, the paper should include a brief summary of PTSD (including key symptoms), exploration of treatment options or ways to serve those impacted by PTSD, and integration of a Biblical worldview or Scriptural principles. You may include additional information based on your interest area.  A minimum of 8 scholarly sources (books and journal articles) is required.  Grades will be assigned based on quality of content, utilization of APA style, the richness of citations utilized, quality of expression, and biblical integration presented. This will be due on Sunday evening at 11:59 pm EST of Week 6. Please see the instructions and grading rubric for additional information.

Course Grading

Course requirements Checklist

10     

Paper topic

50

Discussion Board forums (4 at 50 pts each)

200

Research Paper

150

Reading Report 1

100

Reading Report 2

100

Quiz 1

(Weeks 1 & 2)

100

Quiz 2

(Weeks 3 & 4)

100

Quiz 3

(Weeks 5 & 6)

100

Quiz 4

(Weeks 7 & 8)

100

Total

1010

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
940-1010 920-939 900-919 860-899 840-859 820-839 780-819 760-779 740-759 700-739 680-699 679 and below

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Schedule

 

CRIS 607

Textbooks: Adsit, The Combat Trauma Healing Manual: Christ-centered Solutions for Combat Trauma (2008).

Cash, Wiley Concise Guides to Mental Health: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (2005).

Friedman, Posttraumatic and Acute Stress Disorders (2015).

 

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Cash: ch. 1–3

Friedman: ch. 1–2

1 presentation

Course Requirements Checklist

Paper Topic

10

50

2

Cash: ch. 4–7

1 presentation

Quiz 1

Discussion Board Post 1

100

50

3

Cash: ch. 8, 10–11

Friedman: ch. 3–4

1 presentation

Discussion Board Post 2

Reading Report 1

50

100

4

Cash: ch. 12–15

1 presentation

Quiz 2

 

100

5

Cash: ch. 16–17

Friedman: ch. 5–6

1 presentation

Discussion Board Post 3

 

50

6

Cash: ch. 9, 19–21

1 presentation

Quiz 3

Research Paper

100

150

7

Adsit: 1-5

3 presentations

Discussion Board Post 4

Reading Report 2

50

100

8

Adsit: 6-10

3 presentations

Quiz 4

 

100

 

Total

1010

 

 

NOTE: Each course week begins on Monday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.