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Online · School of Behavioral Sciences · Psychology

The Resilient Warrior

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 02/04/2020

Course Description

This course will examine in depth the reality of tribulation and trauma in the lives of military warriors (as well as “warriors” in other marketplaces of life), key definitions and factors related to resilience, and the Resilience Life Cycle TM which addresses the Before, During, After, and Learn & Adapt (feedback) phases of personal resilience and Comprehensive Personal Fitness.



PSYC 101 or PSYC 210


In moments of introspection, uncertainty, or crisis, many have asked themselves “How high do I bounce?” Or, looking into an uncertain future, anticipating the hard and concrete realities of overwhelming life situations, they may question, “How high will I bounce?” During days of a crippled economy, persistent terror threats, terrifying natural disasters, wars and rumors of wars, it is natural to ask such questions.

Perhaps the arena where the need for “bounce” (referring to resilience) is most notable is the military. Our nation’s warriors well understand the challenges of bouncing back after repeated deployments, physical or mental wounds, or betrayal on the home front. As role models for warriors in every other marketplace and life endeavor, our nation’s military men and women are inspiring and instructive as they meet the challenges of bouncing back. The journey is not easy. Military institutions (including supporting civilian contract agencies) are wrestling mightily with tragically high rates of suicide, post-traumatic stress, and mental and behavioral health issues, as well as what some would term “an unraveling of military families.” In particular, the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs are devoting significant resources and leadership focus towards programs and protocols that mitigate these alarming trends and promote resilience. They are making progress, but the challenges remain daunting.

This course is intended to complement these ongoing efforts to help veterans, military personnel, their families, and the general population develop resilience and bounce back from trauma without getting stuck, and even higher than before. It also provides foundational work for those seeking to help others beset by the traumas of war, as well as the tribulations of daily living.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Possess basic understanding of the theology of suffering and the reality of tribulation across a broad spectrum of life scenarios.
  2. Explain the concepts of resilience and Comprehensive Personal Fitness™ as important life skills to maintain physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, and relational balance in the face of actual or potential significant life traumas.
  3. Understand the Resilience Life Cycle™ and specific Before, During, and After applications to enhance resilience.
  4. Better help others to prepare for, weather, and recover from the storms of life.
  5. Examine, discuss, and integrate all issues, theories, assumptions, materials, etc., presented in the course in accord with current scholarly standards and practices.
  6. Examine, discuss, and integrate all issues, theories, assumptions, materials, etc., presented in the course through the lens of Scripture.

Course Resources

Required Resources

The following textbooks/materials will be mailed to you free of charge:

Dees, R. (2011). Resilient warriors. San Diego, CA: Creative Team Publishing.

Dees, R. (2011). Resilient warriors advanced study guide. San Diego, CA: Creative Team Publishing.

Disclaimer: The above resource(s) provide(s) information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these(this) resource(s).

Recommended Resources

Adsit, C. (2007). The combat trauma healing manual: Christ-centered solutions for combat trauma. Newport News, VA: Military Ministry Press. ISBN: 9781419678202.

Barton, R. H. (2008). Strengthening the soul of your leadership: Seeking God in the crucible of ministry. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press / IVP Books. ISBN: 9780830835133.

Clark, A. (2007). Wounded soldier, healing warrior: A personal story of a Vietnam veteran who lost his legs but found his soul. St. Paul, MN: Zenith Press. ISBN: 9780760331132.

DeMoss, N. L. (2006). Choosing forgiveness: Your journey to freedom. Chicago, IL: Moody Press. ISBN: 9780802432537.

———. (2009). Choosing gratitude: Your journey to joy. Chicago, IL: Moody Press. ISBN: 9780802432520.

Light University. (2009). Stress and trauma care: With military applications. Forest, VA: Light University. (Counseling Certificate Training Program. DVD series with workbook. (

Manion, J. (2010). The land between: Finding God in difficult times. Grand Rapids: MI. Zondervan, 2010. ISBN: 9780310329985.

Smiley, S. (2010). Hope unseen: The story of the U.S. Army’s first blind active-duty officer. New York: Howard Books, 2010. ISBN: 9781439183793.

Stowell, J. M. (2006). The upside of down: Finding hope when it hurts. Grand Rapids, MI.: Discovery House. ISBN: 9781572939011.

Additional Materials for Learning

    1. APA formatting information:
    2. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment (DVD)
    3. Blackboard recommended browsers
    4. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    5. Microsoft Office

Course Assignments

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 (5)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is expected to create a thread on the topic assigned and reply to at least 1 classmate for Discussion Board Forums 1–4. Threads must be at least 350 words and address the topic in a clear and concise fashion, using outside sources (properly cited quotations or paraphrases from course textbooks, other books, journal articles, and/or the lecture material) as needed to support one’s point. Replies must be at least 200 words. Also, the student is required to reply to the comments to his or her own thread as needed to foster a healthy online learning atmosphere. (Relates to Learning Outcomes A, B, D, E, and F)

Research Paper

The student will build an 4–6-pages of body research paper in current APA format. This paper must include a title page, abstract, and references page, which are not included in the page count. Over the duration of the course, the student will build and submit his or her paper in 3 parts. These parts include creating a title and references page, creating an abstract and outline, and the submission of the final paper. (SLO: C, E and F)

Title Page and References Page

The student will compose the Title Page for the Research Paper and submit it with the References Page. The student will compile a list of at least 5 outside resources, not including the required textbooks or the Bible. Outside resources must be current (within the last 10 years) and must be cited in current APA format. The student will have access to interactive tutorial exercises to help master current APA title and reference page formatting.

Abstract and Outline

The student will submit an Abstract and content Outline. In APA formatting, the Abstract is not a traditional Introduction, but rather provides the reader with a road-map of what follows. The Outline is expected to contain 2 levels of current APA edition headings and must include the expected resources for each level. The student will have access to interactive tutorial exercises to help master current APA abstract and outline formatting.

Final Submission

This is where the student ties all of the parts of the paper together and submits his or her complete Research Paper in current APA format. All prior documents will be included along with the 4–6 pages of body text (excluding Title Page, Abstract, and References pages in the page count). The student will proofread carefully, check formatting, and submit his or her work with confidence. The student be able to submit a draft to help gauge the validity of their work. (Relates to Learning Outcomes A, B, C, D, E, and F)

Exams (4)

Each exam will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a time limit of 30 minutes. Each exam will be cumulative in nature.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

Discussion Board Forums (5 at 50 pts each)



Research Paper

Title Page and References Page

Abstract and Outline

Final Submission



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 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

900-1010 800-899 700-799 600-699 0-599

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


MILT 275

Textbooks: Dees, Resilient Warriors (2011a).

Dees, Resilient Warriors Advanced Study Guide (2011b).


Reading & Study




Dees (2011a): Introduction, chs. 1–2

Dees (2011b): chs. 1–2

1 presentation

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1





Dees (2011a): chs. 3–4

Dees (2011b): chs. 3–4

1 presentation

Research Paper: Title Page and References Page

Exam 1




Dees (2011a): ch. 5

Dees (2011b): ch. 5

1 presentation

DB Forum 2



Dees (2011a): ch. 6

Dees (2011b): ch. 6

1 presentation

Research Paper: Abstract and Outline

Exam 2




Dees (2011a): ch. 7

Dees (2011b): ch. 7

1 presentation

DB Forum 3



Dees (2011a): ch. 8

Dees (2011b): ch. 8

1 presentation

Research Paper: Final Submission



Dees (2011a): ch. 9

Dees (2011b): ch. 9

1 presentation

DB Forum 4

Exam 3




Dees (2011a): ch. 10

Dees (2011b): ch. 10

1 presentation

DB Forum 5

Exam 4





DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Each course module/week (except for Module/Week 1) begins on Tuesday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Monday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.