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Online · School of Behavioral Sciences · Community Care and Counseling

Advanced Resilience for Leaders and Caregivers

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

Course Description

An advanced graduate study of the key definitions and factors related to how leaders and caregivers create and maintain resilience in themselves and others, focused on the military culture with broad applications to the general population. Topics include the impacts of suffering and trauma on followers, leaders, and caregivers; the Resilience Life Cycle©, disciplines of replenishment for leaders and caregivers, evidence based research surrounding resilience protocols, and a holistic approach to spiritual equipping for leaders and caregivers.





In moments of introspection, uncertainty, or crisis, you may have you asked yourself “How high do I bounce?” 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 MILT 525, Advanced Resilience for Leaders and Caregivers, the principles central to resilience are presented with respect to the military environment, as well as addresses how leaders and caregivers insure their own resilience while setting conditions to create similar response in the organizations and followers they lead and serve.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Articulate an understanding of resilience that is embedded in current scholarly research and theological principles.
  2. Analyze the concept of resilience and its impact on leaders and caregivers.
  3. Construct effective strategies for leaders and caregivers to prevent burnout and compassion fatigue.
  4. Describe an awareness of the role of caregiving/counseling and resilience among the military culture with broad applications to the general population.

Course Resources

Required Resource Purchases

Dees, R. (2011). Resilient warriors. San Diego, CA: Creative Team Publishing. ISBN: 9780983891949.

Dees, R. (2012). Resilient warriors advanced study guide. San Diego, CA: Creative Team Publishing. ISBN: 9780983891956.

Wicks, R.J. (2009). Bounce: Living the resilient life. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. ISBN: 9780195367683.

Disclaimer: The above resources 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 (DVD)
    2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
    3. Blackboard recommended browsers
    4. Microsoft Word (Microsoft Office is available at a special discount to Liberty University students.)

Course Assignments

Textbook readings, articles, and lecture presentations/notes.

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Discussion Board forums (4)

The Discussion Board forums are the online equivalent of a classroom discussion among students. The student is expected to post an original thread on the topic assigned by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday of the assigned module/week., Also, each student must submit replies to 2 classmates’ threads by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday of the assigned module/week. Threads should be a minimum 400 words with references to the course texts and course teaching resources. Replies should be a minimum of 200 words, engaging a minimum of two peers in a substantive way that adds to the academic discussion, and include references to the course texts and course teaching resources. Please see the grading rubric in Blackboard for the grading criteria to ensure maximum points for this assignment.

Article Review

Each student will choose one of the four articles provided and write a 3-page paper (not including the title page and reference page) using the provided APA formatted paper (template). The review will provide a brief introduction, purpose of the article, impressions, an application section and conclusion.

Book Review and Critique

The student will write a 5-6-page paper (not counting the title page or reference page) scholarly review and critique of the text, Bounce: Living the Resilient Life by Wicks that will consist of the following sections – a summary, personal reflection and analysis, and application.

Case Study

The student will select one of the proposed case-study scenarios and write a 8-9 page paper (not counting the title page and reference page) which addresses issues of exploration, intervention, support and application. The paper will adhere to the current APA style and will include a minimum of six peer-reviewed or scholarly sources dated within the past 5 years.

Exams (2)

There will be two objective exams throughout the course. The exam will consist of multiple-choice and true/false questions. The exams are open-book, but the student is NOT permitted to consult with anyone on the exams, take the exams in groups, or share answers. Integrity, professionalism, and godly comportment are expected of the student at all times.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist


Discussion Board forums (4 at 75 pts each)


Article Review


Book Review and Critique


Case Study


Midterm Exam


Final Exam





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

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


MILT 525

Textbooks: Dees, Resilient Warriors (2011).

Dees, Resilient Warriors Advanced Study Guide (2011).

Wicks, Bounce: Living the Resilient Life (2009)


Reading & Study




RW: Intro, chs. 1–2

ASG: chs. 1–2

Wick’s: Intro.

2 presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

DB Forum Thread 1

DB Replies 1





RW: chs. 3-4

ASG: chs. 3-4

Wicks: ch. 1

2 presentations

DB Forum Thread 2

DB Replies 2




Wicks: ch. 3

2 presentations

Article Review



RW: chs. 5-6

ASG: chs. 5-6

Wicks: ch 4

2 presentations

Mid-Term Exam

DB Forum Thread 3

DB Replies 3





RW: chs. 7-8

ASG: chs. 7-8

Wicks: ch 5

2 presentations

DB Forum Thread 4

DB Replies 4




Wicks: ch. 2

2 presentations

Book Review and Critique



RW: ch. 9

ASG: ch. 9

2 presentations

Case Study



RW: ch. 10

ASG: ch. 10

Final Exam




DB = Discussion Board

RW= Resilient Warriors

ASG= Advanced Study Guide

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.