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CI 540: Crisis & Trauma Counseling

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Course Information

This course provides an introduction to the theories and practice of crisis intervention with special concentration in traumatic events/circumstances experienced by clients of all ages. Students will study the application of trauma theory and counseling to many types of populations. Issues of many types of losses and grief reactions will be examined. Assessment parameters for clients' coping skills will be studied. Other course content examined includes physiological effects of trauma, loss and bereavement, suicide and its intervention and defense mechanisms, and common fears of clients. Students also study all facets of post-traumatic stress disorder and learn cognitive approaches to treatment interventions. Course Code: CI 540. Contact hours of continuing education = 40.

Prerequisites: must have completed CI 500, CI 510, CI 520 and SM 530, before enrolling in this course.

Instructor/Course Author:  Thomas Schear, Ph.D

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TIME FRAME: You are allotted two years from the date of enrollment, to complete this course as well as all of the courses in the Crisis Intervention Consulting continuing education program. There are no set time-frames, other than the two year allotted time, to complete all of the courses in this program. If you do not complete the course within the two-year time-frame, you will be removed from the course and an "incomplete" will be recorded for you in our records. Also, if you would like to complete the course after this two-year expiration time, you would need to register and pay the course tuition fee again.


TEXTBOOKS: There are two (2) textbooks for the course:

The New Guide to Crisis & Trauma Counseling: A Practical Guide for Ministers, Counselors and Lay Counselors by H. Norman Wright. Regal Books, Ventura, CA. 2003. ISBN 0830732411

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapist for Trauma, 2nd ed. by Victoria M. Follette, Josef I. Ruzek & Francis R. Abueg ed. Guilford Publications, Inc. New York, NY. ISBN-10: 1593855885

Students are required to purchase their own textbooks.

AIHCP Online Bookstore: AIHCP provides an online bookstore stocked with all of the required textbooks, and/or materials required for its CE courses. To purchase this book online, click the access store link, go to the table of categories, right upper hand corner, and click on "Crisis Intervention Counseling." Access AIHCP Store: click here

GRADING:  You must achieve a passing score of at least 70% to complete this course and receive the 40 hours of awarded continuing education credit. There are no letter grades assigned. You will receive notice of your total % score. Those who score below the minimum of 70% will be contacted by the instructor at American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc. and options for completing additional course work to achieve a passing score will be presented.

ONLINE COMMUNITY MESSAGE BOARDS: Enrolled students have full access to our online Student Community Message Boards. These message boards allow students in our CE courses to meet each other, communicate online, share information, discuss topics of study and interest and much more. Full access is provided via the online classrooms.

Online Classroom Resouces and Tools

* Message Boards: each specialty program has an area to "post" on the message board. Students may post messages at anytime. Posting allows students to converse with those in the same specialty practice and to discuss issues/course content etc. Instructions for posting are provided in the online classrooms.

* Chat Rooms: each specialty has it's own unique "chat room." Inside of the classroom there is a schedule for "chat time" with students in your specific specialty practice. Participating in "chats" is voluntary. The chat sessions are used as means for students to come together and discuss course content or anything related to the courses and/or certification specialty.

* Examination Access: there is link to take you right to the online examination program where you can print out your examination and work with it. All examinations are formatted as "open book" tests. When you are ready, you can access the exam program at anytime and click in your responses to the questions. Full information is provided in the online classrooms.

* Student Resource Center: there is a link for access to a web page "Student Resource Center." The Resource Center provides for easy access to all of our policies/procedures and additional information regarding applying for certification. We also have many links to many outside reference sites, such as online libraries that you may freely access.

* Online Evaluation: there is a link in the classroom where you may access the course evaluation. All students completing a course, must, without exception, complete the course evaluation.

* Faculty Access Information: you will have access to your instructor's online resume/biography, as well as your instructor's specific contact information.

* Additional Learning Materials: some faculty have prepared additional "readings" and /or brief lecture notes to enhance your experience. All of these are available in the online classrooms.

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COURSE OBJECTIVES:  Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:

  1. Understand how to assess for client crisis and traumatic experience.
  2. Understand how to select and implement interventions appropriate for your clients.
  3. Understand implications and applications of crisis and trauma theory to special populations.

Course Content

A brief abstract of course content:

1. Grief and bereavement

2. Trauma and loss theories

3. Trauma and loss counseling

4. Assessment of coping skills

5. Physiologic effects of trauma and loss

6. Suicide

7. Post-traumatic stress disorder

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