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CI 600


Counseling PTSD & Suicidal Clients


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Course Information

This course provides greater understanding in the assessment, etiology and treatment of clients who experience PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and who may be suicidal. This is a guided, independent study CE Course with faculty mentoring as needed. . You are to study and progress at your own rate. This course is comprehensive and provides study on how to therapeutically treat suffers of PTSD using cognitive behavioral approaches to treatment plans. Students will learn criteria for diagnosis, assessment and the cognitive behavioral model for treatment. The second half of this course focuses on Suicidal clients, including counseling and effective interventions. Course Code= CI 600. Contact hours of education = 50.

Prerequisites: This course is particularly intended for those who are already certified as Crisis Intervention Specialist by the AIHCP, Inc.

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. There are no set time-frames, other than the two year allotted time. 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, one required for the test and the second recommended so you can get better implement what you have learned from this course:

Counseling For Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder by Michael J. Scott & Stephen G. Stradling ISBN: 0761965734

Suicide Across the Life Span: Implication for Counselors by David Capuzzi ISBN 10: 1556202326

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 50 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 American Academy of Grief Counseling 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.

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

    • Understand clients who are experiencing post traumatic stress disorder.
    • Understand the assessment, etiology and treatment of clients who are experiencing post traumatic stress disorder.
    • Understand the phenomena of suicide and how its etiology changes over the course of a person’s life.
    • Understand the "cognitive profile" of PTSD responses.
    • Understand the application of cognitive-behavioral therapy to the challenges represented by PTSD.
    • Understand the implications that accompany dealing with a client who has diagnosis in addition to PTSD.
    • Understand how the assessment of suicide changes over the course of a person’s life.
    • Understand the role that depression and hope play in the client's life with respect to suicide risk.
    • Understand the application of an assessment with a client to identify a client's suicide risk.
    • Understand how the treatment of suicide changes over the course of a person’s life.
    •  Understand ethical implications of dealing with potentially suicidal clients.
    •  Understand risks and strategies for suicide with children.
    •  Understand risks and strategies for suicide with adolescents
    •  Understand risks and strategies for suicide with adults.
    •  how to effectively deal with the survivors of a suicide.


    • What is PTSD?
    • What are the symptoms and characteristics of PTSD?
    • What are the causes, contributing factors, treatment and prognosis for clients who have PTSD?
    • What is the suicide risk of clients?
    • How to assess the risk of potential client suicide.
    • How the characteristics of suicidal individuals through the life cycle.
    • Risk assessment and treatment of suicidal clients throughout the life cycle.
    • Support of survivors of suicide.

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