This course is designed to help caregivers working with clients experiencing extreme stress, grief, and traumatic loss. Acute Stress, Grief, and Trauma Care provides in-depth training on how to work with trauma survivors, those experiencing complicated grief, and other forms of crisis counseling.
- CRAS 101: Introduction to Crisis Counseling – This lesson provides basic definitions of terms that students will be discussing throughout the entire course, provides reference points and statistics regarding trauma, and gives an overview of healing points and how God is the ultimate antidote to trauma in a person’s life. Since the church is called to minister to those who are suffering, this program will help educate and train leaders to respond to others in crisis.
- CRAS 102: Grief, Loss and Complicated Grief – Grief can only be experienced when there has been a loss of an intimate relationship or an object of concern or affection. Rarely are their easy answers when people experience tragic kinds of losses that are often untimely. However, there is a message of hope, and God can use people to convey that message to a world that is hurting.
- CRAS 103: Trauma and Abuse – Abuse has become more prominent in the United States, which indicates that the term “abuse” has been overused and misapplied at times. This undermines the reality and profound negative impact that abuse has on individuals and their relationships. Dr. Langberg will address sources of abuse, general responses to abuse, and normal trauma response patterns.
- CRAS 104: Anxiety and Depression – This lesson will focus on how Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder creates anxiety and depression. Dr. Hart will discuss definitions of terms, the prevalence of different types of trauma, risk signs, significant statistics, and prevention and intervention strategies that helpers can utilize. Students will learn the connection between PTSD and anxiety and depression problems, and they will become more educated on how those problems can be prevented and/or treated.
- CRAS 105: Trauma and Attachment – In this lesson, Dr. Sibcy discusses the attachment theory and how it relates to trauma. Attachment is a theory of relationships and emotion, with safety being a key component in understanding problems. Dr. Sibcy will teach students how to apply attachment theory to trauma situations, and students will learn to better understand the correlation between trauma and how people do relationships.
- CRAS 106: Counseling Strategies – This lesson, led by an expert panel, will expose students to counseling strategies regarding trauma survivors. Dr. Scalise, Dr. Ellers, and Jennifer Cisney will explain different models of counseling that can be used with trauma survivors, indications, and contraindications related to caregiving, the importance of a multidisciplinary intervention approach, and the need for support systems.
- CRAS 107: Impact Dynamics of Crisis and Trauma – In this lesson, Jennifer Cisney will define psychological first aid in crisis intervention and discuss the impact of crisis and trauma on the individual in a broad context. Furthermore, students will become familiar with the various ways people battle symptoms. Students will learn the first steps regarding assessment tools and protocols in responding to someone in crisis and trauma situations.
- CRAS 108: Methods and Techniques for Immediate Response – This lesson overviews the process of Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) with a focus on spiritual crisis intervention. How does one bear another’s burden when the victim expresses deep spiritual distress in the form of questions such as “Why did God allow my child to die?” or “I feel like God has abandoned me!” Chaplain Thomas Webb will guide students through assessment criteria for crisis intervention, particularly that of a spiritual nature.
- CRAS 109: Peer Support and Accountability – This lesson discusses the importance of peer support and accountability regarding crisis intervention. Joshua Straub will address key principles regarding crisis intervention as it relates to having a strong support system in place for the individuals who experience crises in their lives. He will also give students cautions regarding peer support so that they will know how to properly intervene in a crisis context.
- CRAS 110: Survivor Guilt and Fostering Resiliency – In this session, Dr. Kevin Ellers will discuss the critical role that the church can play through this process in helping to help people grow through the adverse circumstances by enhancing resiliency in the pre and post-trauma journey.
- CRAS 111: Managing the High Cost of Care – In this lesson, Dr. Eric Scalise will discuss the importance of self-care and give resources and clear guidance regarding self-assessment. The world today is one full of stress and trauma, and those in the ministry or helping profession need to become educated on the topic of compassion fatigue.
- CRAS 112: Community Response and Cultural Differences – Cultural competence is an important element of working with individuals that have experienced trauma or crisis situations. The presenters will address issues such as how to engage a client from a different culture, the importance of community and involvement in urban communities, and how to get through the red tape, politics, and protocol to provide the highest quality service possible.