There are 11 Continuing Education Units included with this course.
This course instructs caregivers in ways to identify and help those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. PTSD and Combat Stress is designed to help clinicians and caregivers who work with military populations better understand and be able to help those suffering from severe forms of stress and trauma resulting from their military experiences.
- CRCS 101: Signs and Symptoms of PTSD – In this lesson, students will become familiar with a general overview of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Dr. Michael Lyles will discuss the signs and symptoms of PTSD, the nature of trauma, and the diagnostic criteria regarding PTSD. Students will also gain an understanding of the challenges that helpers and counselors can face in trauma sufferers.
- CRCS 102: Risk Factors for PTSD – There are many different kinds of trauma on the combat trauma spectrum that people can experience, and some can even be more predisposed than others for PTSD if they have certain risk factors. Jennifer Cisney will discuss what groups and individuals are more at risk for developing PTSD, what increases the risks, and what can be done on a preventative level for people who do fall into the high-risk categories.
- CRCS 103: Trauma and Addiction – In this lesson, Dr. Mark Laaser will discuss the role of addiction in regards to trauma. Students will learn about self-medicating tendencies and behaviors that people use to escape and numb the pain, the addictive cycle, factors related to tolerance, stages of addiction, and spiritual strongholds and bondage. After addressing the neurochemistry of addictions, Dr. Laaser will offer treatment approaches to ministering to people battling with addiction.
- CRCS 104: Suicide Assessment and Prevention – This lesson discusses the important topic of suicide assessment and prevention. Dr. Kevin Ellers addresses the issues of suicide being a by-product of traumatic events, risk factors related to suicide attempts, precipitating factors that would influence a person attempting suicide, warning signs, and effective intervention techniques. Students will begin to understand the dynamics of suicide and what caregivers can do to help.
- CRCS 105: Treatment Protocols – This lesson will expose students to the wide range of treatment options in terms of theory and practice, including cognitive-behavioral approaches to treatment, exposure theories, systematic desensitization methods, EMDR, medical protocol, and other related factors. Students will be exposed to a broad stroke at everything that needs to be considered when treating a person dealing with the difficult effects of PTSD as a process in helping someone move from absolute brokenness to abundant freedom.
- CRCS 106: The Journey from Trauma to Transformation – In this lesson, students will be exposed to the story of Sergeant Gary Beikirch, a man who received the Medal of Honor for his service in Vietnam. Gary Beikirch, along with his wife Lolly, shares his experiences of healing and restoration from combat-related PTSD, providing background information, as well as the reasons why counseling is important to anyone suffering from trauma-related PTSD.
- CRCS 107: War, Deadly Force, and the Bible – War is a difficult topic to discuss, but people in all professions need to reconcile the requirements of their profession with the requirements of faith and biblical truth. This lesson addresses what God thinks about the military profession by discussing biblical references and moral dilemmas that soldiers often face. Todd Wagner will help students discover a biblical worldview that is consistent with the Scriptures regarding deadly force as it pertains to war.
- CRCS 108: The Realities of Military Service on the Service Member – Counselors and caregivers need to be exposed to the reality of military service and its impact on the service member. Each person is unique and possesses different dynamics that will influence their reactions to events. This lesson will teach students about demographics, reasons people enlist in the service, the issues regarding family members, deployment and redeployment, wounds of war, and how to deal with the death or loss of a service member. Overall, this lesson will help counselors be more effective by helping them understand these crucial factors.
- CRCS 109: The Realities of Military Life for Families – In this lesson, students will gain a unique perspective from a panel discussing family life on the home front. There are unique challenges that military families will face, such as secondary trauma within the family, challenges of separation, the overall lifestyle and culture of the military, difficulties of deployment, homecoming realities, and the possibility of having a wounded soldier return home. This lesson will open students’ eyes to the struggles that various military families can face and provide practical ways to provide encouragement for them.
- CRCS 110: The Combat Trauma Spectrum – The combat trauma spectrum does an excellent job of showing a point of pain and matching it up with the right intervention. During this lesson, students will learn from Chris and Rahnella Adsit as they give students the big picture regarding what combat trauma is and how it impacts the lives of many individuals. Understanding the combat trauma spectrum is the first step in treating the trauma, and students will become more knowledgeable in this area by the end of this lesson.
- CRCS 111: The Military Medical System, Veterans Medical System, and Related Issues – This lesson will help students understand the Veteran’s Affairs medical systems so that counselors can team with them as they partner with military veterans. The presenters will discuss the ecosystem for the military, especially for the wounded warrior, and how important it is to provide care and compassion for families of soldiers as well as the soldiers. Students will learn about the hidden wounds of war, and how to take a holistic approach regarding treatment and help for soldiers.
- CRCS 112: Assessment and Treatment Protocols – This lesson addresses assessment and treatment protocols in the military. Counselors can be challenged by troops coming back from war because often the last thing on their minds is a mental health assessment. Students will learn the importance of team, partnership, and community. They will learn to view these issues through a wide lens, looking at the broad applicability of the treatment methodologies for the military in other practices that may not always relate to the military.