Course Syllabus

ADC407: Trauma and Recovery

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Course Description

This course  presents a biblical view of trauma, suffering, and healing.   It also covers how to provide Christian counseling to those who have experienced trauma. The course will cover individual differences in response to trauma, factors that affect these differences, symptoms and various types of trauma.  Theories and types of trauma, assessment of trauma, steps of trauma counseling including: establishing safety, processing trauma and resolution are also included. 

The course also examines the connection between trauma and addiction, and how this relates to a need for a trauma-informed recovery approach. Personal application is provided in examining effects of secondary trauma. Students will briefly examine their own level of personal trauma, current level of healing, and next steps needed to address any lingering effects of personal trauma.

Course Outcomes

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the Biblical view of pain, suffering, trauma, and healing.
  2. Assess individual differences in response to trauma, as well as factors including resilience, culture, and environmental factors that affect these differences.
  3. Describe symptoms of various types of trauma and trauma related disorders and the process of assessing these symptoms.
  4. Explain various theories of trauma and trauma-related disorders as well as how these disorders are assessed and treated.
  5. Analyze the connection between trauma and addiction, and the importance of a trauma informed approach for recovery.
  6. Explain the impact of personal trauma, current level of personal healing, and next steps for working through personal trauma history.

Degree Program Outcomes

Degree outcomes are the overall skills and knowledge we expect you will have after successfully completing a degree program at City Vision University. This course supports the following program outcomes, marked with an asterisk (*). After completing the degree, you will be able to do the following in each of the listed domains:

  1. Christian Integration. Integrate Christian principles and counseling theories in an ethical manner in both Christian and secular counseling environments.*
  2. Certification Exam Prep. Identify the key concepts needed to take a licensure exam either to apply to be a peer support specialist or certified addiction counselor.
  3. Case Management. Develop case management plans to help clients identify areas where they need help and connecting them with personal and community resources that will help them.
  4. Chemical Dependency. Describe foundational concepts of chemical dependency including a range of psychoactive drugs and how they work.
  5. Psychology. Describe the foundational concepts of psychology and apply that in both Christian and secular counseling environments.
  6. Clinical Counseling Skills. Utilize foundational skills for clinical addiction counseling.
  7. Multicultural Counseling. Utilize effective methods to counsel diverse clients in both Christian and secular counseling environments.
  8. Specialized Skills. Apply knowledge and skills in specialized domains related to Addiction Counseling.*

Required Texts

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Guidelines for Written Work

All written work must follow our Writing Format and Forum Requirements. You must read these to understand how to cite sources appropriately.

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This syllabus is subject to change without notice up until the first day of the semester. Last updated: April 27, 2022

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