Acute Stress, Grief and Trauma Care



Crisis Response & Trauma Care 201: Acute Stress, Grief, and Trauma Care (DVD Version)

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.

Continuing Education
This course includes 12 Continuing Education (CE) credits approved for counselors, life coaches, and crisis responders who are credentialed through the International Board of Christian Care (IBCC) or one of its affiliate boards: the Board of Christian Professional and Pastoral Counseling (BCPPC); the Board of Christian Life Coaching (BCLC); the Board of Mental Health Coaching (BMHC) and the Board of Christian Crisis and Trauma Response (BCCTR).

Course Lessons and Descriptions

CRTC 201: Introduction to Crisis Counseling
Tim Clinton, Ed.D.; MG (Ret.) Bob Dees, M.S.; Diane Langberg, Ph.D.
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.

CRTC 202: Grief, Loss and Complicated Grief
Eric Scalise, Ph.D.
Grief can only be experienced when there has been a loss of an intimate relationship or an object of concern or affection. People grieve because they love; and unfortunately, love and life can hurt. If people refuse to deal with grief and traumatic events, they will withdraw from life and only exist in emotional exile and never be able to benefit from the joys of human experience. Rarely are there 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.

CRTC 203: Trauma and Abuse
Diane Langberg, Ph.D.
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.

CRTC 204: Anxiety and Depression
Archibald Hart, Ph.D.
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.

CRTC 205: Trauma and Attachment
Gary Sibcy, Ph.D.
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 the attachment theory to trauma situations, and students will learn to better understand the correlation between trauma and how people do relationships.

CRTC 206: Counseling Strategies
Eric Scalise, Ph.D.; Jennifer Cisney, M.A.; Kevin Ellers, D.Min.
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. Finally, the panel will discuss the recovery process with a biblical model of healing and restoration.

CRTC 207: Impact Dynamics of Crisis and Trauma
Jennifer Cisney, M.A.
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.

CRTC 208: Methods and Techniques for Immediate Response
Thomas Webb, Th.M.
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.

CRTC 209: Peer Support and Accountability
Joshua Straub, Ph.D.
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.

CRTC 210: Survivor Guilt and Fostering Resiliency
Kevin Ellers, D.Min.
Following traumatic events, survivors frequently struggle with a broad range of thoughts, feelings, and reactions as they try to put their lives back together in the post-trauma journey. Feelings of guilt are common during this road to recovery. 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.

CRTC 211: Managing the High Cost of Care
Eric Scalise, Ph.D.
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. Dr. Scalise will discuss how caregivers can take care of themselves, develop a personal stress prevention care plan and survive counseling stress.

CRTC 212: Community Response and Cultural Differences
Leroy Scott, M.S., M.Div. and Pat Miersma, Ph.D.
Cultural competence is an important element of working with individuals that have experienced trauma or crisis situations. Community responses and cultural differences impact the effectiveness of service delivery. 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. This lesson defines the basic components of cultural competence in treating victims of crisis and trauma.

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