Special Topics

A Special Topics course is an advanced examination of a topic from the field of counseling. Assignments may include readings, papers, oral presentations, warrior exams, and literature searches. This course culminates in an oral presentation or warrior exam. Topics vary by semester and section. Prerequisites include CNSC723, CNSC738 and CNSC700 or permission of instructor.
Fall 2018 Supplemental Course Description:
Trauma Informed Care: The focus of this Special Topics course in Fall 2018 is foundations of trauma-informed care and the differences between shock trauma, vicarious trauma/secondary trauma, cultural trauma, and developmental trauma. Trauma-informed care, as defined by the National Center on Trauma-Informed Care, is an approach to engaging people with histories of trauma that recognizes the presence of trauma symptoms and acknowledges the role that trauma has played in their lives. Research demonstrates that psychological trauma contributes significantly in the development of many problems, such as various psychiatric, behavioral, and personality disorders; addictions; suicidal behavior, violent behavior and a variety of chronic health problems. Most trauma survivors have repeated life events resulting in complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder rather than PTSD by itself. The methods employed by professionals play a critical role in the resulting effects of trauma on individuals and its enduring consequences. This course will include theory, experiential exercises, applied counseling skills, and ethics of counseling of trauma. The utilization of the contemplative practices of mindfulness-awareness, loving kindness, tonglen, and social justice practices will be incorporated as a way to develop and maintain an open and non-dualistic perspective of trauma and health.
Course Number: CNSC890
Units: 0.5