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Crises Intervention (Trauma / Disaster Management): Course Outlines (Psy-6201)

Course Description

Course Objectives

The aim of the course is to train internees on using Crises Management Techniques / Intervention and Disaster Management Manual aiming to reduce and handle Traumatic Reactions and help sufferers cope effectively with Natural and Man-made Disasters.

Course Outcome

By the end of the course the internees will be able to practically carry out the strategies given in the manual to help Survivors or those Witnessed Traumas / Disasters.


1. The Effects of Trauma across the Developmental Spectrum

a. Describe the effects of trauma on the emotional, cognitive, neurological and physical human systems.

b. Discuss neurophysiological and neurochemical changes and the efficacy of medication.

c. Examine the short- and long-term effects of trauma across the life span(infancy, child, adolescent, adult). d. Identify the differences between normal grief and grief resulting from trauma.

2. Foundations and Models of Crisis Intervention

a. Examine the history and evolution of Crisis Intervention and Trauma Response over the past century.

b. Describe the different models and techniques currently used with different populations and discuss their effectiveness.

c. Review the international psychosocial intervention programs and lessons learned from these efforts.

3. Self-Care for Clinicians Treating Trauma

a. Discuss secondary or vicarious traumatization among clinicians who work with trauma.

b. Explore the issues of transference and countertransference as it pertains to working with trauma.

c. Identify practical skills/methods for self-awareness/self-care.

4. Differences and Diversity in the Experience, Effects and Treatment of Trauma

a. Examine how culture and ethnicity influence the experience, effects, and treatment of trauma.

b. Explore how pre-incident mental health and pre-existing mental health conditions (e.g. substance abuse, affective disorder) influence the experience, effects and treatment of trauma.

c. Identify special populations (e.g. Refugees, Children of War, etc.).

5. Responding to Disaster

a. Describe different types of disaster including Natural Disaster and Terrorism.

b. Discuss individual and Community Responses to Disasters.

c. Examine the four phases of disaster response: mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.

6. Individual Treatment Approaches in Working with Trauma

a. Delineate the different theories related to trauma work.

b. Discuss the major approaches to trauma treatment, including their philosophical assumptions, strategies and techniques employed, and available outcome research.

c. Consider the role of spirituality and complimentary treatments in treating trauma.

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