Course Descriptions

Psychology

PSY 421
Trauma and Self-Care
3 credits

Practitioners who work with individuals who are at risk of having experienced trauma in their lives are especially vulnerable to developing compassion fatigue or other negative consequences of their work. This course is designed to provide the background needed to help practitioners with compassion fatigue and related problems. The course will focus specifically on the assessment and treatment of work-related acute stress disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, clinical depression, substance abuse, and profound burnout. Learners will also explore the importance of resiliency, recovery, and healing. A focus on the professional’s current self-care status which will include effective stress management methods for containment/control of unwanted distress will be discussed.

Prerequisite(s): PSY 420