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Course Details

Course Code: PSYC630 Course ID: 4049 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course offers an in-depth analysis of crisis and trauma events, survivor responses and needs, and competent strategic interventions. A theoretical approach draws on systems and developmental constructs to provide an assessment and intervention model that is both holistic and integrated within particular environments. Unique crisis events are addressed, including sexual assault, domestic violence, disasters (both natural and man-made), service provider stress, complicated bereavement, child abuse and neglect, and school crises.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
01/25/21 - 07/02/21 07/05/21 - 08/29/21 Summer 2021 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Graduate learners successfully completing this course will:

CO1: Delineate individual and group similarities and differences in crisis and trauma experiences
CO2: Examine historical and contemporary crisis theory, assessment, intervention and recovery models.
CO3: Differentiate interventions delivered at the scene, including triage and stabilization.
CO4: Articulate phases of survivor and service provider recovery
CO5: Apply assessment and intervention strategies to crisis case vignettes
CO6: Construct a literature review of scholarly publications focused on a course relevant topic of interest.

It is expected that graduate students will exhibit advanced level critical thinking; ability to synthesize multiple sources of information, writing skills and academic integrity in all course activities. With the exception of discussion forum posts, assignment submissions completed in a narrative essay or composition format may not be written in first or second person (“I” or “you”), All writing must follow the citation and reference style established by APA the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th ed. (2019, Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association), in size 12 Times New Roman or Arial font, double-spaced with 1” margins on all sides of the page and include a cover page with the following centered vertically and horizontally: Student Name, Date of Submission, Assignment Title, Course Name and Professor Name. With the rare exception of briefly quoting specific statistical research findings, in which case the publication’s author and year date of publication must be properly cited, all paper content MUST be paraphrased (summarized/restated in the student’s own words) with proper source citations (See APA guidelines document in the classroom Resources folder). ANY copying of any kind and/or failure to include source citations in the paper body and in the assignment’s attached “References” page will result in an assignment score of zero with any repeat instances causing a failing course grade.

IMPORTANT: Students engaging in graduate studies are held to rigorous standards. Absolutely NO copying of any kind is allowed in this course. When reporting on what one reads in any published source, including the course text, paraphrasing (summarizing what was read and learned in one’s own words) is required. Forums do NOT require you to provide reference information. The website is an excellent, easy to understand resource for APA style formatting and source citation IN PAPERS. Any instance of copying of any kind, with or without source crediting, will result in a score of zero for the first incident and course failure for any additional ones. Students not knowledgeable about APA formatting rules need to access the APA formatting guides provided in the classroom and in the APUS Online Library.

Unless otherwise instructed, students may not use commercial websites as the basis for completion of any assignments. Encyclopedia websites, such as Wikipedia or Encarta, dictionaries, blogs or opinion slanted news media outlets, and commercial Internet sources such as Web MD or may not be used for any writing assignment. Scholarly, peer-reviewed journals must be used for assignment completion.

All classroom communications, including emails and discussion forum posts, between classmates and students and their instructors, must contain respectful language and tones with sensitivity to impact on the message recipient in evidence.

COURSE ASSIGNMENTS - See detailed instructions in the forum and assignment areas of the classroom

FORUMS: Due Weeks 1, 3, 5, 8
Weekly interactive dialogues with classmates based on assigned course learning materials will take place on threaded forums. A set of topical instructions for each dialogue will be posted on its respective forum. While designed to promote lively discourse within a community of fellow learners, dialogues on the forums are academic in nature and require a scholarly orientation, with students supporting their perspectives by incorporating relevant academic concepts. Students are not required to cite references in forum posts, but forum posts should not be opinion based.

Two case vignettes will be provided for critical analysis and demonstration of ability to apply knowledge gained during the course to real world scenarios.


The Literature Review will be a thematic, substantive review of scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles on crisis, trauma, emergency and disaster intervention from the APUS Online Library or other appropriate peer-reviewed empirical sources.

NameGrade %
Forums 30.00 %
Week 1 Forum 7.50 %
Week 3 Forum 7.50 %
Week 5 Forum 7.50 %
Week 8 Forum 7.50 %
Case Vignettes 32.00 %
Case Vignette 1 - Week 2 16.00 %
Case Vignette 2 - Week 6 16.00 %
Projects 38.00 %
Annotated Bibliography - Week 4 15.00 %
Literature Review - Week 7 23.00 %
Book Title: Crisis and Trauma : Developmental-Ecological Intervention
Author: Collins, Barbara G. / Collins, Thomas M.
Publication Info: Cengage
ISBN: 9780618373710
Book Title: Strategic Interventions for People in Crisis, Trauma, and Disaster - e-book available in the APUS Online Library
Author: Everstine, Diana / Everstine, Louis
Publication Info: Brunner/Mazel, Inc.
ISBN: 9780415950718
Book Title: Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*
Publication Info:

Book Title:Crisis Intervention Handbook, 4th ed. (E-book available through the APUS Online Library)
Publication Info:Oxford University Press
Author:Yeager, K. and Albert Roberts
Unit Cost:$40.70
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*
Book Title:Strategic Interventions for People in Crisis, Trauma, and Disaster (E-book available through the APUS Online Library)
Publication Info:Brunner/Mazel, Inc.
Author:Everstine, Diana / Everstine, Louis
Unit Cost:$58.00

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.