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Course Detail for SW-900-01

ID Name (credits) Time Instructor
SW-900-01 SW Prsp Trauma: Thry & Pract (3 ) 6:30PM - 9:30PM
Elberfeld, Jeanne M

Instruction Type: Hybrid Traditional

Contemporary knowledge about psychological trauma will be analyzed in terms of its relevance for social work. This will include the examination of human responses to stress on a continuum of adaptation and ways in which trauma can impact human development and social functioning. Forces within individuals, families, communities, and institutions that influence clients' abilities to cope with critical events will be explored. Specific populations studied will include crime victims, refugees, veterans of war, and survivors of natural disaster; however the focus will be on the commonality of these groups in their responses to unmanageable stress. Typical diagnoses accompanying trauma (such as PTSD) will be described and the role of psychopharmacology will be touched on. The impact of social attitudes toward victims of trauma will be examined in relation to victims'healing processes; in addition, students will be encouraged to explore their own acceptance of stigmatizing cultural myths. Approaches to treatment, related to general social work practice principles and ethical stances, will be explored. These will include client self-determination, strengths, advocacy, and cultural competency. In addition, the impact of vicarious traumatization on social workers and the development of effective coping strategies will be explored. (Prerequisites: SW 501, SW 591, SW 601, SW 502, SW 592.)

Restricted to MSW students only. Lehigh Valley; 5/17, 5/19, 5/24, 5/26, 5/31, 6/2, 6/7, 6/9, 6/14, 6/16, 6/21, and 6/23.


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