Feb 03, 2023  
Academic Catalog 2022-2023 
    
Academic Catalog 2022-2023
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HOD-816 Post Traumatic Growth

4 semester credits
The notion of trauma has evolved over the past century with increased awareness of how people experience loss, and hurt in physical, social, economic, emotional, and spiritual parts of their lives. The course begins with a conceptual exploration of trauma and its historical construction, from its early focus on the experience of war among veterans and civilians, to more contemporary concerns with various forms of abuse, loss, illness, social violence, and destruction from natural disasters. Trauma is framed in terms of the “loss of assumptive” worlds, resulting in fundamental loss of meaning. After this introduction, the focus shifts to the process of  questioning assumptions about life, values, ideals, and goals in life often resulting in shock, despair, depression and much more. Scholars and practitioners have studied how survivors of trauma react in different ways, from gaining coping strength to exploring transformational processes. Students critically analyze different approaches to trauma from changes in cognitive and phenomenological structures, to narrative and transformational reconstruction of meaning. Trauma becomes a paradoxical catalyst for personal growth and transformation. The readings include theoretical and empirical work by Richard Tedeschi, Lawrence Calhoun, Kenneth Doka, and Jeffrey Kauffman.
Delivery Method: Online
Grading Default: Letter
Learning Outcome(s):
  • Critically analyze and construct scholarly arguments relevant to theories of post traumatic growth.
  • Write a scholarly paper on an advanced post traumatic grown topic.
  • Demonstrate understanding of ways to apply posttraumatic growth theory and research to professional and personal practice.



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