American Association of Christian Counselors
American Association of Christian Counselors

Stress & Trauma Care

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Dear Friend:

Every day we hear of a crisis or traumatic event that cripples the lives of people around us. According to National Association for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, 60% of men and 50% of women will experience and suffer a horrific event in their lives. Stress disorders are the most common mental health illnesses affecting nearly 40 million Americans annually. It’s also estimated that over seven million adults suffer with PTSD alone in any given year.

And sadly, this number includes 500,000 American veterans. Did you know that suicides among the armed forces returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are at an all-time high, and two-out-of-three military marriages are failing?

Yet we also know that during times of hardship, people are most open to change. The great paradox is that during these times God is not the author of evil and such horror, but He is our loving redeemer. He uses these events and times of brokenness to reveal Himself, to let us know that His grace is always available and sufficient.

And here is what I believe most: God has no greater plan than to use people who “Dare to Care” to share His message of hope. That’s why I am so excited to offer the Stress and Trauma Care Counseling Certificate Training Program.

Not long ago, the American Association of Christian Counselors partnered with Military Ministry (a Division of Campus Crusade for Christ) to produce this groundbreaking 30-hour counseling training program. This course offering is one of the most significant and timely projects ever undertaken by either of our organizations.

Our desire is to equip, encourage, and empower you to make a difference in the lives of those suffering with stress and trauma (and their families). Don’t miss out on being a part of making a real impact on so many—especially the men and women returning home from war.

I can’t wait to see how God is going to use this counseling certificate training program—Stress and Trauma Care.


Timothy E. Clinton, Ed.D., LPC, LMFT
President, AACC

Unit 1: Acute Stress and Trauma

CCCT 101: Introduction to Crisis Counseling

Presented by Tim Clinton, Ed.D.; Maj. Gen. Bob Dees (Ret.); and Diane Langberg, Ph.D.

Whether it’s on the battlefield, from a natural disaster, within the home environment, or a tragedy that strikes the local community, traumatic stress and its aftermath is a common theme for almost every counselor. Dr. Clinton, Maj. Gen. Dees, and Dr. Langberg offer a comprehensive overview of crisis and trauma in this introductory video.

CCCT 102: Grief, Loss, and Complicated Grief

Presented by Eric Scalise, Ph.D.

Grief and loss are both simultaneous and intertwined processes that usually impact people in crisis. Dr. Scalise describes the factors that influence grief, including various stages and clinical implications from a holistic framework. The symptoms and appropriate interventions in working with complicated grief cases are also addressed.

CCCT 103: Trauma and Abuse

Presented by Diane Langberg, Ph.D.

Abuse in all its various forms (physical, emotional, verbal, sexual, and spiritual) impacts tens of thousands of individuals every year. Dr. Langberg discusses the trauma response patterns found in most abuse victims, as well as special considerations to help enhance therapeutic effectiveness. Biblical insights and principles are woven into the presentation.

CCCT 104: Anxiety and Depression

Presented by Arch Hart, Ph.D.

Traumatic stress, anxiety and depression often go hand-in-hand. Along with the lifestyle choices many individuals incorporate from an adrenaline-fueled world, Dr. Hart provides an excellent overview on the neurobiology related to mood disorders and how to identify the signs and symptoms of those who are at risk.

CCCT 105: Trauma and Attachment

Presented by Gary Sibcy, Ph.D.

Relational dynamics and one’s attachment style can have a profound influence on trauma responses and the recovery process in general. Dr. Sibcy reviews predominant attachment styles, their relational implications, and choosing appropriate interventions and treatment protocols when clients are facing traumatic stress.

CCCT 106: Counseling Strategies Panel

Presented by Eric Scalise, Ph.D.; Jennifer Cisney Ellers, M.A.; and Kevin Ellers, D.Min.

There are various models of counseling with trauma survivors. Dr. Scalise, Jennifer Cisney, and Dr. Ellers discuss both indications and contraindications related to caregiving. The benefits of a multi-disciplinary approach that incorporates a client’s primary support system are addressed using a biblical model of healing and restoration.

Unit 2: Basic Crisis Intervention

CCCT 201: Impact Dynamics of Crisis and Trauma

Presented by Jennifer Cisney, M.A.

The concept of psychological “first aid” in crisis intervention is discussed along with field-tested assessment tools and protocols. Jennifer Cisney takes a closer look at the importance of pre-event planning in terms of preparation and training, while reminding viewers that caregivers can also be vulnerable to vicarious traumatization.

CCCT 202: Methods and Techniques for Immediate Response

Presented by Thomas Webb, Th.M.

Crisis Incident Stress Management or CISM training is a recognized and systematic approach to handling crisis and trauma. Tom Webb looks at various models of crisis intervention and their impact within the workplace, church, family and the broader community. The benefit of crisis intervention teams is also discussed.

CCCT 203: Peer Support and Accountability

Presented by Joshua Straub, Ph.D.

The role of one’s peers within the family, the church, and the community is crucial as it relates to long term care and support. Joshua Straub discusses the relevancy and benefits of using the SAFER Model in crisis intervention and why healthy and balanced accountability relationships can make all a major difference in the recovery process.

CCCT 204: Survivor Guilt and Fostering Resiliency

Presented by Kevin Ellers, D.Min.

Survivor guilt is one of the more common symptoms in the aftermath of trauma-based events, especially those that involve multiple victims. The presence of client resiliency is critical to providing effective trauma care. Dr. Ellers discusses the resistance-resiliency model and how to foster and sustain resiliency to help create a renewed sense of hope.

CCCT 205: Managing the High Cost of Care

Presented by Eric Scalise, Ph.D.

Crises and trauma not only directly impact the victims, but can also have a significant effect on caregivers as well. Dr. Scalise defines secondary or vicarious traumatization and how it creates the potential for compassion fatigue. Self-assessment tips and ways to develop a healthy stress-prevention plan are reviewed.

CCCT 206: Community Response and Cultural Differences

Presented by Leroy Scott, Jr., M.S., M.Div., LHMC and Pat Miersma, Ph.D.

Cultural sensitivity and awareness are important skills for any caregiver. Rev. Scott and Dr. Miersma discuss worldview orientations that can impact one’s cultural competency and the ability to connect effectively during an actual crisis or in the aftermath of a traumatic event. The role of politics, bureaucratic systems, and community-based resources are also addressed.

Unit 3: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

CCCT 301: Signs and Symptoms of PTSD

Presented by Michael Lyles, M.D.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder involves reliving/re-experiencing the event through flashbacks and/or dreams, avoidance behaviors on the part of the victim, chronic isolation, hyper-arousal, and other numbing effects. Dr. Lyles gives an overview of the symptomology of PTSD, including relevant neurobiological factors.

CCCT 302: Risk Factors for PTSD

Presented by Jennifer Cisney Ellers, M.A. Interview with Rev. Chris Adsit

There are a number of risk factors that can increase the likelihood of PTSD occurring. These include combat deployments, natural disasters, a history of violence or abuse, accidents, and prolonged exposure to traumatic events. Jennifer Cisney and Rev. Adsit examine these factors, as well as the impact of their acuity, severity, duration, and proximity.

CCCT 303: Trauma and Addiction

Presented by Mark Laaser, Ph.D.

In the presence of traumatic stress, survivors can exhibit self-medicating tendencies and/or behaviors in order to escape and numb the emotional and psychological pain that they may be experiencing. Dr. Laaser discusses the addictive process along with important principles of intervention and treatment.

CCCT 304: Suicide Assessment and Prevention

Presented by Kevin Ellers, D.Min.

Suicidal ideation and/or attempts can be a serious by-product of traumatic stress and the inability to cope. Dr. Ellers discusses relevant and precipitating factors along with specific warning signs. An intervention protocol is provided to assist caregivers is recognizing an impending attempt and how to engage appropriate care and support.

CCCT 305: Treatment Protocols

Presented by David Jenkins, Psy.D. and Michael Lyles, M.D.

Traumatic stress has been treated with a variety of clinical approaches and protocols. Dr. Jenkins and Dr. Lyles provide a broad overview of the most common intervention strategies, including cognitive-behavioral, systematic desensitization, and medication considerations. Adjunctive treatments such as group and family therapy are also discussed.

CCCT 306: The Journey from Trauma to Transformation

Presented by Gary Beikirch, Ph.D. and Loureen Beikirch

The trauma that often accompanies the realities of war and the combat environment, can leave both visible and invisible scars. Medal of Honor recipient, Dr. Beikirch, and his wife share their incredible journey from the devastation of his Vietnam experience to a place of recovery and restoration.

Unit 4: Military Applications

CCCT 401: War, Deadly Force, and the Bible

Presented by Pastor Todd Wagner, M.A.

Military commanders have certain statutory requirements when it comes to providing spiritual care to those they lead. Pastor Wagner explores the meaning of concepts such as, “just war” and the use of deadly force within a Christian framework. The potential conflicts of faith for men and women who serve in the military are also discussed.

CCCT 402: The Realities of Military Service on the Service Member

Presented by Don Snider, Ph.D. and Lt. Gen. Robert Van Antwerp

Life for military personnel and their family members can be challenging, especially during times of war and active deployment or redeployment. Dr. Snider and Lt. Gen. Van Antwerp describe the various demographics related to military culture and what life is like for the typical service member.

CCCT 403: The Realities of Military Life for Families

Presented by Lt. Gen. Robert Van Antwerp, Paula Van Antwerp; and Rosemarie Hughes, Ph.D.

Not only are there a number of stressful realities for active duty military personnel, but the impact on spouses, children, and other family members can be equally significant. Maj. Gen. Dees, Lt. Gen. and Mrs. Van Antwerp, and Dr. Hughes share from their own military experiences while offering practical insights and suggestions.

CCCT 404: The Combat Trauma Spectrum

Presented by Rev. Chris Adsit and Rev. Rahnella Adsit

The effects of combat trauma range from reintegration stress all the way to full blown PTSD. The Adsits discuss emotional, psychological, and behavioral responses to pre-deployment, deployment, and redeployment experiences for both military personnel and their families. Particular attention is given to the entire combat trauma spectrum.

CCCT 405: Military Medical System, Veterans Medical System, and Related Issues

Presented by Leigh Bishop, M.D. and Maj. Gen. Ken Farmer (Ret.)

Both active duty military personnel and veterans frequently come into contact with the military medical system. The Department of Defense and Veteran’s Affairs utilize an established set of protocols for accessing and receiving treatment. Dr. Bishop and Maj. Gen. Farmer give an overview as it pertains to combat trauma.

CCCT 406: Assessment and Treatment Protocols

Presented by Leigh Bishop, M.D. and Eric Scalise, Ph.D.

The Department of Defense and Veteran’s Affairs employ a number of traditional medical approaches when treating PTSD and other combat trauma related conditions. Dr. Bishop and Dr. Scalise discuss a wide range of protocols and research-based therapies that have proven to be effective.

Unit 5: Spiritual Solutions

CCCT 501: A Theology of Suffering

Presented by Ron Hawkins, Ph.D.

The concept of suffering is a common theme in the Bible and people of faith often examine their beliefs as it pertains to the question of evil in the world. Dr. Hawkins outlines a sound theological framework in which to understand these important issues and how to have a balanced view regarding the fallen nature of man and the Holy nature of God.

CCCT 502: The Role of the Chaplain

Presented by Brig. Gen. Charlie Baldwin (Ret.) and Chaplain Keith Ethridge with Maj. Gen. Bob Dees (Ret.)

Pastors and chaplains play an integral role in the military, as well as in other service organizations such as hospitals, prisons, police/fire, etc. Brig. Gen. Baldwin, Col. Ethridge, and Maj. Gen. Dees provide a panel discussion on the influence and value of key ministry leaders, especially on behalf of troops and their families.

CCCT 503: The Role of the Family as a Platform for Spiritual Healing

Presented by Dennis Rainey, M.A.

When someone experiences traumatic stress or a military service person returns from deployment, it is often a family member who first recognizes the signs of traumatic stress and PTSD. Dr. Rainey discusses the spiritual and practical needs of families, the resources that are available to them, and their important role.

CCCT 504: The Role of the Church and Para-Church

Presented by Rev. Neil Rhodes; Bill Butler, Ph.D.; and Maj. Gen. Bob Dees (Ret.)

Churches frequently represent safe havens and healing communities for those who have experienced a traumatic event. Rev. Rhodes, Dr. Butler, and Maj. Gen. Dees address the myriad of ways the local church can facilitate help and provide tangible resources through spiritual care teams, support groups, and other lay led efforts.

CCCT 505: The Role of the Counselor and the Community

Presented by Linda Mintle, Ph.D.

Sometimes trauma sufferers require the services of a mental health professional and/or other community-based resources. Dr. Mintle identifies and discusses various mental health disciplines, the referral process, and ways to enhance collaboration efforts with the family, the church, and other caregivers.

CCCT 506: From Trauma to Transformation: A Team Approach

Presented by Tim Clinton, Ed.D.; Maj. Gen. Bob Dees (Ret.); and Diane Langberg, Ph.D.

In summarizing the essence of this training course in traumatic stress, it’s important to give an overview of how trauma can lead people to change and to grow personally, relationally, and spiritually. Dr. Clinton, Maj. Gen. Dees, and Dr. Langberg discuss the transformative process of post-trauma renewal, growth, and healing.


Option 1 – Pay in Full: $349

Option 2 – Payment Plan
(Call 1-800-526-8673 for interest free financing)


Q. Is this program flexible enough to fit my busy schedule?

A. Definitely. Light University is the epitome of flexibility, allowing you to design any schedule that is convenient for you. There is no deadline in which you must be finished with your coursework. You can study when and where you like and take as long as you like to complete your lessons.

Q. Is residency required for me to complete my program of study?

A. No. The entire course of study is on DVD for your convenience. You can view and review your lessons as often as you like. It is that simple. The DVD’s, along with the complete study guides, will lead you each step of the way.

Q. Will I receive a certificate when I am finished with my program of study?

A. Yes. You will receive a beautiful certificate from Light University signifying the completion of the entire program of study. Your certificate does not, however, certify you to counsel. That would be the decision of your local church pastor or counseling minister.

Q. Will I receive ongoing support and encouragement from the AACC once I have completed my studies?

A. Yes. You will receive a one-year free membership in the AACC when you enroll in the complete Caring for People God’s Way curriculum. An $109 value free! You can renew that membership once it expires and continue to receive the resources available to you from the AACC.

Q. Can I use Breaking Free as a training program for lay counselors in my ministry?

A. Yes. We have special rates available for group training programs. Call the office of Light University for more information (1-800-520-2268).

Q. Will there be other programs of study available to me in Light University once I complete Breaking Free

A.Yes. We are currently developing specialized units that will provide additional areas of study for those who wish to continue their training.

Q. Is college credit available for this training?

A. Yes. Please call our offices for details.

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