American Association of Christian Counselors
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Curriculum

Unit 1

CCCT 101: Introduction to Crisis Counseling
Dr. Tim Clinton, MG (Ret.) Bob Dees and Dr. Diane Langberg
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
Dr. Eric Scalise
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
Dr. Diane Langberg
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
Dr. Arch Hart
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.

CCT 105: Trauma and Attachment
Dr. Gary Sibcy
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
Dr. Eric Scalise, Jennifer Cisney and Dr. Kevin Ellers
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

CCCT 201: Impact Dynamics of Crisis and Trauma
Jennifer Cisney
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
Thomas Webb
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
Joshua Straub
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
Dr. Kevin Ellers
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
Dr. Eric Scalise
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
Rev. Leroy Scott and Dr. Pat Miersma
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

CCCT 301: Signs and Symptoms of PTSD
Dr. Michael Lyles
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
Jennifer Cisney 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
Dr. Mark Laaser
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
Dr. Kevin Ellers
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
Dr. David Jenkins and Dr. Michael Lyles
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
Dr. Gary and Lolly 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

CCCT 401: War, Deadly Force, and the Bible
Pastor Todd Wagner
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
Dr. Don Snider and LTG 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
LTG and Mrs. Van Antwerp and Dr. Rosemarie Hughes
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
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
Dr. Leigh Bishop and MG (Ret.) Ken Farmer
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
Dr. Leigh Bishop with Dr. Eric Scalise
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

CCCT 501: A Theology of Suffering
Dr. Ron Hawkins
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
BG (Ret.) Charlie Baldwin and Chaplain Keith Ethridge with MG (Ret.) Bob Dees
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
Dr. Dennis Rainey
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
Rev. Neil Rhodes, Dr. Bill Butler and MG (Ret.) Bob Dees
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
Dr. Linda Mintle
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
Dr. Tim Clinton, MG (Ret.) Bob Dees and Dr. Diane Langberg
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.