This program is designed for professional counselors who wish to expand their portfolio into the area of crisis intervention. This program provides theoretical training and focuses on the best practices in crisis intervention applications for many settings and populations.
Level 1 Expected Availability Credits Fall Winter Summer Crisis Intervention/Theories/ModelsBSCI-1029 2 Yes No Yes Students will learn about the evolution and development of crisis intervention theories and models, and will have an opportunity to examine ethical, legal and multi-cultural issues as well as current best practices in the field trends in this field. Along with a clear understanding of how to apply crisis intervention models to their practical work in this field. Death & DyingBSCI-1030 2 No Yes No Death is an elemental aspect of life. It is an inevitable transition yet it seems to remain one stage of the life cycle that causes most discomfort. This course enables students to explore their own life backgrounds as they engage in a critical and exploratory study of ideas and issues surrounding Death and Dying. The course will look at Society's attitudes about death, varied meanings and definitions and their influence on the thoughts and feeling of an individual's capacity to acknowledge and prepare for end of life. Students will study the concept of a Death System as theorized by Robert Kastenbaum. Students will look at issues related to anxiety, acceptance or denial and palliative care. The will allow students to examine causes of death, including illness, traumatic loss and suicide. Students will also examine the critical role of the communicational processes in understanding and relating to dying people. Domestic ViolenceBSCI-1031 2 No Yes No This course provides students with an opportunity to explore many of the issues related to domestic violence. Topics to be studied include: Battered Woman Syndrome, the Battering Cycle, and immediate and long-term effects on children. Other subjects to be examined are the abuse of pregnant women, women with disabilities, issues distinct to multi-cultural, Aboriginal women and same sex violence, and relevant Canadian history and legislation. VictimizationBSCI-1032 2 Yes No Yes Students will learn about the emotional impact of victimization. The focus will be on victims of residential break and enter, children and trauma, victims of crime such as; those sexually assaulted, elders, and victims of hate crimes. There will be a special emphasis on recognizing and preventing vicarious (VT), and secondary victimization. VT is also known as secondary traumatic stress, and can affect family, friends, witnesses, first responders such as paramedics, police and health care professionals.
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