School of Public Health and Community Medicine

Critical Incident Stress Management (YMED5007)

Description

This course will incorporate the most recent research on the effects of stress and trauma by introducing students to a comprehensive understanding of the neurophysiology of stress and trauma. Since the body’s physiology as well as the psychology of the individual is each uniquely affected by stressful and traumatic events, the interface of cognitive-based and body-based practices is considered essential for the complete resolution of stress and trauma reactions. The topics of stress, trauma, vicarious trauma and mass trauma will be explored as it is experienced by the individual and large populations. This course combines experiential class activities, evidenced based readings and research so students can conceptualize as well as practice these skills so they can track their quality of health through multiple activities such as heart rate monitoring, sleep habits, clarity of focus and mindfulness practice activities.

Course Outcomes

The learning outcomes that students should achieve upon successful completion of this course. 

  1. Core Competency EP 2.1.1 – Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly. a. Adhere to respectful boundaries. b. Develop healthy relationships through effective communication with self and others. c. Develop time-management skills Practice behaviours 1a, 1b and 1c a. Demonstrate non- judgmental communication [In class exercises] b. Personal and group critique of readings and class exercises c. Develop a mindfulness practice [using tapes, workbook and class exercises]
  2. Core Competency EP 2.1.3 – Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments a. Distinguish, appraise, and integrate multiple sources of knowledge, including research-based knowledge and practice wisdom. b. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication in working with students Practice behaviours 3a, 3b and 3c a. Complete a comprehensive synthesis of the literature associated with a specific quality of life time [Research Fast Fact Assignment] b. Demonstrate collaboration with student groups [Research Fast Fact] c. Participate in discussions with leaders in the health community
  3. Core Competency EP 2.1.7 - Apply knowledge of human behaviour and the social environment a. Critique and apply knowledge to understand person and environment. b. Explore the impact of environment on humans and vice versa Practice behaviour 3a and 3b a. Develop awareness and strategies of environmental factors that influence lifestyle patterns (In class exercise] b. Explore the impact of culture on lifestyle habits and behaviours that affect levels of stress.
Teaching strategies

This course is being taught by Arizona State University (ASU), and will be offered to UNSW students. The course will be offered solely online, and utilise the internationally renowned online educational systems of ASU.

Assessment

Assessment Task 1 - Reflection Journal
Weighting: 15%
Length: n/a

Assessment Task 2 - Critical Thinking Workbook Assignment
Weighting: 30%
Length: n/a

Assessment Task 3 - Peer Reviewed Assignment
Weighting: 10%
Length: n/a

Assessment Task 4 - Body Centered Practice and Reflection Assignment
Weighting: 15%
Length: n/a

Assessment Task 5 - Personal Incident Reflection Essay
Weighting: 15%
Length: n/a

Assessment Task 6 - Vision Board Statements Assignment
Weighting: 5%
Length: n/a

Assessment Task 7 - Vision Statement Assignment
Weighting: 10%
Length: n/a