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PSY-2712-VR01Y - Special Topics: Trauma Origins & Impacts

Synonym: 176795
Location: Rutland
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Accelerated Section: This course has special meeting dates and times. See comments below or consult VSC Web Services - Search for Sections in the VSC portal for specific dates and times. If you have any questions call the site office offering the course.
Day/Times: Tuesday, TBA - & Monday, 06:00P - 08:45P
Semester Dates: 10-29-2018 to 12-17-2018
Last day to drop without a grade: 11-07-2018 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-27-2018 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Rebecca Majoya | View Faculty Credentials
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration

Comments: Accelerated hybrid course: Meets online and Mondays, 6-8:45pm.

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Course Description:

This course introduces students to a variety of viewpoints on human trauma from contemporary social science disciplines. Students will explore the nature and impact of trauma across the lifespan and will discuss current theories, research, and interventions. The course will examine societal impacts and responses to trauma from global, cultural, and historical perspectives. Recommended prior learning: Introduction to Psychology, Human Growth & Development, or Child Development.

Essential Objectives:

1. Describe the causes and characteristics of various types of human trauma and traumatic stress.
2. Examine current scientific theories and research regarding the impacts of individual and societal trauma and recommended interventions.
3. Explore the biological, cognitive, emotional, and interpersonal impacts of trauma on individuals over the lifespan.
4. Examine the societal costs and impacts of trauma from global, cultural, economic, political, and historical perspectives.
5. Describe common behavioral manifestations of trauma in children, adolescents, adults and in traumatized communities.
6. Describe and give examples of trauma-informed practice and factors that promote resiliency in the helping professions (Criminal Justice, Human Services, Education, Healthcare, Substance Abuse work, etc.).

Additional Instructor Pre-Assignments/Notes/Comments:

 This class is ideal for anyone who currently works with people, or if you plan to. Based on the fact that everyone you come in contact with will have experienced some type of trauma, you will find immediate integration into your current job and life!


 Class Discussion  on readings assigned

Tidbits of self care

Ted Talks/You Tube/Short movie snips

Special guest speakers

Reflections on class content

Evaluation Criteria:



Class participation      30%


Reflection papers       30%


Final paper                  30%


Final exam                  10%

Grading Criteria:

 A+ through A-: For any work to receive an "A," it must clearly be exceptional or outstanding work. It must demonstrate insight and original thinking. It must demonstrate full understanding of the topic or issues addressed, and it must also provide a critical analysis of these. In addition, an "A" grade reflects a student's ability to clearly and thoughtfully articulate their learning.

B+ through B-: For any work to receive a "B," it must be good to excellent work. It must demonstrate strong originality, comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "B" grade reflects a student's ability to clearly articulate their learning.

C+ through C-: For any work to receive a "C," it must meet the expectations of the assignment. It must demonstrate solid comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "C" grade reflects a student's ability to adequately articulate their learning. Students are encouraged to discuss with the instructor how to raise this grade in future assignments.

D+ through D-: For any work to receive a "D," it must marginally meet the expectations of the assignment. It demonstrates minimal comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "D" grade may reflect a student's difficulty in articulating their learning. Students are encouraged to discuss this grade with the instructor.

F: Work that receives an "F" grade does not meet the expectations or objectives of the assignment. It demonstrates consistent problems with comprehension, organization, critical thinking, and supporting details. In addition, an "F" grade reflects a student's inability to articulate his or her learning. Students are strongly urged to discuss this grade with their instructor and advisor.


Fall 2018 textbook data will be available on June 4. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.

The last day to use a Financial Aid advance to purchase textbooks is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Contact Faculty:

Email: Rebecca Majoya
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Pamela O'Connor

Attendance Policy:

        One or more absences will affect your final grade.

      If you are falling behind, have circumstances beyond your control, please talk to me, I may be able to advise.

     Arriving late/leaving early may also impact your final grade, it is distracting to your classmates, and unprofessional.

     Snow Days- If I need to cancel a class for some unforeseen reason, I will call you, otherwise you can hear cancellations or delays by checking moodle or calling CCV  802-254-6370 (you will get the answering machine with a message)

Please note: In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the Americans with Disabilities Coordinator in their site and bring documentation with them.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

Course description details subject to change. Please refer to this document frequently.

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