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Psychological Responses to Stress and Trauma

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Course DatesWeeksMeeting TimesStatusInstructor(s)CRN
July 21, 2014 - July 25, 20141M-F 12:45-3:35POpenT B D10417

Course Description

This class is for students who are interested in psychology, and more specifically in the topic of stress disorders and anxiety. The class will focus on normal and pathological responses to stress, how stress disorders such as PTSD are diagnosed and treated, and how they are different from other types of mental illness. Students will learn stress-management techniques such as relaxation.

This course will examine all aspects of the psychology of human responses to stress and trauma. We will cover the types of events that cause these reactions, and we will cover the range of human responses to stress and trauma including: anxiety, stress, Acute Stress Disorder and Post-Traumatic Stress disorder. Students will also gain an understanding of the causes, symptoms, and treatments of anxiety and stress disorders and will gain an understanding of psychology in practice by observing treatment techniques for anxiety disorders and by learning basic anxiety reduction techniques. This class is designed to be an in-depth look at one category of psychological disorders, but it will also give students an inside view into the practice of Clinical Psychology, psychological research, and careers in psychology.

In addition to working knowledge of the symptoms and treatments of anxiety and stress disorders, students will also have a deeper understanding of the field of clinical psychology, and will understand career paths and options available to them. By the end of this course students will apply their knowledge of anxiety and stress to their own lives, and to the field of psychology as a whole.

High school science and English are highly recommended and some Psychology is beneficial.