This course examines how the severe psychological stress that comes with a disaster; critical incident or a life crisis affects an individual’s biology, conceptions of the world, and psychological functioning. On the basis of case studies (e.g. Paris attacks), the course covers models for crisis interventions and provides a theoretical framework for understanding psychological resilience and vulnerability. Why do some people hardly react to traumatic incidences while others are marked for life?
Furthermore, individual differences regarding traumatic events will be explored. You will be introduced to the core concepts of preventive interventions, crisis intervention, and management. Individuals, groups and organizations will be considered. Cultural implications will be addressed by exploring the European perspective. Finally, this course will address both natural events and contemporary issues leading to crisis and trauma (e.g., natural disasters and terrorism).
Related Discipline(s)This course would also be of interest to the following discipline(s):
Pre-Medicine/Health Science, Sociology