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SM 580 – Post-Traumatic Stress


This CE course is a comprehensive study of the disorder “Post-Traumatic Stress.” A well defined mental health diagnosis, students will study all facets of the disorder, including therapeutic outcomes and stress management interventions. The course is presented from a “holistic view” toward the disorder and many dimensions of therapeutic interventions are presented. Students will study the symptomology, causes, medical and mental health interventions, as well as holistic approaches to working with clients and achieving stress management outcomes. The physical, behavioral and spiritual dimensions of the disorder and its treatment are fully examined. Special causes are examined included sexual assault, traumatic injury, and loss and grief. Students will also study issues and stress management interventions for relapse prevention. Other topics that will be presented include pharmacological treatments, the history of the disorder and abuse assessment and emergency preparedness. Course Code: SM 580. Contact hours of education: 20

Prerequisites: successful completion of SM 500 through SM 570.

This course is particularly designed for those seeking education qualifications for Certification as a Stress Management Consultant by the American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc.

Instructor/Course Author:  Dominick L. Flarey, Ph.D, MBA, RN,BC, FACHE, CH-C

Link to Resume


TIME FRAME: You are allotted two years from the date of enrollment, to complete all of the courses in the stress management program. There are no set time-frames, other than the two year allotted time. If you do not complete the courses within the two-year time-frame, you will be removed from the course and an “incomplete” will be recorded for you in our records. Also, if you would like to complete the courses after this two-year expiration time, you would need to register and pay the course tuition fee again.

TEXTBOOKS: There is one (1) required textbook for this course.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Source Book. By: Glenn R. Schiraldi. McGraw-Hill Publishers. 2000. ISBN-10: 0737302658 ISBN-13: 978-0737302653

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GRADING: You must achieve a passing score of at least 70% to complete this course and receive the 30 hours of awarded continuing education credit. There are no letter grades assigned. You will receive notice of your total % score. Those who score below the minimum of 70% will be contacted by the and options for completing additional course work to achieve a passing score, will be presented.


The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is an Approved Provider for Continuing Education by the South Carolina Professional Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists and Psycho-Educational Specialists licensing board, Provider # 4637. Access information

The American Institute of Health Care Professionals (The Provider) is approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses, Provider number # CEP 15595 for 20 Contact Hours.

This course, which is approved by the Florida State Board Of Nursing (CE Provider # 50-11975) also has the following Board of Nursing Approvals, for 20 contact hours of CE

The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Arkansas Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Georgia Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the South Carolina Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Professional Registered Nurses. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the New Mexico Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.

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* Examination Access: there is link to take you right to the online examination program where you can print out your examination and work with it. All examinations are formatted as “open book” tests. When you are ready, you can access the exam program at anytime and click in your responses to the questions. Full information is provided in the online classrooms.

Student Resource Center: there is a link for access to a web page “Student Resource Center.” The Resource Center provides for easy access to all of our policies/procedures and additional information regarding applying for certification. We also have many links to many outside reference sites, such as online libraries that you may freely access.

* Online Evaluation: there is a link in the classroom where you may access the course evaluation. All students completing a course, must, without exception, complete the course evaluation.

* Faculty Access Information: you will have access to your instructor’s online resume/biography, as well as your instructor’s specific contact information.

* Additional Learning Materials: some faculty have prepared additional “readings” and /or brief lecture notes to enhance your experience. All of these are available in the online classrooms.


COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Understand and discuss the history of post-traumatic stress disorder.
2. Define and discuss the most common symptomology of the disorder.
3. Define and discuss “anxiety” and “dissociation.”
4. Define and discuss associated features of the disorder.
5. Discuss various medical, behavioral and treatment approaches to the disorder.
6. Define models for healing, recovery and growth.
7. Compare and contrast group vs. self-managed care.
8. Define and discuss core interventions to fa ciliate relaxation and control symptoms.
9. Discuss the role of anger management interventions.
10. Understand the major principles of memory work.
11. Define and discuss the use of cognitive restructuring.
12. Understand the role of “guilt” in the disorder.
13. Define the use of thought field therapy as a treatment modality.
14. Discuss the treatment method of eye desensitization and reprocessing.
15. Understand how to use healing imagery and rituals as interventions.
16. Define optional complementary approaches to care and treatment.
17. Define issues related to the disorder and sexual abuse.
18. Understand the role of spiritual care, support and growth in healing.
19. Discuss interventions used to reduce the incidence of relapse.
20. Utilize assessment tools to define incidents of abuse.
21. Review and discuss emergency preparedness for victims of abuse.
22. Discuss time management techniques as a therapeutic modality.


1. Post-traumatic stress defined
2. Symptoms and manifestations of post-traumatic stress disorder
3. Anxiety and dissociation
4. Associated features of the disorder
5. Principles of healing, recovery and growth
6. Holistic treatment approaches
7. Stabilization and balance issues and interventions
8. Affect management
9. General arousal reduction
10. Progressive relaxation
11. Autogenic training
12. Meditation practices
13. Anger management
14. Intrusion management
15. Memory work
16. Cognitive restructuring
17. Resolving guilt
18. Thought Field Therapy
19. Traumatic incident reduction
20. Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing
21. Dream management and processing
22. Healing imagery and rituals
23. Grieving losses
24. Expressive arts therapy
25. Life Review
26. Building self-esteem
27. Complementary approaches
28. Assessment of abuse
29. Spiritual and religious growth
30. Relapse prevention
31. Emergency preparedness