SYLLABUS

 

Introduction to Specialized Chaplain Studies

 

Joint Commission on Chaplain Accreditation and Education

(Police Suicide Awareness)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Harker Heights, Texas 76548
Office hours: 9am to 5pm Mon. thru Fri.
Email: Jointcommissionchaplain@hot.rr.com
 

 

 

INTRODUCTION

The Joint Commission on Chaplain Accreditation and Education offers course by distant learning and by classroom instruction.  JCCAE is accredited by Trinity Bible College and Seminary and distant learning students can opt to take our courses for certifications or the student can earn a degree using them through Trinity Bible College and Seminary.

 

All courses through the Joint Commission on Chaplain Accreditation and Education have college credit hours included for each course.  If the student wishes to have his hours matriculated, it can be put toward a degree.      

 

I.               Course Description

Introduction to Police Suicide Awareness is a three-credit course that focuses on the basics of Police Suicide Awareness. It is primarily intended for students of chaplain and Law Enforcement Chaplain education.  The course prerequisite is full admission to graduate standing or permission from the instructor. 

II.            Goals and Learning Outcomes

The overall goal of #JC3108 is to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to recognize, assess, evaluate, and counsel during the trauma of police suicide, at a faith based level. The measurable learning outcomes used to determine the degree to which this goal is being met follow:

  • Students will describe suicide as it relates to traumatic stress.

  • Students will apply suicide training to the law enforcement settings.

  • Students will recognize signs and symptoms of suicide 

  • Students will recognize triggers of trauma and suicide.

  • Students will apply counseling techniques to suicidal subjects

 

III.         Required Readings

  • Police Suicide Awareness 

  • Selected course handouts by instructor

IV.    Overall Structure of the Course

The course is designed to provide students with a variety of contexts for understanding and evaluating the suicidal police officer and how they are related. Students will be expected to apply all terms and concepts presented in the course to the chaplain profession on a daily basis.   

V.      Classroom Course Requirements

Students are required to take this course and participate in discussion, take examinations, and complete any assigned work.  Students are expected to complete any required weekly readings before class, ask questions, and turn in assignments on time.

Homework
Graded homework will be assigned as required. The homework must be turned in the following class session.

Examinations
The test will cover material from the first half of the course and should take approximately 1.5 hours to complete. The final exam will be comprehensive and may take the total time allotted for a class session.

 

Distant Learning Requirement

 

Students will purchase material from JCCAE.  When you purchase the manual a test will be sent. The test must be taken and sent to the office of JCCAE for grading.  A passing grade of 80% must be met.  Test scores will be recorded and applied to your degree program.

 

Certifications:  JCCAE offers certifications for each specialized subject in Chaplain Education. Once the course has been taken by distant learning and the test has been taken and sent to JCCAE and a grade of 80% has been met, the certificate will be mailed to you.  The certificate will have the registration number printed directly on the certificate.       

VI.    Course Policies

For classroom instruction, homework will not be accepted after the due date.  Exceptions will only be made in extenuating circumstances and at the discretion of the instructor. 

The examinations must be taken as scheduled on this syllabus and as announced in class.

Exceptions will only be made in extenuating circumstances and at the discretion of the instructor.  Make-up exams will differ from those given in class, but will cover the same material.  The examinations are open book. 

Students who have disabilities requiring special arrangements for class participation or test administration should notify the instructor of the need for such arrangements at the beginning of the semester.  

Students in this course should be familiar with the policies on Academic Responsibility and violations of academic responsibility in this course will be handled accordingly.  

VII.   Assessment and Grading

Students will be evaluated on assignments and examinations.  The examinations will be objectively scored using a scoring key.  The assignments will be graded on a scale from 0 to 100, reflecting percent of possible points earned.  Grades will be assigned using the following weights:

Homework

30%

Exams

70%

Grades will be assigned as follows:

90%

A

85%

B+

80%

B

75%

C+

70%

C

65%

D+

60%

D

VIII.  Course Outline

Topics for each class meeting are listed below.  However, circumstances may call for a departure from this schedule. Any changes to the schedule will be made in advance.  Homework assignments will be handed out one week prior to the due date.

PREFACE..

MODULE 1: POLICE SUICIDE..

SUICIDE STATISTICS AMONG POLICE OFFICERS.

Officers kill themselves at A higher rate than THE general population..

A PROFILE OF OFFICERS WHO COMMIT SUICIDE..

SUMMARY..

What statistics do not show...

understanding police suicide..

WHY SUICIDE?.

Why Police Officers Would Consider Suicide..

Obstacles to Intervention..

THE OFFICER’S MISTRUST OF COUNSELING..

Quiz.

MODULE 2:  Cultural Views of Suicide (Police Officers)

THE POLICE CULTURE..

The SILENT Killer..

The Numbers and the Culture..

Quiz.

MODULE 3: THE REASONS WHY..

PTSD, THE COP KILLER..

Emotional signs.

Physical signs.

Cognitive signs.

Behavioral signs.

Trauma..

Stress.

Posttraumatic stress.

PTSD: What It Is Not..

PTSD: What It Is.

Reliving..

Avoidance..

Arousal..

Signs of PTSD..

CUMULATIVE PTSD..

HIGH RISK FOR MORTALITYAND PSYCHOLOGICAL STRESS.

CANCER, HEART DISEASE, SUICIDE and ALCOHOL ABUSE..

SHIFT WORK..

EMOTIONAL TROUBLE..

LOSS OF CONTROL..

HOPELESSNESS.

PROFILES.

Quiz.

MODULE 4: Risk factors for suicide.

Suicide Risk Assessment..

what can be done?.

TIPS THAT HELP ALLEVIATE THE PROBLEM...

Myths about Suicide..

Quiz.

MODULE 5: Preventing Police Suicide.

An Organizational Model..

Acknowledging the problem...

RECOGNIZING THE PROBLEM...

Psychological Assessment..

Tracking High Risk Officers.

Access to Firearms.

Training..

Stress Awareness.

Executive level training in suicide awareness.

Intervention..

Retirement Counseling..

The Nature of Suicidal Communications.

Verbal suicidal communications.

Responding to the Warning Signs.

HOW TO TALK TO SOMEONE WHO IS SUICIDAL..

Law Enforcement SUPPORT in Preventing Suicide..

WHAT CAN FELLOW OFFICERS DO?.

Education..

Policy..

PAY ATTENTION TO WARNING SIGNS.

BE THERE!

get A commitment..

Reactions of Fellow Officers to an Officer Suicide..

Shock and disbelief.

Identification..

Symptoms.

Sadness.

Guilt and anger..

How to Cope, How to Heal..

Talk about it..

Clinical or Clergy services.

Grief leadership.

Families.

Agency-Based Counseling..

GUARANTEE Confidentiality..

SHOW GENUINE Concern YOUR Officers.

Agency Discipline and Legal Issues.

Peer Counseling..

Police Chaplains and Outside Clergy..

PROGRAMS / ORGANIZATIONS.

Removing Officers’ Firearms.

Assistance for Co-Workers of Officers Who Have Committed Suicide..

MODULE 6: THE FAITH BASED COUNSELOR..

The Role of Clergy in Preventing Suicide..

Recognizing the Warning Signs.

Responding to the Warning Signs.

Recognize your limits.

HELPING an Officer Cope with Suicidal Ideations.

Be kind and show interest in him...

KEEP PRIVACY..

Be empathetic..

Never act as a moral authority..

Ask the question..

Determine how lethal THE intent is.

Have faith and rest easy..

Be discreet..

Stay in touch..

Intervention with the suicidal officer..

Define the Problem...

Ensure Safety..

Warnings.

Quiz.

MODULE 7: STRESS COPING SKILLS.

Maintain as normal a schedule as possible..

FOR FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS.

THE PRICE OF POLICING..

THE PHYSIOLOGY OF STRESS.

THE GENERAL ADAPTION SYNDROME..

ALARM REACTION STAGE..

SMALL TOWN POLICING..

THE NEED TO INTERVENE..

TRAUMATIC JOB STRESS.

BURN OUT..

WORK OVERLOAD VERSUS WORK STAGNATION..

HUMAN PHYSIOLOGY..

ROLE CONFLICT & THE POLICE FAMILY..

FAMILY STRAIN..

ROTATING SCHEDULES.

HOME LEADERSHIP STYLE..

EMOTIONAL AVAILABILITY..

IMAGE ARMOR COPING STRATEGIES.

LACK OF SOCIAL SUPPORT..

OVERLOAD..

SHIFTWORK/MIDNIGHTS.

RESPONSIBILITY FOR PEOPLE..

Depression and Anxiety for Police..

PERSPECTIVES.

REMEDIES.

COPING TECHNIQUES.

CONCLUSION..

Quiz.

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