Evidence-Based Interventions Used in National Traumatic Events

Discussion 1: Evidence-Based Interventions Used in National Traumatic Events

The DSM-5 task force added a section dedicated to trauma and stress. With an increased exposure to traumatic events, more individuals are exhibiting symptoms related to trauma exposure. Experiencing any of these events can result in an individual’s suffering from a trauma or stressor-related disorder.

For this Discussion, read the DSM-5 section on trauma and stressor-related disorders, in particular the articles on PTSD by Van der Kolk (2005) and Agaibi and Wilson (2005). Then search the literature for a study related to a national traumatic event and an evidence-based intervention used to treat those suffering from trauma and stressor-related issues associated with it.

· Post a brief description of the event, including a summary of how it affected the individuals involved. 

· What are some psychosocial issues that needed to be addressed following this event? Identify an intervention that was implemented to address one of the psychosocial issues. 

· Discuss the effectiveness of this intervention as stated in the article. What are some of the implications for social work in connection with traumatic events?

Support your post with specific references to the resources. Be sure to provide full APA citations for your references.

References (use 3 or more)

Agaibi, C. E., & Wilson, J. P. (2005). Trauma, PTSD, and resilience: A review of the literature. Trauma Violence Abuse, 6, 195–216.

American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing.

“Trauma-and Stressor-Related Disorders” (pp. 265–290)

Pietrzak, R., Goldstein, M., Malley, J., Johnson, D., & Southwick, S. (2009). Subsyndromal posttraumatic stress disorder is associated with health and psychosocial difficulties in veterans of operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Depression and Anxiety [serial online], 26(8), 739–744.

Rosen, G. M., Spitzer, R. L., & McHugh, P. R. (2008). Problems with the post-traumatic stress disorder diagnosis and its future in DSM-V. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 192, 3–4.

Problems with the post-traumatic stress disorder diagnosis and its future in DSM-V by Rosen, G.M., Spitzer, R.L., & McHugh, P.R. in The British Journal of Psychiatry, 192/1. Copyright 2008 by the Royal Medico-Psychological Association. Reprinted by permission of the Royal College of Psychiatrists via the Copyright Clearance Center.

Van der Kolk, B. A. (2005). Developmental trauma disorder: Towards a rational diagnosis for chronically traumatized children. Retrieved from www. traumacenter.org

Van der Kolk, B.A. (2005). Developmental trauma disorder: Towards a rational diagnosis for children with complex trauma histories by Van der Kolk, B.A., in Psychiatric Annals, 35/5. Copyright 2005 by Slack Incorporated. Reprinted by permission of Slack Incorporated via the Copyright Clearance Center.

Policy practitioners should know that being forewarned is being forearmed. You should know how to diagnose an audience, develop a persuasive strategy, have a “tactics tool bag” for dealing with difficult or expert audiences, and know how to develop non-confrontational communication methods with audiences when necessary. In short, you need to know how to skillfully defend the creative policy proposal you are about to present and how to talk to policy makers who may not be interested in the issues you are presenting.

In this Small Group Discussion, you explore and analyze strategies and ideas for presenting policy proposals.

To Prepare: Think about strategies you can use to persuade others who might not share the same concerns about your issues or your policy proposals. Think about how you might defend your position on an issue or a policy and get them to agree with your perspective. Review Chapter 9 of your text, paying special attention to the section entitled “Combative Persuasion in Step 5 and Step 6” from pages 286-292.

Post your responses to the following question presented for your small group discussion:

· Policy advocates sometimes find themselves discussing the needs of vulnerable populations with less-than-sympathetic groups of policy makers. Vulnerable populations might include families living in poverty, individuals with histories in the criminal justice system, or groups who have recently immigrated. How might you communicate the needs of vulnerable populations to policy makers who may not share your views about the need for services?

Be sure to support your post with specific references to this week’s resources. If you are using additional articles, be sure to provide full APA-formatted citations for your references.

References (use 3 or more)

Jansson, B. S. (2018). Becoming an effective policy advocate: From policy practice to social justice (8th ed.). Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning Series.

Chapter 9, “Presenting and Defending Policy Proposals in Step 5 and Step 6 of Policy Analysis” (pp. 284-326)

Jackson-Elmoore, C. (2005). Informing state policymakers: Opportunities for social workers. Social Work, 50(3), 251–261.

Wiki Part 4: Online Resources

Locating online resources for a client can be overwhelming. There is such an abundance of websites, blogs, wikis, and social networking sites that offers resources to many different populations. As a clinician, it is important for you to determine which resources are evidence-based, appropriate for the population, and easily accessible.

To prepare for your Wiki, read the Wiki Assignment Instructions document located in the resources. Then locate 5–7 online resources for those living with a mental disorder.

For this Assignment, write a 400-word wiki, being sure to use proper APA format for any citations.

Your wiki should focus on F40.00 Agoraphobia mental disorder. Include the following (in the form of URLs, physical locations, and contact information) in your entry:

· Agencies, organizations, and non-profits that offer information and resources to individuals living with F40.00 Agoraphobia

· Workshops, conferences, and suggested readings pertaining to F40.00 Agoraphobia

· Experts in the field and their locations

· Studies that offer more insight into interventions for F40.00 Agoraphobia

References (use 3 or more)

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