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Assignment: Traumatic Impact and Response

In the aftermath of terrorist attacks or genocide, there are often more survivors than fatalities. Survivors may experience a variety of trauma symptoms, including intense fear, crippling grief, guilt, disorientation, and rage. In addition, survivors may be at risk for developing psychological disorders, such as depression and PTSD. There is often a marked variation in the way in which survivors react to terrorism and genocide, depending on factors such as proximity to the traumatic event, intensity of trauma symptoms following the event, and personal coping strategies previously employed by the survivors. The variation of survivors’ reactions demands that crisis workers be flexible in how they choose and apply crisis intervention strategies. In order to choose an appropriate crisis intervention strategy, crisis workers first must assess and evaluate the affective, behavioral, and cognitive impact to survivors and the larger ecological impact to communities. Then, based on the assessment, an appropriate intervention strategy can be chosen.

To prepare for this Assignment:

Identify two accounts of terrorism and/or genocide from this week’s readings and consider the affective, behavioral, cognitive, and ecological impact of each.

Review the assigned readings and consider strategies and/or skills you might use to respond to survivors of the accounts of terrorism and/or genocide that you identified.

The Assignment: (2–3 pages). Please note the longer Assignment length than previous weeks.

Analyze the traumatic impact (e.g., affective, behavioral, cognitive, and ecological) of two different acts of terrorism and/or genocide from this week’s readings.

Explain how you might respond to each account of terrorism and/or genocide. In your explanation, be sure to include brief descriptions of the crisis intervention strategies and/or skills you might use to respond to survivors and explain why you chose them.

Support your Assignment with specific references to all resources used in its preparation.

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