November 17, 2009- This months session was Teaching Summer Immersion with presentations from Rick Thompson, Dean of School of Math and Science, Claudia Lingertat-Putnam, Department of Educational Psychology, and Carrie Hulligan from the Department of English.
Rick Thompson began the discussion by talking about a class he taught at McMurry University on how to become an astronomer in three weeks. Thompson talked about the “mayterm” courses that were provided to students. These classes were “outside the box” type of courses which created an opportunity for courses to involve travel and field work. Thompson continued by talking about the outline of the course which includes basic observational astronomy topics, computer software, instrumentation, and details of running an observatory. Thompson also talked about the difficulties faced due to this immersion course such as travel expenses, weather, range of backgrounds and abilities of the students, and lack of support. Finally, Thompson discussed the benefits this program has on students.
Next, Carrie Hulligan, an instructor from the English department, talked about her unique experience teaching therapeutic writing and literature during summer 2008 and 2009 online. Many of the challenges Hulligan faced was condensing information into a six week program without compromising the integrity of the class, as well as trying to get students involved and motivated online. One way to do so, Hulligan separated assignments into low and high stake assignments on blackboard, including a mini bio in order to create the dynamic seen in the traditional classroom. Overall, Hulligan’s main objective was to create a tone thats inspiring for students.
Finally, Claudia Lingertat-Putnam who teaches in the counseling department, talked about her experience teaching a hybrid course usually taught as a graduate course. Lingertat-Putnam saw the immersion format as an opportunity for something different with the intense material covered in the class and skill building. Challenges faced begun with the way summer immersion is marketed, because the class is offered during the summer Lingertat-Putnam found it difficult to get students serious and committed to the three week course. At the end of the presentation, Lingertat-Putnam talked about the syllabus for CSL 597: Counseling Bereaved Children, course outline, and assignments students are involved in during this program.
Below you will find the materials each presenter shared during the session. To hear this session, as well as past Provision sessions, please visit the “Session Podcast” link.
CSL 597: Counseling Bereaved Children
Dr. Claudia Lingertat-Putnam
Class Participation & Attendance 20%
Given the intense nature of the immersion format, students are expected to attend all class sessions, be on time, and actively participate in class, including online coursework (case studies, blogs, etc). Students are expected to be prepared for each class by having completed all assignments on time. Participation includes regular involvement in class discussions, small group, in-class exercises, class presentations, online work, blogs, wiki’s and other related activities. Late assignments will not be accepted. Each missed class (traditional or online) results in a drop of half a grade for the entire class (i.e. A to A-, A- to B+, etc.).
- Personal Reflection Paper 15%
- Based on personal experiences and the readings, students are to explore the meaning of grief & loss in their own lives. DUE 5/19/09. Write a 4 – 6 page typed, double spaced paper in at least 12 font and answer the following:
- What experience(s) have you personally had with grief & loss?
- What does your family consider an appropriate emotional expression and integration of the loss?
- What are your family’s gender rules for handling the loss/death?
- Do certain types of death carry a stigma (i.e. suicide) or are especially traumatic (i.e death of a child)?
- What are your personal beliefs about life after death? Do they match your family’s beliefs about what happens after death?
- What are your family’s culturally prescribed rituals for managing the dying process, the deceased’s body, the disposal of the body, and the commemoration of the death?
- Which of these beliefs do you maintain to this day?
- How do these beliefs influence you as a counselor, particularly when counseling bereaved children and their families?
- Integration Assignment 10%
- Using one of the choice books, students will apply:
- the stages of grief from Kubler-Ross;
- Bowbly and Parkes’ 4 phases of mourning; and
- Worden’s phases of grief
- to the main characters in the stories. Write up your findings in an APA style 3-5 page typed, double-spaced paper using at least 12 font. Examples from the whole of the book chosen must be included. DUE 5/28/09.
- Case Studies 20%
- Using assigned case studies from Fiorini & Mullen (2006) and Webb (2002), students are expected to:
- answer all questions from each case (individually) and post appropriate responses on Blackboard using the blog feature.
- Additionally, students will work in small groups to search for websites/online resources that contain information on the issue presented. Each student will share their findings (the site addresses, etc.) on their group’s page and add some comments about what they found.
- Students must also respond to someone else’s subtopic in their group. Responses should be in-depth and reflective, indicative of the critical thinking expected of graduate students.
- Case studies Week One: (F&M) Gabby, pg. 95; Renee, pg. 113; Ch. 3 Questions pg. 67
- Case studies Week Two: (F&M) Larry, pg. 72; Samantha, pg. 182; Ch. 7 questions pg. 162
- Resource Wiki 35%
- Students will construct a Wiki (a collaboratively built webpage) for parents, counselors, and youth at http://counselingbereavedyouth.pbworks.com This assignment consists of four components which are all due 5/29/09 at 9 p.m.
- Journal Article Review/Annotated Bibliography 10%
- Pick a topic related to counseling bereaved children (get approval from professor). Find 5 current articles (within the last 5 years) on this topic. Articles must be from peer reviewed, professional journals. Write up an annotated bibliography (APA style) on these articles (one paragraph summary of article) and post it to the Wiki at the URL above, from here on out referred to as the class Wiki.
- Book Reviews & resources 10%
- Find 2 books that parents, teachers or counselors could use as resources when working with bereaved children and/or adolescents. You may use books listed in the supplemental reading guide or find them on your own. The books can be: activity books, children’s books, or a resource guide for parents/professionals. They must be a minimum of 25 pages in length each. Write a book review for each book (see example handed out in class) including the reference in APA style for each resource & post it to the class Wiki.
- Web-based resources 5%
- Each student is required to post at least 4-5 links to current video, articles, resources, etc. that bereaved children or caregivers could access if looking for help on the web. Post to class Wiki.
- Field Experience Blog 10%
- Volunteer at a bereavement camp, visit an agency providing services to bereaved children (e.g. Haven, Hospice), or interview someone close to you about their experiences with grief, loss and death as a child. These experiences must be completed during the immersion course (i.e. you cannot use past experience for this assignment). Write up a 750 – 1,000 word summary of your visit/interview (including the date completed) on the PBWiki as a blog entry. Emphasize what you learned that would be helpful to others (other counselors, other bereaved persons, etc.) Please do not post full names on the web; use initials or first names only. Post to class Wiki.
CSL 597: Counseling Bereaved Children
- DATE TOPIC DUE FOR CLASS
- 5/11 M Part I: Foundations (F & M) Ch. 1; Ch. 1& 11
- Children and Grief
- 5/12 T Vicarious Traumatization Ch. 2 & 15
- Assessment (G) Ch. 14; (F&M) Ch. 2
- Cultural Implications Personal Reflection worksheet
- Review of assessment tool
- Cultural chapter jigsaw
- 5/13 W Play therapy
- Guest Speaker: Dr. Maria Fast
- Traumatic Grief Ch. 8
- (F&M) Ch. 10
- 5/14 Th Online Case Studies Week One
- 5/18 M Part II: Loss
- Death in the Family Ch. 3, 4, 5
- (G) Ch. 4 & 5
- (F&M) Ch. 5
- Case Studies Week 1 due 6p.m.
5/19 T Suicide Ch. 6
- Crisis Intervention/Postvention Services Ch. 9; (G) Ch. 13
- Personal Refl. due
5/20 W Violent Death Ch. 7, 10, 16
Community Violence (F & M) Ch. 9
5/21 Th Online Resource Wiki
Case Studies Week 2
5/26 T Part III: Interventions
Using the Expressive Arts
Guest Speaker, Joan Horgan Case Studies Week 2 due 6 p.m.
Interventions Ch. 11
5/27 W Bereavement Groups,
Art & Storytelling Ch. 12, 13 14
- 5/28 Th Intervention and Counseling Integration Paper Due
Endings and Closure
- 5/29 F Online Resource Wiki Due 9 p.m.