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Ethical and Cultural Issues Arising from the Psychology of Terrorism
Terrorism, Ethics & Cultural Issues continuing education counselor CEUs

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CEU Question 1 | CEU Answer Booklet | Table of Contents | Terrorism
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Introduction

Welcome to the Home Study Course sponsored by the Healthcare Training Institute, homestudycredit.com.  This course is entitled, Ethical and Cultural Issues Arising from the Psychology of Terrorism. Our primary intent for this home study course is to provide quality education to foster your professional growth.  The Institute has provided quality education since 1979. We appreciate that you have chosen us as a vehicle for you to earn your Continuing Education Credit.

The purpose of the course is to assist you in increasing your knowledge regarding how to treat patients, clients, etc. dealing with Ethical and Cultural Issues Arising from the Psychology of Terrorism.  As each case study is given, if the concepts seem to be applicable to your situation, I encourage you to turn your CD player off and make a few notes regarding the application of the principle to your setting.  However, these notes are for your purposes only and are not to be sent to the Institute.  Also each track is very content dense.  So feel free to replay the track to review the content either for your own purposes, or if you feel appropriate play the track in an individual or group session for client education.  Also permission is granted to reproduce this CD.  We encourage you to duplicate and give copies of this CD to colleagues, clients, etc. as you deem appropriate. We feel the information on our CD's is valuable.  Thus, we have an interest in distributing CD's in as many ways as possible, to benefit the greatest number of people, who have a need and are receptive to this practical information.

The questions in your Answer Booklet are sequential and deal with the section of content that preceded it.  For this reason, to facilitate the answering of each question, you might read the question from the Answer Booklet prior to listening to that CD track.  By knowing what the question is ahead of time, you will then know the content to listen for that contains the answer.  So just a hint, after you write down the answer to a question in your Answer Booklet, read on to the next question in order to give you a “heads up” to listen for the content that contains the answer to the next question.

Merely write the correct letter on the corresponding blank line in your answer booklet. Each answer is only used once. Keep in mind there is nothing tricky or hard about these questions.  They are merely intended to verify the playing of this CD.

For the purpose of brevity, most generally, I will use the term “therapists” or “mental health professional.”  However, don’t let these terms deter you from applying the concepts to your situations.  When you hear the word “therapists,” if your job title is social worker, psychologist, marriage and family therapist, mental health counselor, professional counselor, resident director, program assistant, etc. merely substitute the appropriate term that is the most meaningful to you. In short, don’t let my use of the term “therapists” cognitively set you off track from hearing the content because your job title is school counselor, for example.  I will also use the term “client” for the purposes of brevity.  However, if you deal with patients, residents, students, consumers, etc., transpose “client” for the term that is the most meaningful to you in your work setting. 

On this CD set we will discuss such topics as: Terrorist Justification and Moving Your Clients from Why to How; Terrorist's Personality, Bell's Typology of Terror, and The Immorality of a Belief; Four Reasons Why Trauma Workers are Especially Vulnerable to Compassion Fatigue; Force Multipliers and Tactics; The Media and Symbiotic Relationships; Vicarious Traumatization and Psychological Needs.

So, let’s get started...

Terrorism by definition is an act that seeks to influence a population significantly larger than the immediate target. Thus, as you know, the quality of the public’s understanding and its response to terrorism, of all varieties, is highly significant.

The title of this home study course is Ethical and Cultural Issues Arising from the Psychology of Terrorism. As you know, a definition of ethical behavior is abiding by what societal values deem as just, right, or good. For this reason, there is no question whether terrorism is ethical or not.

However, one of the ideas this home study course will explore is how the terrorists consider their actions as being ethical. My colleagues and I have found in dealing with clients after local or national acts of terrorist violence, the burning question foremost in many clients’ minds is. How could this happen? Many clients suffer much anguish over what brought the terrorists to this point? What were the foreign policies of the United States that motivated such hate toward us to result in such heinous actions? What cultural issues were involved? You may have found that you can explain to clients suffering from depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, and PTSD, to mention a few, the possible rationale or reasoning that a terrorist or group of terrorists might use to make their actions appear ethical. This explanation helps to resolve some of the exacerbation of symptoms the client experiences.

A second area to be explored is the ethical issues on the part of the mental health professional who may feel at disharmony with, or even experience countertransference, regarding the client’s fear and hate expressed in treatment. As you know, Codes of Ethics state: respect your client’s self-determination and autonomy; respect for the individual’s inherent worth and dignity; provide an atmosphere of acceptance; see the client as an individual; have a non-judgmental attitude; practice tolerance for deviance that does not harm others; and be rational, objective, empathetic and impartial. Thus, ethical issues regarding possible areas of countertransference will also be explored.
Thus, you will receive a toolbox of information concerning an overview of the psychology of terrorism. Ideally, one would hope that all terrorists’ actions will cease and you will never need to use this “toolbox” so to speak. However, should the need arise in your local community, whether it be from a church bombing or the shooting of an ethnic minority. Whether your client is a direct victim of terrorism or one of those suffering from secondary traumatic stress, having either observed or helped victims of the event, it’s hoped this material will assist you in your therapeutic intervention.
This home study course will provide you with four tools for treating clients who are affected by terrorist acts. Tool number one is providing your client with factual information about the psychology of terrorism and a discussion of ethical questions that can arise. Tool number two is moving your client from "why" questions to "how" questions in their grief process. Tool number three is a compassion fatigue self-assessment tool. Tool number four is a vicarious traumatization self-assessment tool.

 
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