Injury and rehabilitation psychology and its application to working with athletic and general population clients. The psychological, social, and environmental factors that influence injury susceptibility, reaction to injury, and adherence to rehabilitation; basic assessment and intervention techniques to promote and facilitate adherence to rehabilitation in a variety of professional settings. Strong emphasis on writing, writing development, and use of scientific literature obtained through library resources throughout the course.
Explain the psychosocial requirements (i.e., motivation and self-confidence) of various activities that relate to the readiness of the injured or ill individual to resume participation (PS-C1) • Explain the stress-response model and the psychological and emotional responses to trauma and forced inactivity (PS-C2) • Describe the motivational techniques that the athletic trainer must use during injury rehabilitation and reconditioning (PS-C3) • Describe the basic principles of mental preparation, relaxation, visualization, and desensitization techniques (PS-C4) • Describe the basic principles of general personality traits, associated trait anxiety, locus of control, and patient and social environment interactions (PS-C5) • Explain the importance of providing health care information to patients, parents/guardians, and others regarding the psychological and emotional well being of the patient (PS-C6) • Describe the roles and function of various community-based health care providers (to include, but not limited, to: psychologists, counselors, social workers, human resources personnel) and the accepted protocols that govern the referral of patients to these professionals (PS-C7) • Describe the theories and techniques of interpersonal and cross-cultural communication among athletic trainers, their patients, and others involved in the health • Explain the basic principles of counseling (discussion, active listening, and resolution) and the various strategies that certified athletic trainers may employ to avoid and resolve conflicts among superiors, peers, and subordinates (PS-C9) • Identify the symptoms and clinical signs of common eating disorders and the psychological and sociocultural factors associated with these disorders (PS-C10) • Identify and describe the sociological, biological and psychological influences toward substance abuse, addictive personality traits, the commonly abused substances, the signs and symptoms associated with the abuse of these substances, and their impact on an individual’s health and physical performance (PS-C11) • Describe the basic signs and symptoms of mental disorders (psychoses), emotional disorders (neuroses, depression), or personal/social conflict (family problems, academic or emotional stress, personal assault or abuse, sexual assault, sexual harassment), the contemporary personal, school, and community health service agencies, such as community-based psychological and social support services that treat these conditions and the appropriate referral procedures for accessing these health service agencies (PS-C12) • Describe the acceptance and grieving processes that follow a catastrophic event, the need for a psychological intervention and referral plan for all parties affected by the event (PS-C13) • Describe the psychosocial factors that affect persistent pain perception (i.e., emotional state, locus of control, psychodynamic issues, sociocultural factors, and personal values and beliefs) and identify multidisciplinary approaches for managing patients with persistent pain (PS-C15) • Demonstrate the ability to conduct an intervention and make the appropriate referral of an individual with a suspected substance abuse or other mental health problem. Effective lines of communication should be established to elicit and convey information about the patient’s status. While maintaining patient confidentiality, all aspects of the intervention and referral should be documented using standardized record-keeping methods (PS-CP1) • Demonstrate the ability to select and integrate appropriate motivational techniques into a patient’s treatment or rehabilitation program. This includes, but is not limited to, verbal motivation, visualization, imagery, and/or desensitization. Effective lines of communication should be established to elicit and convey information about the techniques. While maintaining patient confidentiality, all aspects of the program should be documented using standardized record-keeping techniques (PS-CP2)