Students will explore both the theoretical and conceptual foundations of traumatic stress syndromes at four interrelated levels: biological, psychological, socio-interpersonal and cultural. Definitions and theories of cultural safety are also examined in relation to therapeutic responses in responding to traumatic stress syndromes.
Topic 1: The principles of cultural safety in working with diverse populations.
Topic 2: Symptomatology of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Topic 3: Trauma and the limbic system: the stress response.
Topic 4: Developmental levels and psychobiological effects of trauma (child development)
Topic 5: Indigenous therapeutic approaches in responding to trauma.
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||demonstrate an understanding of definitions of cultural safety and cultural security when working with traumatised individuals and groups||Intellectual rigour||Ethical practice||Cultural competence|
|2||explain the relationship of trauma to physiological distress||Intellectual rigour||Ethical practice||Cultural competence|
|3||identify complex, compounded traumatisation across generations from a biological as well as a social perspective||Intellectual rigour||Ethical practice||Cultural competence|
|4||demonstrate knowledge of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder diagnosis, particularly in relationship to biological and cross-cultural aspects of trauma||Intellectual rigour||Ethical practice||Cultural competence|
|5||critically evaluate various healing methods in response to the effects of traumatic stress syndromes.||Intellectual rigour||Ethical practice||Cultural competence|
- No prescribed texts.
Teaching and assessment
|Tutorial online 2 hours (7 weeks)|
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