Unit description

Introduces students to the issues and needs of Human Service Providers to address the processes, issues and management of secondary/vicarious traumatisation. Students will benefit from a group experientially educative structure. Students will also explore theories and definitions in relation to self-care responses in addressing symptoms of secondary traumatisation. Group exercises and activities, supported by informed discussions will support the learning process of students to deepen their understanding of theories and concepts presented.

Unit content

Topic 1: Secondary Trauma - what is secondary trauma?
Topic 2: Background and issues in secondary trauma
Topic 3: Secondary traumatisation and human service provision
Topic 4: Structures, processes, organisations and communities
Topic 5: Dealing with your own secondary traumatisation

Learning outcomes

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

Prescribed texts

Session 1

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Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Workshop on-site 3 hours (7 weeks)
Reflective writing50%


Teaching method
Tutorial online 2 hours (7 weeks)
Reflective writing50%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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