COUN5851 Trauma Counselling

Graduate Diploma Level Unit

Duration: One Trimester

Level: 500 (2nd  year)

Credit Points: 8 (out of a total 96)

Prerequisites: All year 1 units: COUN5131; COUN5141; COUN5151; COUN5161; COUN5171; COUN5831

Mode(s) of Delivery: On-Campus and Blended

Core/Elective: Core


Unit Description

This unit examines trauma in contemporary society and across the lifespan. Working within an evidence-based strengths-based framework, students learn to assess client presentations of trauma from physical, cognitive, behavioural, cultural, spiritual and philosophical perspectives. Students learn case conceptualisation when working with trauma and how to match interventions to different forms of trauma and client population groups. They develop skills in the application of trauma-informed practice for the physical, emotional and cultural safety of clients. The impact on the counsellor when working with trauma in clients is explored. The application of self-reflexivity and the development of strategies for self-care are addressed in this unit.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the unit students will be able to:

a) Review, interpret, integrate, synthesise and apply an advanced theoretical knowledge of trauma in contemporary society and across the lifespan.

b) Critically analyse, evaluate and ethically apply information to complete a range of activities in the application of trauma-informed practice for the physical, emotional and cultural safety of clients.

c) Competently apply and transmit advanced knowledge to effectively demonstrate sophisticated levels of self-reflexivity, autonomy and adaptability, when working with trauma in clients.

d) Demonstrate an advanced capacity to critically analyse, synthesise and communicate ideas at an advanced academic level, using contemporary communication approaches.

Unit Workload

The workload for this unit is 12 hours per week.

Textbook

The required text book for this unit  can be found by viewing the Discipline of Counselling textbook list by selecting the course and trimester at the following link: http://www.acap.edu.au/current-students/managing-my-course/order-course-materials-and-text-books/

Academic Misconduct

Ethical conduct and academic integrity and honesty are fundamental to the mission of ACAP. Academic misconduct will not be tolerated by the college. This includes plagiarism of any nature. It is your responsibility to make sure that you understand what constitutes plagiarism in order to ensure that you do not engage in it. Please refer to the Academic Misconduct Policy for full details.

Disclaimer

Unit information may be subject to change prior to the teaching trimester commencing.  Once term has commenced please review the Unit Outline in your class space to ensure your trimester study plan is correct.