Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care and Practice (8ALF008)

Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care and Practice (8ALF008)

Level ~ Graduate Certificate
Teaching period ~ Semester 2
Type ~ Lifespan Unit

This unit enables the student to understand and critique the concepts of trauma and trauma informed care within the context of action and promotion of practices that support and facilitate optimal wellbeing of people with lived experience and those who support or work with them.

Students increase their understanding of current practice and consider alternatives that improve application of trauma informed principles in practice.

This unit starts from 6 September and finishes on 22 October 2021.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate application of the principles of trauma-informed care and practice. ; and
  • Critically analyse the adaptations required to improve the application of trauma informed principles to current approaches and/or interventions; and
  • Examine the tensions that exist in trauma-informed care


Weekly Schedule
Week 1 Trauma and resilience across the lifespan
Week 2 Principles of trauma-informed care and practice
Week 3 Trauma-related mental ill health
Week 4 Vicarious trauma = Workplace context and practice
Week 5 Strategies for improving mental health outcomes (trauma-informed)