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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

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.

Unit content

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.

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.

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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
2 explain the relationship of trauma to physiological distress
3 identify complex, compounded traumatisation across generations from a biological as well as a social perspective
4 demonstrate knowledge of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder diagnosis, particularly in relationship to biological and cross-cultural aspects of trauma
5 critically evaluate various healing methods in response to the effects of traumatic stress syndromes.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of definitions of cultural safety and cultural security when working with traumatised individuals and groups
    • GA1:
    • GA3:
    • GA7:
  2. explain the relationship of trauma to physiological distress
    • GA1:
    • GA3:
    • GA7:
  3. identify complex, compounded traumatisation across generations from a biological as well as a social perspective
    • GA1:
    • GA3:
    • GA7:
  4. demonstrate knowledge of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder diagnosis, particularly in relationship to biological and cross-cultural aspects of trauma
    • GA1:
    • GA3:
    • GA7:
  5. critically evaluate various healing methods in response to the effects of traumatic stress syndromes.
    • GA1:
    • GA3:
    • GA7: