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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

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.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 clarify the relationships of primary and secondary trauma, and its effects and affects upon the Provider/Providee relationship
2 demonstrate knowledge of secondary trauma theories in relationship to personal and professional traumatic identification processes
3 analyse the Provider/Providee experience of healthy communications as a key component in resolving the content and context of secondary trauma
4 describe relationships between secondary traumatisation and human service provision structures, processes and organisations
5 assess the effects of primary, delayed and secondary traumatisation components within the Provider/Providee relationship
6 review and have an increased awareness of one's own secondary traumatisation with a skilled ability to contain and transform these emotional states
7 demonstrate knowledge of definitions of cultural safety and its role in Provider/Providee contexts.

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

  1. clarify the relationships of primary and secondary trauma, and its effects and affects upon the Provider/Providee relationship
    • GA3:
    • GA6:
    • GA7:
  2. demonstrate knowledge of secondary trauma theories in relationship to personal and professional traumatic identification processes
    • GA3:
    • GA6:
    • GA7:
  3. analyse the Provider/Providee experience of healthy communications as a key component in resolving the content and context of secondary trauma
    • GA3:
    • GA6:
    • GA7:
  4. describe relationships between secondary traumatisation and human service provision structures, processes and organisations
    • GA3:
    • GA6:
    • GA7:
  5. assess the effects of primary, delayed and secondary traumatisation components within the Provider/Providee relationship
    • GA3:
    • GA6:
    • GA7:
  6. review and have an increased awareness of one's own secondary traumatisation with a skilled ability to contain and transform these emotional states
    • GA3:
    • GA6:
    • GA7:
  7. demonstrate knowledge of definitions of cultural safety and its role in Provider/Providee contexts.
    • GA3:
    • GA6:
    • GA7: