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Trauma Counselling (CSL674)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description In this unit students can expect to learn theories, as well as models of best practice, in the field of circumscribed and complex trauma. The unit's broad based learning framework introduces neuro-biological models, up to date brain research and corresponding advances in working with trauma. It also illuminates the interaction between trauma and complicated grief. Attention will be given to social context and human diversity.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Conceptually understand varied trauma presentations in children and adults.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of prevalence, definitions, context, types of trauma and attachment dynamics.
3. Describe the developmental, relational, cognitive, emotional and motivational aspects of the after-effects of trauma.
4. Critically appraise different theories and models related to the processes inherent in traumatisation, treatment and recovery. Apply advanced knowledge of theoretical perspectives and models of resilience and traumatic growth to working with traumatised people.
5. Be knowledgeable of best-practice in trauma work, including aspects of trust, safety, containment and transparency.
6. Understand principles of trauma-informed care, recovery and the phases of treatment for complex trauma.
7. Apply a repertoire of interventions based on a solid understanding of evidence based research.
8. Demonstrate skills of basic resource and resilience building to promote recovery.
9. Meaningfully integrate all the above knowledge into a relational stance towards working with trauma survivors and demonstrate clarity on how attachment issues may be present in the therapeutic process.
10. Revise a personal self-care plan and continue practising self-care interventions to prevent vicarious traumatisation and burn-out.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures/Seminars: 3 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is based on both theoretical and applied learning and will involve direct lecture-style teaching, experiential learning, case-based learning, and group-based activities which foster integrated learning.
Assessment Assessment comprises 1 case study, 6 fortnightly discussion forums, and an in-class test, which is held during semester in order to make the test a feedback tool as well. Students will receive written feedback on their written work, topic-based feedback on areas that have come up in the assessments as needing further learning, plus feedback by peers and the lecturer throughout the teaching of the unit. Feedback by the lecturer in writing on assignments and in the class setting will guide the students' development of critical thinking about complex cases, foster the articulation of well-considered conceptualisation as well as general communication and interpersonal skills and prepare for multidisciplinary practice. Peer activities and self-reflective practice will be further sources of feedback.
Prerequisites Enrolment in Master of Counselling. Other students wanting to study this unit can be interviewed by the Unit Coordinator for consideration by the Counselling Academic Chair
Previously 2013: PSY674
2013: 'Counselling: Trauma Counselling'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Master of Counselling (MCounsel)
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Ben Mullings
Lecturer in Counselling

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2076
e: ben.mullings@murdoch.edu.au
o: 460.2.049 - Economics, Commerce and Law, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Ben Mullings
Lecturer in Counselling

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2076
e: ben.mullings@murdoch.edu.au
o: 460.2.049 - Economics, Commerce and Law, Murdoch Campus
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