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Creative Arts Therapies and Trauma (CSL574)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 3
Availability MANDURAH: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables MANDURAH (FROM 2017 ON) S2
Description Learn about the field of circumscribed and complex trauma to develop trauma-informed approach to their clinical practice of creative arts psychotherapy. Incorporate theories, case work examples, neuro-biological models of practice and brain research to underpin understanding of the impacts of trauma on clients, their families and communities. Illuminates links between trauma and other traditional domains of therapeutic work such as grief, personality development, attachment relationships, gender identity, and critically examines the social and cultural contexts of trauma sensitive practice.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Conceptually understand varied trauma presentations in children and adults inclusive of vicarious and secondary trauma presentations for professionals and care givers.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of research and theoretical frameworks relevant to working with trauma from a psychotherapeutic perspective.
3. Describe the developmental, relational, cognitive, emotional and motivational impacts of trauma across the life-course and within organisational and social systems.
4. Critically appraise different approaches to understanding traumatisation, treatment and recovery from individual, community, organisational and social perspectives.
5. Utilise advanced knowledge of theoretical perspectives and models of resilience and traumatic growth in their application in clinical case work with traumatised people using Creative Arts Psychotherapy approaches
6. Apply a repertoire of creative arts therapy interventions based on a solid understanding of evidence based research relating to creative arts psychotherapies and their specific application to this client group.
7. Meaningfully integrate all the above knowledge into a relational stance towards working with trauma survivors and within traumatised systems
8. Demonstrate clarity on how traumatic material impacts on the development of therapeutic and other relationships
9. Revise a personal self-care plan and continue practising self-care interventions to process traumatic
materials within professional relationships with clients, colleagues and organisations.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lecture/Workshop: 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 teachin nd group-based activities which foster integrated learning.
Prerequisites Enrolment in Master of Creative Arts Therapies or GDCAT. Other students wanting to study this unit can be interviewed by the consideration by the Creative Arts Therapies Academic Chair.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Graduate Diploma in Creative Arts Therapies (GradDipArtTherapy)
Master of Creative Arts Therapies (MCAT) (MCAT)
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.


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