MHB799 - Trauma Methods and Practice in Community Mental Health

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Subject Title
Trauma Methods and Practice in Community Mental Health

Subject Description
This course provides students with the knowledge needed to develop effective interventions with clients who have experienced trauma.  In this course, students examine the concepts of trauma in personal, practical and theoretical contexts. They investigate the difference between stress and trauma and are able to explain conditions leading to possible trauma.  In addition, students will acquire a basic understanding of how trauma might affect brain development and how that may impact on child and adolescent development.  Throughout the course, the students will be learning and practicing strategies and activities in trauma informed practice from an anti-oppressive approach.  Students will also critically reflect on managing secondary trauma, and coping with the demands of a profession that regularly deals with traumatized victims.

Credit Status
One Credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Identify the impact of diversity on the assessment and treatment of trauma in order to work with clients from an anti-oppressive approach
  2. Differentiate between how individuals and communities experience violence to offer appropriate care to traumatized individuals and/or communities
  3. Describe the micro, mezzo, and macro levels of formal and informal healing/recovery modalities for care of clients impacted by trauma
  4. Identify the developmental consequence of childhood trauma across the lifespan to inform case histories 
  5. Analyze approaches to trauma work and mental health interventions to inform practice
  6. Design a mental health intervention for practical application
  7. Identify early warning signs of secondary /vicarious trauma for practitioner self-care

Essential Employability Skills

    •  Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

    •  Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

    •  Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

    •  Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

    •  Show respect for diverse opinions, values, belief systems, and contributions of others.

    •  Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

    •  Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

    •  Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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