MHB799 - Trauma Methods and Practice in Community Mental Health

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Last revision date Mar 18, 2019 12:30:03 AM
Last review date Mar 18, 2019 12:30:03 AM

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. Summarize the micro, mezzo and macro levels of trauma and recovery
  2. Identify how adverse childhood experiences impact lifespan development
  3. Analyze trauma and mental health interventions
  4. Design a mental health intervention for practical application
  5. Discuss 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.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

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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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
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