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PSYC71-502: Trauma Informed Approaches to Client Care


This subject provides advanced intervention training in the assessment, diagnosis, classification and treatment of trauma disorders. Trauma-informed care shifts the focus from “What’s wrong with you?” to “What happened to you?”.  This subject teaches the Six Key Principles of a Trauma-Informed Approach guided by research, and shows how adopting trauma-informed practices can potentially improve client engagement, treatment adherence, and health outcomes, as well as provider and staff wellness. It also addresses tailored rather than one-size-fits-all approaches, and service delivery in communities at large to achieve system-wide change. You will critically examine the clinical, behavioural, and psychometric assessment of these problems, and receive formal academic training in empirically validated psychological interventions for trauma. On successful completion of this subject, you will have learnt how to reliably screen, diagnose and develop trauma-informed case formulations that guide evidence-based treatments.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Society & Design
Study areas
  • Social Sciences, Psychology and Counselling

Learning outcomes

1. Apply evidence-based and scientific methods to advanced clinical areas in empirically valid and culturally responsive ways. 2. Employ professional communication skills, in a culturally responsive manner. 3. Interpret standardised psychological testing, as part of broader assessment, to assess and interpret aspects of functioning 4. Identify psychological disorders in these areas using a recognised taxonomy. 5. Conduct professional assessments and synthesise information from multiple sources, including assessment and management of risk. 6. Apply knowledge of approaches to monitor outcomes and modifications based on evolving case formulation. 7. Interpret and communicate findings in written formats, using culturally appropriate language. 8. Demonstrate knowledge of empirically supported interventions, and monitor clients’ progress and intervention outcomes. 9. Demonstrate respect for the skills and contribution of other professionals. 10. Capacity to work effectively with a range of professional and support staff in the workplace and communicate and collaborate effectively, within the bounds of ethical and legal requirements. 11. Operate within the boundaries of their professional competence. 12. Rigorously apply professional practice policies and procedures. 13. Critically evaluate contemporary scientific literature to inform practice. 14. Demonstrate an understanding and application of cultural responsiveness, including with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. 15. Apply knowledge of current theories, systems, regulatory and statutory authorities. 16. Demonstrate advanced psychological knowledge for clinical psychology formulation and diagnosis. 17. Demonstrate advanced psychological knowledge of culturally responsive assessment in the area of clinical psychology. 18. Demonstrate advanced psychological knowledge for culturally responsive interventions in the area of clinical psychology.

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  • Study Abroad Students

This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

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