Understanding Trauma

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: SSC010
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Sharon Clark

Awards offering Understanding Trauma

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


  1. Explain current evidence-based, ethical responses and interventions for trauma;
  2. Select and apply the appropriate support practices of a Chaplain for people affected by trauma, such as domestic and family violence;
  3. Identify client needs and respond with appropriate care or referral;
  4. Integrate understandings of trauma into a self-care plan for Chaplaincy professionals;
  5. Explain how to apply a Christian framework that identifies and works holistically with the survivor, recognising the role defence strategies play in the client’s survival.

Subject Content

  • Developmental trauma and how it affects human behaviour
  • Complex trauma
  • Social factors relating to trauma, violence and abuse
  • Trauma populations, e.g., domestic and family violence; refugees, disasters
  • Abuse and trauma prevention and early intervention
  • Trauma Informed Care and Psychological First Aid
  • Christian frameworks for chaplaincy responses and interventions to trauma
  • Boundaries, self-care, and emotion regulation

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to face (onsite)
  • eLearning (online)
  • Intensive

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis University College.

Assessment Methods

  • Group Presentation (30%)
  • Case Study (40%)
  • Article Critique (30%)