Working with Trauma

Note: This subject has been replaced by SSC318 from Semester 1, 2024 onwards.


This subject allows the class to examine the complex issues of trauma and abuse in contemporary society. It aims to raise your awareness and knowledge of the nature and forms of trauma and/or abuse in relationships, the consequences of these on individuals, families and communities, as well as to develop appropriate skills and attitudes to counsel or refer counsellors from these backgrounds.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: SSC218
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Sharon Garro


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Working with Trauma

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

Unit Content


  1. Develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to provide appropriate and ethical therapeutic responses to those who have survived abuse and/or trauma;
  2. Discriminate between causative factors in ‘abusive’ relationships and extrapolate how these relations impact on individuals, families and communities;
  3. Critique a range of community resources that support trauma and abuse survivors;
  4. Integrate understanding of vicarious trauma into a self-care plan.

Subject Content

  • What is trauma?
  • Developmental trauma and how it affects human behaviour
  • Complex trauma and the assessment process
  • Crisis intervention and working with PTSD
  • Intervention and Treatment
  • Boundaries and self-care
  • Report writing and the importance of referrals to therapy
  • How the victim of trauma tells their story
  • Assessment presentations
  • The physical Effects of trauma
  • Trauma, relationships and the family
  • Is therapeutic pharmacology necessary to treat trauma?

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Onsite (face-to-face)
  • Online (eLearning)
  • Intensives
  • Extensives

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

Assessment Methods

  • Interview, Note Taking, Treatment Plan & Handout (40%)
  • Case Study (30%)
  • Essay (30%)

Prescribed Text

  • Briere, J.N., & Scott, C. (2015). Principles of trauma (2nd ed. Rev.). London: Sage Publications.

Please consult your instructor prior to purchasing any textbooks.