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Note: This subject has been replaced by SSC318 from Semester 1, 2024 onwards.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


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

  • The social and political discourse of power and powerlessness, and violence and abuse
  • Discussing a context of a victimizing culture and the prevention of abuse
  • Causes and impacts of abuse e.g. child abuse, date violence, elder abuse; physical and emotional abuse, including domestic violence and sexual assault
  • Exploring a Christian framework that views the whole person as someone affected by abuse and trauma rather than as a ‘problem”
  • Explain a Christian framework that identifies and works holistically with the survivor, recognising the purpose defence strategies play in the client’s survival
  • Recognising defence strategies as symptoms of trauma rather than viewing the symptoms as the problem

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%)
  • Article Critique (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.