In all practice contexts, social workers use knowledge about trauma and its effects on human development, wellbeing and agency with individuals, groups and communities. In this unit students are acquainted with this knowledge and are encouraged to develop skills in trauma informed practice, including identifying the effects of trauma, and to respond with sensitivity and efficacy. To understand the use of self in, and to develop resilience for trauma informed practice, students are encouraged to reflect on their own relevant life experience and its implications for use of self in practice.

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96 credit points of first year core ABSW units.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Apply knowledge of trauma to demonstrate its potential effect on human development, wellbeing and agency;  
  2. Demonstrate trauma informed practice with individuals, families, groups and communities;  
  3. Apply a systems perspective to understanding the impact and experience of trauma for individuals, groups and communities; and  
  4. Reflect on social work use of self when responding to trauma.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Online Test (600 words) 20%
Report Professional Social Work Report (2700 words) Part A Assessment (700 words) Part B Intervention Report (2000 words) 50%
Case Study A written critical reflection about Case Consultation process and Peer Feedback (500 words) 30%

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