Social Work and Trauma Informed Care

    Unit code: ASW3097 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Footscray Park
    96 credit points of first year core ABSW units.
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    In all practice contexts, social workers use knowledge about trauma and its effects on human development, wellbeing and agency with individuals, groups and communities. This unit acquaints students with this knowledge and as such students are encouraged to develop foundations for trauma informed practice. Current inter-professional practice frameworks and guidelines will be utilised to inform students developing abilities to recognise the prevalence of trauma, identify the multidimensional effects of trauma, and be able to apply knowledge and skills to respond with sensitivity and efficacy. Implications for use of self in practice will also be explored by encouraging students to reflect on the own relevant life experiences within a professional practice context.

    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 approaches 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.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Test
    Grade: 20%
    Written Review (800 words)
    Assessment type: Other
    Grade: 50%
    Practice scenario, including team consultation (15 mins) and individual written student statement of learning responding to set questions (1000 words)
    Assessment type: Portfolio
    Grade: 30%
    Trauma-Informed Practice Portfolio (1500words)

    Required reading

    There is no one specific required test for this unit. Students will be able to access all readings and resources via VU Collaborate and the VU Library.

    As part of a course

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