Towards a Psychological Trauma Informed Future

The development of this unit is the first of its kind in Scotland and reflects the growing recognition of the need for training, skills development and heightening awareness in the field of psychological trauma.

The development of recent guidelines and recommendations from such influential bodies as  NICE, World Health Organization, NHS Education for Scotland and the Scottish Government in addressing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and/or trauma related clinical presentations provides context to the unit in political, health terms, nationally and globally.  

This enables this module to:

  • be at the cutting edge of developments in the  field,
  • inform the future agenda around this area, and
  • be core partners contributing to the paradigm shift toward Trauma-Informed Care.

The concept of exposure to a traumatic event(s) is now recognised as a contributing factor to the development of a variety of mental health conditions. It is not confined to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Addressing the treatment and support needs of survivors of trauma within our services requires a systemic approach.  This is characterised both by:

  • Trauma-specific diagnostic and treatment services;
  • A 'trauma-informed' environment capable of sustaining these services and supporting our service users.

Becoming trauma-informed is a process that involves striving towards a new way of understanding people and providing services and support. This process involves a gradual integration of trauma concepts and trauma-sensitive responses into daily practice.

To engage with the the module you will be required to have access to an appropriate clinical population.

The module can be completed as a single credit based module. Alternatively, it may be used as credit towards the MSc in Advanced Practice.

Study method: Online only, Distance learning, Part-time

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  • Module code ADPP025
  • Start date 11 September 2017
  • Duration 15 weeks
  • Days on campus 0
  • Credit value SCQF 11 20
  • Fees £512
  • Overseas Fees £1,516
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Funding

Information on module cost can be obtained here.   

A flexible payment scheme is operated by the University for students who are self-funding.

Objectives

The broad aims of the module are to:

  • Develop your skills, knowledge and advance clinical practise in this area;
  • Enable you to develop, extend and deepen your knowledge and understanding of theory, paradigms and practice in the area of psychological trauma;
  • Develop clinical expertise in the ability to recognise and/or assess for trauma symptoms across a spectrum of presentations and disorders;
  • Develop a fundamental understanding of the role trauma plays and the impact it has on psychological health and wellbeing throughout the lifespan;
  • Develop practitioners who are Trauma Informed and who can help shape, develop and uphold the principles of a robust Trauma Informed Service within which there are trauma-focused services.

Structure and Content

Participation in this module enables you to gain knowledge in a range of activities associated with advancing your professional practice:

  • exploring professional roles;
  • service development;
  • models of care; 
  • interpreting and influencing the political agenda, and 
  • the opportunity for inter-professional learning /working.

The expectation is that you will:

  • Draw on experience from your own working environment, 
  • Apply the principles and teachings of this module to reflect on existing practise,
  • Develop a Trauma-Informed approach to case conceptualisation and existing practise. 

Specific context will include:

  • Introduction to Trauma Concepts;
  • Assessment and formulation;
  • Interventions and Safety Factors.

Delivery and Assessment

This module is distance learning based using online learning which includes Blackboard Collaborate, podcasts, self-directed activities and reading material. 

Assessment will comprise of a 4,000 word assessment.

Module Co-ordinator(s)

Jennifer Young

Margaret Conlon

Career opportunities

Completion of the Advanced Practice course provides opportunity to develop transferable skills. This will optimise the ability of each student to impact on the experience of individuals, families and service providers within a range of clinical, social and pastoral settings within the UK and internationally.

All modules are related to NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF), enabling you to clearly identify the core and specific dimensions within the KSF which can be achieved when you successfully complete your module/programme.

Employability

Participation in this module will enable you to gain knowledge in a range of activities associated with advancing your professional practice:

  • exploring professional roles;
  • service development;
  • models of care;
  • interpreting and influencing the political agenda; and
  • the opportunity for inter-professional learning/working.

All modules can be linked to specific professional capability/competency frameworks within your practice area. You are encouraged to view your participation within the Masters of Advanced Practice programme as a means of supporting your professional development plans (PDP) and career progression.

This module may be completed as a single credit-based module. Alternatively you can use it as credit towards the MSc in Advanced Practice.

Modules will be offered subject to demand and need to meet a minimum class size of eight students.

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