This unit explores the impacts and experiences of trauma in human experience, including via industrial and workplace disasters, natural disasters, tragic accidents, domestic violence, child abuse, assaults and murder. It will begin by helping students to develop a broad understanding of the trauma and its psychobiological impacts on individual development and relationships. It will then focus on trauma in these contexts, including an exploration of complex trauma which emerges as a consequence of international conflict/war and terrorism. The unit also explores theological and spiritual perspectives on trauma, as well as psychological, pastoral and spiritual support strategies for victims of trauma. It also introduces concepts of post-traumatic growth in relation to pastoral care.
Unit code: DP3005Y
Unit status: Approved (Major revision)
Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3
Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies
Delivery Mode: Blended
Proposing College: Yarra Theological UnionShow when this unit is running
articulate and illustrate a broad understanding of the impacts of traumatic experience
critically analyse and distinguish the key elements of a range of traumatic experiences
articulate, analyse and critically reflect on specific psychological aspects of trauma experience
articulate, analyse and reflect on specific theological aspects of traumatic experience
demonstrate an understanding of key intervention strategies in the treatment of trauma and illustrate this through some examples of pastorally integrated practice
DP1001Y: Foundations for Pastoral Practice. A brief confidential interview with the lecturer will be required prior to enrolment in this unit in relation to its traumatic content.
Lecture and seminars, with audiovisual resources, case studies, small group work, and guided reading.
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Critically review two key articles or book chapters. (1000 words)
Examine two key areas of trauma, comparing and contrasting the theory, experience and intervention.
Review a specific traumatic experience based on psychological and theological perspectives, and evaluate implications for pastoral interventions and support.
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 9 Sep, 2021
Unit record last updated: 2021-09-09 17:59:07 +1000