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: DP9005Y
Unit status: Approved (Major revision)
Unit level: Postgraduate Elective
Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies
Proposing College: Yarra Theological UnionShow when this unit is running
articulate and illustrate a broad understanding of the complex experience of trauma
critically analyse and compare the key elements of a range of traumatic experiences
articulate, analyse and critically reflect on specific psychological aspects of trauma experience
articulate, analyse and critically reflect on specific theological aspects of traumatic experience
demonstrate an understanding of various intervention strategies in the treatment of trauma and illustrate this through evaluating examples of pastorally integrated practice
critically review current research on the psychological, theological and spiritual impacts of trauma and outline appropriate pastoral responses
DP8001Y: 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
Essay: An exploration of two key areas of trauma, comparing and contrasting the theory, experience and intervention. An advanced conceptual understanding is required.
Essay: Review and critique a specific traumatic experience, based on psychological and theological perspectives, and pastoral implications. An advanced conceptual and pastoral understanding should be demonstrated.
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 6 Sep, 2021
Unit record last updated: 2021-09-06 12:46:34 +1000