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PSY679 Psychology of Trauma

Lead Faculty: Dr Valerie L. Alexander

Course Description

This course is an examination of trauma with a focus on the sources of trauma and the distinctions between them. Relational violence is studied as a specific example of trauma. An emphasis is placed on empirically-based assessment and intervention of the different trauma-related disorders. Crisis counseling and multi-disciplinary treatment is also covered.

Learning Outcomes

  • Differentiate between the various sources of trauma and the implications for treatment.
  • Assess various responses to trauma, using relational violence as an example, from the resilience, recovery, and medical models.
  • Compare and contrast the different forms of relational violence and the implications for treatment.
  • Formulate a differential diagnosis based on the symptoms and diagnostic criteria for Acute Stress Disorder and Post-Traumatic Disorder.
  • Develop a treatment plan for trauma resulting from different forms of relational violence.
  • Assess the potential outcomes of the major forms of trauma-related disorders.
  • Integrate the process of recovery with community based resources for support, for example Victims of Violent Crimes and various other support groups.
  • Assess the need for referral for medical evaluation.
  • Discuss the application of crisis intervention techniques with clients.
  • Formulate an inter-disciplinary treatment approach to clients in crisis or who have experienced a traumatic event.
  • Discuss the role and needs of first-responders in the treatment of trauma.