Course Title: Loss, Trauma and Grief

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Loss, Trauma and Grief

Credit Points: 12

Important Information:

This course does not result in a qualification for you to practice as a Counsellor or Therapist. Instead, it offers an overview of approaches to working with those who have experienced Loss, Trauma and Grief, and provides some introductory and fundamental skills which might be used when working in your field. This course involves theoretical and applied learning elements about topics that may be upsetting or cause discomfort to individuals. It is an academic and professional study, rather than a therapeutic course. It is aimed at those students who will work in caring, human services, counselling, Youth Work, Social Work and Psychology professions. It is expected that students who enrol in this course will be able to attend and actively participate in all scheduled sessions.


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

HWSS1146

City Campus

Undergraduate

330H Social Science & Planning

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006

HWSS1146

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017

HWSS2162

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014

Flexible Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

HWSS1146

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

UGRDFlex18 (ISV)

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Debra Bateman

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 8267

Course Coordinator Email: debra.bateman@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: Melbourne City Campus

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

This course provides a theoretical and practical overview of knowledge, skills and applications when working with those who have experienced loss, trauma and grief. There are four main ideas that organise studies in this course. The first is a consideration of life course theory and the impact of transition and change across the human life span. The second is an inquiry into attachment theories and the impacts of changed relationships and attachments, and subsequent representations of loss, trauma and grief. The third focuses on trauma informed approaches to working with others who have been affected by loss, trauma and grief and what it means to work collaboratively with other services, resources and agencies. The fourth idea is that of compassion satisfaction and the self-care requirements of a professional working in caring industries and professions in managing secondary and vicarious traumas and griefs.


In this course, students will engage with experts in these fields, and through literature, guest presenters and applied assessments tasks demonstrate their theoretical understandings and applications of the methodologies developed in this course curriculum. Students will explore the diversity of people’s experiences of loss, trauma and grief and the differing meanings given to these experiences; examine key theories for understanding loss, trauma and the grieving process; and explore individual, social and political responses to significant loss, trauma and grief, identifying particular problems and ways of constructively responding to these. It is an expectation that students in this course will attend all sessions and actively participate in simulations and practical workshop activities.

 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

 Through their studies in this course, students will demonstrate a strong understanding and application of knowledge and skills associated with:

  • Acknowledgement and approaches to Loss and Grief
  • Trauma informed approaches
  • Secondary and Vicarious Trauma
  • Professional Self Care and Compassion Satisfaction
  • Collaboratively working with others, making referrals, community resources, agencies and modalities of care


Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the impact of political, social, cultural and psychological factors on perceptions and experiences of loss and trauma and the ways people grieve in local and global contexts
  • Explain key theories and concepts for understanding loss, trauma and the grieving process
  • Formulate constructive ways of responding to the needs of grieving individuals, families and communities, at personal and public health levels
  • Critically evaluate your own ideas, values and learning about the diversity of personal and public responses to loss, trauma and grief as shaped by a range of factors and contexts.


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities such as seminars, interactive workshops, class and small group discussions, individual and small group activities and reflection, and independent reading and research. As exploring situations associated with the subject of loss, trauma and grief may at times be uncomfortable or challenging your regular attendance is extremely important to build an atmosphere that allows for the development of confidence in reflecting on and discussing the various topics. This course is an academic and professional education course, rather than a therapeutic study or experience.


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through Canvas. A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by the course staff, including books, articles and web resources, and copies of presentations will normally be available online. You will also be supported to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.


Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities. Assessment tasks are mapped to the learning outcomes. Assessment tasks may include reflections on class material and readings, and an essay, and will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. There will be scope for you to be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest.

 

Assessment 1: Literature Review/Annotated Bibliography (40%) (1800 words) CLO 1, 2

Assessment 2: Simulation – A trauma informed approach (30%) (5 minutes + 250 Words) CLO 1, 3

Assessment 3: Professional self-care plan (30%) (Equivalent 1500 words) CLO 2, 3, 4

 

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: http://www.rmit.edu.au/policies/academic#assessment