Course Title: Work effectively in trauma informed care

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: HWSS6091C

Course Title: Work effectively in trauma informed care

School: 365T Global, Urban and Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5346 - Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs

Course Contact: Chris Walters

Course Contact Phone: 9925 8268

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Iren Citler

Nominal Hours: 40

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

Relevant industry experience or completion of relevant qualification.

Course Description

 This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to practice and contribute to the continuous improvement of trauma informed care within a service.

This unit applies to individuals working in the community services and health sectors where services are informed by the knowledge and understanding of central trauma, particularly the impact of interpersonal violence.

This unit is delivered and assessed as a cluster with :
CHCCSM004 - Co-ordinate complex care requirements

CHCDFV006 - Counsel clients affected by domestic and family violence

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCMHS007 Work effectively in trauma informed care


1. Work from a trauma informed care perspective

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Apply the key principles and practices of trauma informed care

1.2 Promote safe environments and relationships with those affected by trauma, including preventing traumatisation and re-traumatisationin the context of service use

1.3 Respond to disclosures of past and current trauma or abuse using principles of trauma informed care

1.4 Respond to behaviours and distress related to trauma using principles of trauma informed care

1.5 Assist individuals affected by trauma to identify personal resources and strengths

1.6 Recognise the coping strategies and adaptations of individuals who have experienced trauma

1.7 Identify resources and strengths within individuals who have experienced trauma


2. Utilise self-care strategies

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Apply self-care strategies in managing re-traumatisation

2.2 Apply self-care strategies in managing vicarious trauma 


3. Contribute to the continuous improvement of trauma informed care in services

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Reflect upon own practice and work environment and identify opportunities to embed trauma informed care and practice in service delivery

3.2 Identify barriers to implementing trauma informed care and practice and refer to appropriate/senior personnel

3.3 Participate in organisation policy development on trauma informed care according to job role

3.4 Identify and participate in strategies to enhance service delivery of trauma informed care

3.5 Invite and respond to consumer feedback on trauma informed practices and service delivery

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

In class: lectures, discussions and group activities

Teaching Schedule



Cluster 6 - Complex Care:

The following units are delivered in a cluster:





Assessment Details

Week 1

Trauma Informed Care

Introduction to Case ‘Daniel’

Intro to trauma informed care

Trauma informed care

Exploring Trauma and suicidal ideation with client 2 ‘Daniel’.

Case Study 2 ‘Daniel’ made available


Trauma Informed Care

Trauma informed care

Exploring Trauma and suicidal ideation with client 2 ‘Daniel’

Case study 2 ‘Daniel’ due

Denise scenario introduced

Week 3

Trauma Informed Care

Trauma informed care

Exploring Trauma and suicidal ideation with client 2 ‘Daniel’.


Role Play in class responding to

Denise scenario


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment Task 1: Trauma based 'Assess and respond' plan

Assessment Task 2: Role Play


Assessment Tasks


Assessment Task 1:Trauma based 'Assess and respond' plan
This task requires you to complete an 'assess and respond' plan in class based on a complex case study client. This case will be provided and requires you to draw upon your knowledge and skills to document risk assessment processes. Due Week 2

Assessment Task 2: Role Play
This task requires you to demonstrate how to respond to various trauma based scenarios: Conducted in class Week 3

Assessment Matrix

Students will be given an assessment marking guide for reference at the time that the assessment tasks are distributed.

Other Information


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Applying for an Extension

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Examples of plagiarism include:

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  • Copying a whole or any part of another student's work; and
  • Submitting work as your own that someone else has done for you.
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Plagiarism Software

The originality verification software Turnitin may be used in this course. For details, see:

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-               discuss placement options with the student; and/or

-               provide program and career counselling.


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Possible reasons for such decisions may include, but are not limited to-

  • failure to follow processes required for safety
  • breach of client or patient confidentiality
  • failure to comply with the instructions of supervisors
  • or other unprofessional behaviour

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