Course Title: Work effectively in trauma informed care

Part A: Course Overview

Program: C5346 Diploma of Alcohol and Other Drugs

Course Title: Work effectively in trauma informed care

Portfolio: Vocational Education

Nominal Hours: 40

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The Diploma of AOD and this unit/cluster is delivered in the Northern Territory only


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365T Global, Urban and Social Studies


Term1 2016,
Term2 2016,
Term2 2017,
Term2 2018

Course Contact: Chris Walters

Course Contact Phone: 9925 8268

Course Contact Email:

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

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

There are no stipulated pre-requisites or co-requisites for this unit.

National Competency Codes and Titles

National Element Code & Title:

CHCMHS007 Work effectively in trauma informed care


1. Work from a trauma informed care perspective

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

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

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.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment Task 1: Knowledge questions

Assessment Task 2: Product task

Assessment task 3: Practical task

Assessment task 4: Log Book