Advanced Trauma Perspective

Subject SCWK90027 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

July, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours (4 x 6 hours)
Total Time Commitment:

24 contact hours
16 hours of class preparation and reading
24 hours of assessment related tasks
=64 hours total time commitment

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the University’s courses. Students who feel their disability will impact on meeting this requirement are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Course Coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Assoc Prof Louise Harms


Social Work
Melbourne School of Health Sciences
The University of Melbourne
Level 5, 234 Queensberry St
Carlton Victoria 3010 AUSTRALIA
T: +61 3 8344 9400
F: +61 3 9347 4375

Subject Overview: This subject examines current themes within contemporary trauma theory and practice. It explores their application to working with individuals, couples and families, as well as within organizations. Some of the recent developents in theories of attachment, grief and trauma will be a particular focus throughout the semester.
Objectives: Students who complete this subject will:
  • Demonstrate understanding of contemporary practice models and skills for working with individuals, couples and families from infancy to adulthood
  • Demonstrate knowledge of concepts and skills for advanced practice; for example, recent developments in psychodynamic theories relating to attachment, trauma and loss.
Assessment: A written assignment totalling 5000 words (100%) - due at the end of semester.
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts: Selected readings will be available for purchase at cost.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • develop the capacity to recognise and work with complex events, ideas, and phenomena;
  • articulate their knowledge and understanding in oral and written presentations.
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Master of Advanced Social Work

Download PDF version.