FUN504 Fundamentals of Childhood Trauma

This unit is a core unit that targets professionals from a range of disciplines. The aim of this unit is to inform students about childhood trauma, how it presents and how it impacts the developing child. Students with learn about community resources that can assist with childhood trauma whether it is for the child, child's family or broader social system ie teachers. The makeup of resilience, empathy, emotional disturbances, psychopathology and parenting will be a theme in the content of this unit. Additionally this unit will explore the development of the brain and it's vulnerability to threat, neglect and trauma, including children's stress response systems and implications on a behaviors, thoughts and reactions. Cultural considerations in context to trauma and play are a major topic of this unit.


This unit targets professionals from a range of disciplines. The aim is to teach skills that can be incorporated into their already known skillset. This unit will be offered in Semester 2 in external mode with a series of three compulsory intensive blocks and it will be offered in Summer Semester in internal mode with week by week delivery.

Unit Information

Semester 2 & Summer Semester, 2017

PRESCRIBED TEXT - The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog: And Other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist's Notebook--What Traumatized Children Can Teach Us About Loss, Love, and Healing

PRESCRIBED TEXT - The Therapeutic Powers of Play: 20 Core Agents of Change, 2nd Edition

PRESCRIBED TEXT Working With Children to Heal Interpersonal Trauma

RECOMMENDED TEXT - An Interactive Approach to Writing Essays and Research reports in Psychology