CR6803: Trauma and Addiction: Key Issues, Methods and Structures

Credit Weighting: 10
No. of Students: Min 8, Max 50.
Pre-requisite(s): None
Co-requisite(s): None
Teaching Period(s): Semesters 1 or 2 or 3. (semester details for this module will be confirmed at the start of the programme).
Teaching Methods: 150hr(s) Other (self-directed learning with online programme materials); 12hr(s) Directed Study (online moderated activities - personal online tutoring and online group discussion); 50hr(s) Other (reading and reflective practice)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Orla Lynch, Department of Sociology.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Centre for Adult Continuing Education, Staff, WAVE Trauma Centre.
Module Objective: The purpose of this module is to provide a grounding in the broad range of theoretical approaches to addiction, to recognise the role of trauma in the addiction process and to evaluate interventions through the lens of trauma-informed practice.
Module Content: 1. Introduction to history and overview of trauma and addiction.
2. Trauma, symptomology and the long-term effects of traumatisation from a biological, individual and social perspective.
3. Trauma and ways in which to overcome and ameliorate trauma symptoms.
4. Neurological risks of addiction.
5. The addicted brain: The disease of addiction.
6. Addiction and co-occurring disorders.
7. Addiction-induced trauma and trauma-induced addiction.
8. Mental illness and substance misuse: Application of disorders and addiction.
9. Severe mental illness and substance misuse: Dual Diagnosis.
10. Treatment considerations in ttrauma and addiction: trauma-informed practice.
11. Treatment processes for working with individuals, groups, families and communities.
12. Practice implications in trauma and addiction.
13. Application of key theoretical concepts and treatment approaches for case-study assessment.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Identify and demonstrate awareness of the key conceptualisations of trauma.
  • Explain how trauma manifests itself in the individual and society.
  • Classify the long-term effects of trauma on the individual, family and society.
  • Critique bio-psycho-social models of trauma and addiction.
  • Evaluate sociological theories on addiction, be familiar with the process of addiction, as well as the impact on families and communities.
  • Theorise on the role of trauma and victimisation in the addiction process.
  • Critique addiction interventions in terms of trauma-informed practice.
Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (4 x 1,000 word reflective assignments, 50 marks each).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated.

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