CR6808: Trauma and Frontline Workers

Credit Weighting: 10
No. of Students: Min 5, Max 80.
Pre-requisite(s): None
Co-requisite(s): None
Teaching Period(s): Semesters 1 and 2.
Teaching Methods: 18hr(s) Workshops; 12hr(s) Tutorials (synchronous tutorials); 175hr(s) Other (self-directed learning (tiered learning content))
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Orla Lynch, Department of Sociology.
Lecturer(s): Dr Orla Lynch, Department of Sociology, WAVE practitioners.
Module Objective: The purpose of this module is to explore, through a range of contemporary literature, a trauma informed approach to examining, preventing and mitigating professional exposure to trauma specific to key and frontline workers.
Module Content: - Introduction and overview of the module, definition of key concepts as applied to key and frontline workers.
- The Neurobiology of Trauma.
- Neurobiological approaches to trauma including Hypothalmic-Pituitary Adrenal Axis and HPA axis and Polyvagal theory.
- PTSD Development, Symptomology and Treatment pertaining to frontline workers.
- Models of Psychological First Aid and Self Care.
- Vicarious Trauma and Secondary Stress.
- Vicarious Transformation and Post traumatic Growth.
- Moral Injury and Distress, and Growth and Repair.
- Grief and Loss in the workplace.
- Building Resilience.
- Reflective Practice.
- Trauma Informed Practice.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Understand the neurobiological underpinnings of trauma and trauma symptomology.
  • Identify, differentiate and critically evaluate the various direct and indirect models of trauma that apply directly to frontline workers.
  • Analyse key examples of positive psychosocial approaches to trauma and understand their relevance to frontline practice.
  • Critically examine models of reflective practice.
  • Become familiar with strategies essential for the provision of Trauma informed care.
Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (1 x 2,000 word Case Study, 100 marks; 1 x 2,000 word Essay, 100 marks).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% 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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