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Postgraduate Course: Trauma and Resilience in a Developmental Context (CLPS11045)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis is a fully on-line interactive course providing a critical introduction to trauma and resilience theories and evidence, and their implications for policy and practice.
Course description This is an option course on the MSc in Children and Young People's Mental Health and Psychological Practice. The course will introduce students to concepts of trauma and resilience in a developmental context. Past and current conceptualisation will be considered within applied settings to question how these conceptualisations help assessment and intervention for children and young people. The course has a preventative health care/health promotion focus.


To critically examine existing definitions and models of trauma in children and young people
To critically appraise models of trauma in terms of developmental impact and consequences, and relevance to and utility in applied settings
To critically examine existing definitions of resilience and coping in children and young people
To consider how interventions might be shaped to enhance resilience and coping to prevent secondary risk accruing from future trauma
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  82
Course Start Semester 2
Course Start Date 14/01/2019
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) Online delivery. Wiki-based tasks, discussion forums, weekly online tutorials and independent study.
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1000 word essay proposal (25%)
3000 word case conceptualisation (75%)
Feedback Formative feedback will be given on wiki input and discussion boards.

Summative feedback will be given via Learn on the proposal and case conceptualisation as detailed above.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Identify and appraise the key elements of alternative theories of trauma and resilience in relation to children and adolescents' developmental trajectory
  2. Articulate their understanding of trauma and resilience, using their own professional experience as a frame of reference, as it relates to established theories of trauma and resilience
  3. Critically examine the theoretical bases for trauma and resilience services and their translation into practice with children and adolescents
  4. Construct an approach to practice that integrates developmentally-informed theories of trauma and resilience within the professional and organisational context
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills * Research and enquiry skills, including evaluation and critical analysis
* Personal and intellectual autonomy skills, including accountability and working with others
* Technical and practical skills
* Communication, numeracy and IT skills
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Emily Taylor
Tel: (0131 6)50 3892
Course secretaryMrs Lorna Sheal
Tel: (0131 6)51 3970
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