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

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
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 Mental Health in Children and Young People: Psychological Approaches (Online Learning). 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 using the concept of wicked problems to question how theories and evidence for trauma and resilience frameworks help assessment and intervention for children and young people in real-life settings. 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 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  82
Course Start Semester 2
Course Start Date 13/01/2020
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 4, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 182 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) Online delivery. Wiki-based tasks, discussion forums, online tutorials and independent study.
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Short mid-course coursework-based assessment (25%)
3000 word essay (75%)
Feedback Formative feedback will be given in tutorials and online.

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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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
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Course organiserDr Emily Taylor
Tel: (0131 6)50 3892
Course secretaryMrs Lorna Sheal
Tel: (0131 6)51 3970
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