BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

IHWA-339 - Cultural Perspective on Stress & Trauma - 3.00 Credits

IHWA-339 - Cultural Perspective on Stress & Trauma - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
This course incorporates a more expanded definition of trauma that is based upon an understanding of how trauma affects groups, communities and societies. From this theoretical perspective, students will recognize that the phenomenon of collective trauma may be a normal response to abnormal situations and, therefore, is not just a form of pathology. Instead of examining trauma and appropriate intervention strategies within a Western theoretical and philosophical paradigm, this course will conduct an in-depth review of stress and trauma within the social and cultural contexts in which they have occurred, including the impact of historical racism on Aboriginal identity which has resulted in cultural loss.
Part of the:
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • Indigenous Holistic Wellness and Addictions Advanced Diploma - IHWA Courses
  • Course offered:
  • Fall 2024 (September - December)
  • Prerequisites : Advanced diploma program admission or permission of instructor
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Master's Degree
    Office Hours: 1.5 per week
    Contact Hours: 45
    Student Evaluation
    Assignments 50-70%, Final 30-50%, Total 100%. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes:

    Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to: 

    • define culture, racism, stress, trauma, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD);

    • describe how cultural references and identity shape how we identify traumatic events;

    • express one’s cultural identity and begin to acknowledge one’s beliefs, values and judgments;

    • articulate how culture influences how an individual or group interprets the meaning of a traumatic event and how traumatic reactions are expressed;

    • explain how culture may affect the immediate responses of the traumatized;

    • illustrate healthy cultural pathways to new lives after trauma;

    • illustrate systemic learning by adopting a “worker-as learner” into a “worker-as-health-provider” role; and,

    • educate others about their own cultural perspective on stress and trauma.

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    Other Resources:
    Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
    Other Information:
    Current Course Offerings:
    DaysTimeStart DateEnd Date
    M,T,W,TH,F8:00AM - 5:00AM08 Sep 202428 Dec 2024