BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

IHMS-320 - Trauma Informed Social Work Theory And Practice (equates to SOCW 320) - 3.00 Credits

IHMS-320 - Trauma Informed Social Work Theory And Practice (equates to SOCW 320) - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
This course is designed to introduce students to the knowledge of trauma informed theory and practice in social work. Students will explore Indigenous and non-Indigenous theories of trauma and attachment research. Trauma will be examined from a holistic, developmental and relational approach. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the implications of trauma among diverse populations (race, culture, class, gender, ability). Through assigned readings, lecture, class discussion, video and other exercises, students will explore a variety of approaches.
Part of the:
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • Indigenous Human Services Diploma - Diploma Completion Plan
  • Prerequisites : Admission to the Indigenous Human Services Diploma program or permission of instructor
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Master's Degree
    Office Hours: 1.5 hours 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: 

    • interpret key concepts from trauma and attachment research and describe their applicability to social work;

    • analyze and practice skills specific to communicating with people who have experienced trauma and/or attachment disruption; 

    • compare key theories and practice that integrate trauma and attachment research within a strength-based social work practice; 

    • evaluate how early childhood trauma and neglect disrupts identity formation and attachment of individuals; 

    • outline how intergenerational trauma creates barriers and risks in Aboriginal communities; and 

    • assess and explain the various approaches of resilience and strengths in overcoming the history of trauma in Aboriginal communities. 

    Text and Materials: Poole, N., & Greaves, L. (Eds.) (2012). Becoming Trauma Informed. Toronto, ON: Centre for Addictions and Mental Health.
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    Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
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