2020 Postgraduate Courses
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Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Trauma and Recovery Practice | 2020

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Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Trauma and Recovery Practice



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 6 months full time

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 Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health

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Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Trauma and Recovery Practice will respond to issues that have particular relevance in Indigenous communities in Australia. It will provide specific skills so that graduates can work from a trauma informed approach. It is a multi-disciplinary program where students will apply critical thinking, collaborative practices and judgement when working individually and within communities across service provision with children, families and communities who may have experienced trauma. Most importantly the course will focus on applying Indigenous social, and emotional wellbeing principles, practices and healing frameworks. Utilising Aboriginal and western concepts of trauma, this course focuses on the contributing factors to experiences of trauma, considering historical, cumulative impact of trauma and current day experiences. This course focuses on the impacts of racism and other factors that can have major health implications on Indigenous Australians, including the pathophysiology and clinical aspects of the body response to trauma. Additionally, this course will assist students with the skills to respond to trauma in individuals and communities, while also being able to provide services that are trauma informed.

Entry Requirements

Academic requirements and English requirements are available from: 


Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to:

CLO Description
1 Describe the principles of trauma-informed approaches and care and apply this knowledge to trauma and recovery in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contexts.
2 Explain the role of social and cultural determinants of Indigenous health and their relevance to a trauma informed approach.
3 Utilise existing knowledge about the impact of trauma experienced across the life span on neurobiological development to critically evaluate the impacts of trauma on Indigenous individuals, families and communities.
4 Critically evaluate your own practice through a process of reflexivity in order to develop a personal framework that ensures a balanced and collaborative approach to trauma recovery and supports the individual, family and community in developing self-advocacy skills.
5 Develop a strengths-based practice framework that promotes a positive and supportive approach to trauma recovery in collaboration with the individual, family and community.
6 Critically appraise the role of Indigenous cultural healing modalities in trauma recovery and embed these in the design, development and application of approaches to trauma recovery in collaboration with the individual, family and community.
7 Formulate research questions associated with the application of approaches to trauma recovery, select measurement tools to evaluate impact and produce findings relevant to Indigenous individuals, families, communities and service providers.

Course Structure

To qualify for the award of the degree, the Graduate Certificate in Indigenous Trauma and Recovery Practice, a candidate must successfully complete 24 credit point in accordance with  the table below

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
MEDI839 Indigenous Trauma Care and Recovery Practice 18 ITRP June
Elective: Choose ONE of the following subjects or other subjects as approved by the Course Co-ordinator
MEDI946 The Social and Emotional Wellbeing of Aboriginal Australians 6 Spring
SMAH918 Emotional intelligence for Leaders 6 Spring
SNPG950 Reflection for Practice 6 Spring
HAS 820 Academic Skills for Postgraduate Social Science Students 6 Spring

Credit Arrangements

Students may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning for the 6 credit point elective. Please refer to UOW's credit arrangements for information on how to apply for credit.

Other Information

For further information please email: smah-students@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 4 November, 2019