PSYC20047 - Counselling for Stress and Trauma Management

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will equip you with a basic conceptual framework and skills for working with individuals who are suffering from trauma related stress. On completion of this unit, you will have the skills to counsel individuals who exhibit straightforward and short-term reactions to trauma. You will also have the skills to recognise the limits of your experience and to make an appropriate referral in the case of more complex presentations. You will NOT be qualified to provide specialist counselling for trauma, but you will be able to identify the particular demands of traumatised clients and/or colleagues, and identify appropriate referral resources and pathways.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Co-requisite - PSYC20046 Physiology and Psychology of Stress and Trauma

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2020

Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Mixed Mode

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Case Study 0%
2. Practical Assessment 0%
3. Reflective Practice Assignment 0%

This is a pass/fail (non-graded) unit. To pass the unit, you must pass all of the individual assessment tasks shown in the table above.

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Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Identify the physical, emotional, cognitive and behavioural symptoms of chronic stress, traumatic stress and posttraumatic stress disorder
  2. Apply counselling techniques to ameliorate the symptoms of short term trauma related stress
  3. Reflect on and identify the limits of your expertise regarding the treatment of chronic stress, traumatic stress and posttraumatic stress disorder
  4. Evaluate referral resources and pathways for clients and/or colleagues suffering from chronic stress, traumatic stress and posttraumatic stress disorder

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Case Study
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Reflective Practice Assignment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Case Study
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Reflective Practice Assignment