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Trauma, Neuro, and Shame Awareness: Best Practice for Professionals, Organisations, and Communities

Learn how trauma and shame influence behaviour, and how we can use this knowledge to reduce conflict and improve relationships.

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Trauma, Neuro, and Shame Awareness: Best Practice for Professionals, Organisations, and Communities

1,566 enrolled on this course

  • 4 weeks

  • 3 hours per week

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  • Introductory level

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  • Duration

    4 weeks
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    3 hours
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Understand the causes and impacts of trauma with Deakin University

Trauma and shame are complex, with a deep and widespread impact. This four-week Deakin University course aims to elevate your understanding of how these factors influence human behaviour.

From types of trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences to the impacts of these on individuals and relationships, you’ll cover key issues around trauma and shame and also how trauma and shame-informed approaches can reduce problems such as addiction, violence and crime. By the end of this course, you’ll have a deeper understanding of trauma and shame and the tools to make a positive impact in people’s lives and communities.

Examine types of trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences

You’ll start the course with an overview of different types of trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences, examining the scientific concepts and human experiences that lie behind common terms like ‘trauma’ and ‘shame’.

Understand trauma responses and intergenerational trauma

You’ll look at how trauma affects our mind and bodies, and the different ways people cope with trauma. You’ll learn how trauma can be passed down through generations, impacting communities worldwide, including First Nations peoples and refugees.

Explore the impact of trauma on individuals and relationships

You’ll explore the impact that trauma and shame have on individuals and their relationships. You’ll also learn how to strengthen your own relationship skills and interpersonal connections in the context of trauma.

Apply your course-acquired understanding of trauma and shame

Finally, you’ll learn from experts who have implemented trauma-informed and shame-sensitive practices, applying your knowledge to understand why these practices are critical to creating inclusive and supportive environments for people with trauma histories.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    Types of trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences

    • Introduction to the course

      Meet your teaching team to find out more about this course and what you'll be covering.

    • Point in practice: meet Cara and Fred

      Each week you will encounter Fred and Cara. Watch the animations and apply what you have learnt to these case studies.

    • Different types of trauma

      Explore different types of trauma, including the concept of the Three “E’s”.

    • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and linked outcomes

      Discover what Adverse Childhood Experiences are and why they could influence poorer outcomes in life.

    • What else informs the experience of trauma?

      Explore complex trauma and its links to neurodiversity.

    • Point in practice: apply your learning

      Point in practice: apply your learning

    • Weekly Wrap

      Review what you have learnt throughout this week.

  • Week 2

    Trauma responses, regulation, and the intergenerational transfer of trauma

    • Trauma effects on brain, body, and development

      Discover how trauma affects the whole organism.

    • Ways of regulating the nervous system

      Explore different strategies for regulating trauma and the nervous system.

    • Intergenerational transfer of trauma

      Explore how trauma affects more than the individual who experiences it.

    • Point in practice: apply your learning

      Let's return to Cara and Fred. Now that you have nearly completed the second week of the course, watch the animation and apply your knowledge.

    • Weekly wrap

      Reflect on this week’s key points, check your understanding, and get ready for next week.

  • Week 3

    Trauma effects on relationships

    • Relationships and attachment

      Gain an understanding of the effects of trauma on relationships at home, work, and in the community.

    • Attachment theory and trauma

      Explore how attachment theory and trauma intersect and interact.

    • Explore First Nations perspectives on trauma and shame in interpersonal relationships

      Learn about Indigenous knowledge, experience and perspectives on trauma and shame in interpersonal relationships.

    • Point in practice: apply your learning

      Let's return to Cara and Fred. Now that you have nearly completed the third week of the course, watch the animation and apply your knowledge.

    • Weekly wrap

      Conclude this week's learning on the influence of trauma on interpersonal relationships.

  • Week 4

    Trauma, neuro and shame-sensitive practice

    • Welcome to Week 4

      What is trauma-informed practice?

    • Shame-sensitive practice

      Learn about shame competency and hear from the experts who have implemented shame-sensitive practices.

    • Consider how to create environments that are shame sensitive and trauma-informed

      Explore the key principles and steps of shame-sensitive and trauma-informed practice and learn from the experts who have implemented it.

    • Strengths-based approaches

      Consider how a strengths-based approach is critical to trauma-informed and shame-sensitive practice.

    • Weekly wrap

      Conclude your course learning on trauma, neuro and shame-aware practices.

When would you like to start?

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Learning on this course

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • describe the definitions and types of trauma
  • explain how trauma affects the brain
  • refelect on how trauma impacts people in stressful situations
  • investigate the intergenerational transfer of trauma
  • develop practical skills in creating environments that are shame sensitive and trauma-informed
  • identify the range of negative outcomes associated with Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • explore how early attachment informs relationship patterns and regulation strategies.

Who is the course for?

This course is suitable for everyone, but is designed specifically for professionals working in justice, education, and health and social care, as well as business and management.

It will also be valuable for anyone interested in learning more about trauma and its impacts, including individuals dealing with trauma themselves, and their partners, children, families, or wider communities.

Who will you learn with?

Peter Miller is a Professor of Violence Prevention and Addiction Studies at Deakin University. His research interests include: alcohol policy, violence, trauma-informed and shame sensitive practice

Hannah Bereznicki (PhD) is a Lecturer and Research Fellow in the School of Psychology at Deakin University. Hannah's research interests include the neurocognitive underpinnings of trauma and shame.

Who developed the course?

Deakin University

Deakin University is one of Australia’s largest universities with more than 61,000 students and over 15,000 online.

  • Established

    1974
  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia
  • World ranking

    Top 280Source: QS World University Rankings 2021

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