Online Microcredential in Healthcare & Medicine

Impact of Trauma on Mental Health

Get expert insights into the effects of trauma and establish an understanding of psychological wellbeing and its promotion.

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Learn and explore how to help people cope with trauma

This microcredential will enhance your professional understanding of trauma, and give you the skills to help patients to learn to cope with trauma and ultimately overcome it – all in just ten weeks.

Explore the effects of psychological trauma

Trauma can affect anyone at any time. From bereavement to sudden natural disasters, trauma can leave a lasting impact that can develop into a range of disorders –such as PTSD – if left unmanaged.

As our awareness of the importance of mental health and wellbeing increases – alongside public access to psychological interventions – so does demand for individuals trained to understand and support mental wellbeing. In the US alone, the number of psychiatrists is projected to grow by 11% over a ten-year period to 2026.

Learn about psychological trauma support and treatment

On this microcredential, you’ll identify how individuals who have experienced trauma can be supported empathetically, effectively and professionally, learning from experts in psychology and psychiatry.

Along with University of Glasgow staff, you’ll explore the links between trauma and psychological wellbeing, investigate the implications of diagnosis, and consider research and evidence – allowing you to make decisions about appropriate referrals to other agencies.

Discover how to foster positive psychological wellbeing

Ultimately, the course will give you the confidence to open conversations about the topic of wellbeing. You’ll critically appraise the scientific literature to justify potential concerns relating to post-trauma adjustment, recognising psychological disorders and evaluating therapeutic interventions along the way.

This course is an educational resource, not a therapeutic tool. If you are feeling distressed, in a state of despair or suicidal, it’s important to tell someone. Visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention to find Crisis Centres around the world. We do not provide a treatment service or advice for those in crisis.

This microcredential meets the standards set by the Common Microcredential Framework.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 10 seconds Trauma is a global phenomenon that can affect anyone at any time. It’s a person’s response to extreme stress which overwhelms their capacity to cope, and it can stem from life-threatening events such as injury, natural disasters, war, accidents and terrorist attacks, or, from life-changing medical diagnoses, sexual assault and rape, or domestic violence. Unresolved traumatic experiences can have long-lasting damaging effects on physical and mental well-being. Trauma has consistently been shown as one of the strongest predictors of developing a mental disorder and coping responses such as substance use and social isolation can increase the risk of poor overall well-being.

Skip to 0 minutes and 51 seconds Understanding trauma is vital for promoting recovery and resilience in individuals and communities, which is why the University of Glasgow has created this online course. Our short program explores the links between trauma and psychological well-being to enhance your understanding of distress reactions following a traumatic event. The course has been put together by a diverse team of academics and psychiatrists from one of the prestigious Russell group of leading UK research universities, with expertise in global mental health, resilience, attachment, recovery, stigma, domestic violence and HIV. They’ll help you understand the spectrum of distress, from transient feelings of vulnerability, fear and sadness, to more disabling psychological conditions that need specialist interventions. You’ll also learn about evidence-based prevention and treatment options for managing psychological distress.

Skip to 1 minute and 39 seconds So if you want to get an insight into common psychiatric disorders and expand your knowledge of trauma and psychological well-being this course is the perfect introduction.

What skills will you learn?

  • Research critique
  • Appraisal of evidence
  • Applying scientific concepts and models
  • Case study analysis
  • Analysing responses to traumatic events
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Identifying trauma-related mental disorders
  • Choosing appropriate psychological interventions

What you will achieve

By the end of the microcredential, you’ll be able to...

  • Critique the scientific literature to understand the psycho-social factors impacting on reactions to trauma
  • Evaluate the scientific literature to recognise and identify psychological disorders
  • Assess the strengths and weaknesses of a range of psycho-social support options for individuals and those closest to them, post-trauma

Are you eligible for this microcredential?

To join this microcredential you will need:

  • At least an upper second-class honours degree in a relevant degree (eg. psychology, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, law, public health or public policy) from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
  • A registerable health-care professional qualification will also be acceptable.
  • A background (study, work or volunteer activities) in a mental health-related field is desirable but not essential.
  • A high level of English proficiency.

Is this microcredential right for you?

Anyone whose role or career pathway involves working with other people and anyone focusing on health research will be interested in this course as an upskilling opportunity.

This course will appeal to all healthcare professionals – including both medical and allied health professionals – who are looking to enhance their understanding of psychological wellbeing and factors that can impact on mental ill-health.

The microcredential would benefit anyone currently working or looking to work as a counsellor, therapist, or allied healthcare worker.


What happens before, during, and after your microcredential

  • Before learning

    You’ll be enrolled directly with the University of Glasgow, allowing you access to the University library and student services.

  • Course

    From 18 Jan 2021

    Impact of Trauma on Mental Health

    Psychological wellbeing related to traumatic experiences is explored to enhance understanding of distress reactions.

    10 weeks

    10 hours per week

  • After learning

    Once you have successfully completed the microcredential, you’ll receive 10 academic credits at Postgraduate level from the University of Glasgow.

What you will receive

10 UK credits at Postgraduate level from The University of Glasgow

Find out how credits work and where you can use them in our FAQs.

What is a microcredential?

Microcredentials are designed to upskill you for work in rapidly-growing industries, without the time and cost commitment of a full degree. Your microcredential can stand alone as an independent credential, and some also offer academic credit to use towards a degree.

Learn online with expert instructors

Complete online courses led by experts over multiple weeks with a dedicated group of professionals.

Complete project-based assessments

Test your understanding with online tutor-marked assessments and exercises.

Earn a professional credential

Finish your learning and pass your assessments to gain an accredited credential.

Advance further in your career

Use your microcredential as evidence of your specialised skills and progress further in your industry.

Career-focused learning by The University of Glasgow

Founded in 1451, the University of Glasgow is the fourth oldest university in the English-speaking world. It is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities.

  • Established

  • Location

    Glasgow, Scotland, UK
  • World ranking

    Top 70Source: QS World University Rankings 2020

Delivered by experts

Julie is a Senior Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist. She is the Director of the Global Mental Health MSc in the Institute of Health and Wellbeing, at the University of Glasgow.

Laura is a Senior Lecturer in the Digital Education team in Medical Veterinary & Life Sciences (MVLS), who works with the Global Mental Health MSc team supporting distance learning.

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