COUN2911 Crisis and Trauma Counselling

Bachelor Course Unit

Level: 200

Credit points: 6

Prerequisites: Counselling Skills (COUN1001)

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to: 

  • Identify a range of traumatic triggers, and individual, group and community responses to trauma;

  • Demonstrate understanding of indicators of crisis and trauma responses, and assessment tools for crisis and trauma responses;

  • Identify and apply a range of evidence-based approaches to crisis and trauma counselling;

  • Compile appropriate resources and referral list for clients in crisis, or experiencing traumatic reactions;
  • Identify and respond to the limits of expertise;
  • Demonstrate understanding of positive and negative impacts of working with crisis and trauma on the self of the counsellor, such as post-traumatic growth, vicarious traumatisation, vicarious countertransference, compassion fatigue, and develop strategies for  self-care.

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 9 hours per week.

Assignment summary

Please refer to the document available here


The required text book for this unit  can be found by viewing the School of Counselling textbook list by selecting the course and trimester at the following link: 

Academic misconduct

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Unit information may be subject to change prior to the teaching trimester commencing. Once term has commenced please review the Unit Outline in your class space to ensure your trimester study plan is correct.