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COUN2911 Crisis and Trauma Counselling

Bachelor Course Unit

Level: 200

Credit Points: 6

Prerequisites: Counselling Skills (COUN1001)

Unit Description

In the unit of Crisis and Trauma Counselling students will become familiar with the impact of crisis and trauma on individuals and on groups of people who actively work in areas where crisis and trauma are everyday experiences. The unit will provide opportunity for learning about posttraumatic stress and other stressor related disorders. Students will develop a broad understanding and skill level in trauma and crisis counselling through exposure to psychological first aid, models of crisis counselling, assessment tools, and appropriate skills and interventions for both crisis and trauma counselling. Specific groups of people who face crisis and trauma will be discussed including young people and children and emergency services and returned services personnel. In the field of crisis and trauma counselling there are major legal and ethical issues for counsellors to consider as well as awareness and management of self-care. The unit will provide opportunity to grow in knowledge and skills in caring for clients in crisis and those that have experienced trauma. The unit will also assist students to reflect on their skill level and to refer to specialist services when appropriate.

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.


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: 

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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.