This unit will explore the experience of trauma as a consequence of: industrial disasters, natural disasters, tragic accidents, domestic violence, child abuse, assaults and murder, terrorism and war. It will begin by helping the student to develop a broad understanding of trauma and its impact on human development and relationships. It will then focus on trauma experiences which are beyond our control, such as natural disasters. It will then explore trauma that arises from domestic conflicts and accidents. This will be followed by an exploration of complex trauma which emerges as a consequence of international conflict and terrorism. The unit will explore theological perspectives on trauma, and of the place of pastoral and spiritual care for victims of trauma.

Unit Code: DP9005Y

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning Outcomes


Understand and articulate a broad understanding of the complex experience of trauma


Critically analyse and compare the key elements of a range of traumatic experiences


Articulate, analyse and reflect psychologically on specific experiences of trauma


Articulate, analyse and reflect theologically on specific areas of trauma


Demonstrate an understanding of various intervention strategies in the treatment of trauma and illustrate this through examples of pastorally integrated practice


Critically review current research on the psychological and spiritual impact of trauma and illustrate appropriate pastoral responses

Unit sequence

DP8001Y: Foundations for Pastoral Practice An interview with the lecturer will be required prior to enrolment in this unit


Lecture and seminar


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Critical Review

Critically review two key articles or book chapters (1500 words)

1500 20.0

Essay: An exploration of two key areas of trauma, comparing and contrasting the theory, experience and intervention. An advanced conceptual understanding is required (2500 words)

2500 30.0

Essay: Understanding traumatic experiences, exploring psychological and theological perspectives, and pastoral implications. An advanced conceptual and pastoral understanding is required (3500 words)

3500 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 27 Sep, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-31 08:37:28 +1100