Trauma can have a profound impact on a person’s psychological wellbeing and every day functioning. Trauma counselling is a specialist field of counselling that aims to help those who have suffered a traumatic life event.
The Certificate of Trauma Counselling is an online professional development program that will provide you with the conceptual framework and skills for counselling people who are suffering from trauma-related stress.
In this online trauma counselling course, you will develop your counselling skills and techniques, learn how to establish a counselling relationship, apply specialist interpersonal and counselling skills, and facilitate the counselling relationship and process. You will also learn how to apply learning theories in counselling, implement trauma informed care and learn how to effectively recognise and respond to crisis situations.
On completion of this course, you will feel confident in your ability to use trauma-counselling techniques to assist and engage with those who have experienced trauma.
Unit 1 - Facilitate the counselling relationship and process
Following the client’s story
Encouraging client to tell their story
Legal and ethical considerations
Mandatory reporting legislation
Duty of care
Client presenting and underlying issues
Engaging with clients
Situations requiring immediate action
Identify and prioritise concerns
Recognising issues needing a referral
Referral types and processes
Confidentiality and privacy
Strategies for overcoming uncertainty
Code of ethical conduct
Supporting clients to experience and process difficulties
The stages of recovery
Supporting clients to identify and use strengths
Exploring clients feelings (reflecting, clarifying and reviewing)
Dealing with underlying issues
Monitor the counselling process
Disruptions to the counselling process
Planning for change
Enabling clients to identify when counselling is ending
Emotionally dependant clients
Developing client plans
Autonomy and compliance
Documenting and reporting
Unit 2 - Work effectively in trauma informed care
Trauma informed care perspective
Key principles and practices
Safe environments and relationships
Physical and sexual abuse
Psychological and emotional abuse
Making trauma individuals feel safe
Past and current trauma or abuse
Symptoms of trauma
Breathing control exercises
Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT)
Self-reflection and evaluation
Unit 3 - Establish and confirm the counselling relationship
Structured counselling approach
Analyse existing client information
Legal and ethical considerations
Transparent management of personal information
Health and safety legislation
Initial counselling session
Engaging with clients
A structured approach to counselling
A person-centred approach
Establishing the helping relationship
Provide information for clients
Client rights and responsibilities
The counselling process
The Charter of Human Rights
Clarifying expectations raised in promotional material
Code of ethical conduct
Signs of anxiety
Expectations and commitment
Referrals to other agencies
Example of referral process form
Collaborative processes and strategies
Confidentiality and privacy legislation
Relationship options and approaches with clients
Counselling priorities and plans
Example of a counselling plan
Unit 4 - Apply learning theories in counselling
Research learning theories
Antecedent behaviour consequence (ABC)
Ignoring the behaviour
Modelling or behavioral rehearsal
Attention deficit disorder (ADD)
Formulate a program for change
Achieving identified outcomes
Identify practical goals
Setting SMART goals
Barriers to achieving outcomes
Recording / reviewing change programs
Unit 5 - Implement trauma informed care
Trauma informed care
Strong safe relationships
Listen to the client’s story
Person’s strengths and resilience
Culture and language
Identify impact of trauma
Mental health issues
Working with children
Post-traumatic stress disorders
Negative responses to triggers
Specific trauma needs
Individual support plans
Change strategies and plans
Trauma informed supervision
Crisis management plans
Trust and rapport
Conflict resolution strategies
Unit 6 - Apply specialist interpersonal and counselling interview skills
Counselling interview sequence
Environmental / personal factors
Disabilities / impairments
Empathy, honesty and openness
Communication styles and skills
Specialised counselling skills
Promoting self-advocacy / self-care
Responding to distress or crisis
Self-evaluation / self-awareness
Professional development plan
Networking / professional memberships
Unit 7 - Recognise and respond to crisis situations
Signs of safety issues
Signs of abuse
Suicide risk factors / warning signs
Assessing suicide risk
Safety and suicide plan
Emergency help / medical assistance
Supervision and debriefing
Estimated duration 105 hours
Course Delivery and Start
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Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
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