PYMAWT-Advanced Skills for Working with Trauma

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught: Summer term module
Pre-requisites: PYMIN1 Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Evidence-Based Psychological Treatment or PYMIN3 Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Evidence-Based Psychological Treatment (APEL route)
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Co-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Ms Pam Myles

Email: p.myles@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

This module will focus on helping students developed advanced skills in working with specific client populations, such as refugees and asylum seekers, veterans etc., including those who have experienced complex and enduring (type II) trauma. Special considerations (such as ethical, lifespan and cultural issues) and evidence-based practice for these clients will be covered. Workshops will also be aimed at developing specific advanced techniques, such as imagery re-scripting. The aims of the module are to: 1. Provide students with a choice from a range of workshops that focus on specific and complex client groups. 2. Develop advanced skills in working with specific areas of PTSD, such as working with shame-based traumas, PTSD within a perinatal context and working with refugees and asylum seekers (see below for a full-list of workshops available). 3. To build on skills gained during ‘Basic Skills for Working with Trauma’ module to work with a more complex client group. 4. Train students in understanding the theory and gaining skills to work with enduring or complex PTSD. 5. Help students develop specialist areas of interest in working in PTSD. 6. To constructively discuss the clinical work of themselves and others presented in small discussion groups.


Aims:
This module will focus on helping students developed advanced skills in working with specific client populations, such as refugees and asylum seekers, veterans etc., including those who have experienced complex and enduring (type II) trauma. Special considerations (such as ethical, lifespan and cultural issues) and evidence-based practice for these clients will be covered. Workshops will also be aimed at developing specific advanced techniques, such as imagery re-scripting.

The aims of the module are to:
1.Provide students with a choice from a range of workshops that focus on specific and complex client groups.
2.Develop advanced skills in working with specific areas of PTSD, such as working with shame-based traumas, PTSD within a perinatal context and working with refugees and asylum seekers (see below for a full-list of workshops available).
3.To build on skills gained during ‘Basic Skills for Working with Trauma’ module to work with a more complex client group.
4.Train students in understanding the theory and gaining skills to work with enduring or complex PTSD.
5.Help students develop specialist areas of interest in working in PTSD.
6.To constructively discuss the clinical work of themselves and others presented in small discussion groups.

Assessable learning outcomes:
-Students’ understanding of their chosen workshops, areas of current research and its application in the treatment of more complex psychological trauma will be assessed through a knowledge and skills exam. This will be assessed via the Knowledge Assessment.

Additional outcomes:
-Students will gain confidence in working with clients with more complex PTSD.
-Academically, students will develop skills in critical appraisal of research and develop theory-practice links.
-Reflective practice will be integrated as part of all workshops within the module.
-Students will also develop and apply skills in self-care.

Outline content:
A total of five days’ teaching must be completed. All workshops will be presented by specialists in the field. The choice of workshops includes working with specific populations of clients or in advanced skills in working with complex (type II) psychological trauma and will cover topics such as:

Trauma and psychosis
PTSD following childbirth and perinatal loss
Working with veterans
Working with refugees and asylum seekers
Working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse
Traumatic bereavement
Compassion-focused therapy for shame-based trauma

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The aims of this module will be achieved through a series of workshops, which will incorporate lectures, role-plays, and small group discussions.



Contact hours:




  • 5 workshop days = 28.75 hours

  • Total contact hours for this module will be a minimum of 200, to include teaching workshops and guided independent study.


Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 28.75
Guided independent study 171.25
       
Total hours by term 200.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Class test administered by School 100

Other information on summative assessment:
Knowledge Assessment
The questions include an assessment of the students' (i) knowledge of the theory they have learned and (ii) knowledge of the treatment resulting from that theory.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Length of examination:
2 hours

Requirements for a pass:
50%. A minimum of 80% attendance is required.

Reassessment arrangements:
Students who do not obtain the required pass mark in the assessment will be given one further attempt. The re-sit grade cannot exceed 50%.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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Last updated: 31 March 2017

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