Singapore University of Social Sciences

Psychology of Trauma: Theories and Applications

Psychology of Trauma: Theories and Applications (PSY376)

Applications Open: To be confirmed

Applications Close: To be confirmed

Next Available Intake: To be confirmed

Course Types: To be confirmed

Language: English

Duration: 6 months

Fees: To be confirmed

Area of Interest: Humanities and Social Sciences

Schemes: To be confirmed

Funding: To be confirmed

School/Department: School of Humanities & Behavioural Sciences


PSY376 Psychology of Trauma: Theories and Applications covers theories and research in the psychological and behavioural responses to trauma, and the current use of evidence-based psychological therapies alongside contemporary neurobiological approaches. Emphasis is placed on understanding the far-reaching effects of trauma in our societies, and ways to provide trauma-informed care within our social welfare, justice, hospital, and education systems. Students will appreciate why understanding trauma can build deeper and more meaningful relationships in our personal relationships and communities.

Level: 3
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: EVERY JULY


  • Introduction to Trauma
  • Impact of Trauma: Traumatic Responses and Disorders
  • Developmental Trauma
  • Psychodynamic Perspectives of Trauma
  • Cognitive Behavioural Perspectives of Trauma
  • Attachment Perspectives of Trauma
  • Neurobiology of Trauma
  • Trauma-Specific Therapies
  • Psychological First Aid
  • Building Trauma-Informed Systems and Communities
  • Trauma-Informed Care in Everyday Relationships
  • Post-Traumatic Growth

Learning Outcome

  • Illustrate the various impacts of trauma and recognise how present behaviours and reactions may be mechanisms of coping
  • Evaluate key theoretical perspectives and approaches in the study of psychological trauma
  • Analyse trauma-specific therapies and principles of trauma-informed care in managing trauma
  • Assess trauma-related responses and coping mechanisms accurately across various contexts
  • Appraise the different therapeutic approaches used in treating trauma stress
  • Apply theoretical perspectives and therapy approaches to create trauma-informed systems
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