COURSE INFORMATION

DELIVERY DATES

February 2021

Future course intakes to be available later in 2021

CONTACT HOURS

Approximately 30 hours (i.e. five hours a week for six weeks)

MODE

Online

FEES

$500 (GST inclusive)

Scholarships may be available for WA applicants

LOCATION

Online

Course Overview

  • Learn to recognise different types of child abuse and neglect.  
  • Identify the relationships between adverse childhood experiences, child abuse, and trauma.
  • Identify the impacts of abuse and neglect on child development (in a case study) by using knowledge of normal development and how trauma disrupts development. 
  • Recognise elements of trauma-informed practice (through a case study). 
  • Apply evidence-based theories (e.g. neurobiological, attachment, intergenerational trauma) to case studies to explain why abuse-related trauma impacts on behaviour and wellbeing.

Snapshot

You will develop knowledge of what constitutes trauma with specific reference to trauma from abuse and explore the types and prevalence. You will gain an understanding of how child abuse can cause trauma and the subsequent trauma impacts on a child’s development and functioning. You will also learn about the theories that guide evidence-based practice when working with trauma from abuse, including child development, neurobiology, attachment theory, intergenerational trauma, and epigenetics.

The Professional Certificate in Understanding Childhood Trauma is delivered fully online, giving you the flexibility to plan your studies around work or other commitments and complete this program at your own pace within a two-month period. There are five core topics in the course that have been spread over a period of six weeks. Some students may be more familiar with specific issues than others and may choose to spend less time on certain topics and more time exploring content they are less familiar with. 

This Professional Certificate is a part of a nested suite of three Certificates designed as part of the Pursuit of Excellence Project, by the ACCP and Parkerville, to support non-specialist practitioners in community settings to develop their capacity (i.e. knowledge, skills, application of knowledge and skills) to provide trauma-specific therapeutic interventions to children who have experienced child abuse and neglect, with a focus on child sexual abuse.

Assessment

Your studies will require you to complete necessary readings, watch videos, undertake activities, and successfully complete assessment quizzes. You will be presented with multiple-choice quizzes at the end of key topics, relating to the course content, and you are required to achieve 100% for each quiz. You may attempt each quiz more than once.

Entry Requirements

Applicants are required to meet the following criteria. You will:

  • be over 18 years of age, and have access to a computer and the internet; and
  • meet current working with children requirements of the relevant State or Territory (e.g. evidence of a current WA Working with Children Check, SA DHS/DCSI child-related employment check)

You must have one of the following:

  • an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification in education, youth work, welfare, social work, psychology, social science or equivalent; or
  • an Advanced Diploma or Diploma qualification in community services, youth work, nursing or welfare; or
  • recent experience (a minimum of 2 years full time or equivalent) working in a community sector organisation or relevant equivalent, in a role involving self-directed application of knowledge, exercise of judgement and decision-making responsibilities, working with children, young people and/or families

Prior to confirmation of enrolment, students will be required to provide evidence of a current Working with Children Check (WWCC) and relevant qualifications.

How to apply

Applications for next course offering will be through an Expression of Interest form. Further details available closer to the date.

Additional information

Cancellation Policy

For withdrawals up to 14 days prior to commencement of the Professional Certificate:

  • Full refunds are allowed where students have paid an enrolment fee, but documentation has not been approved.
  • In cases where a student’s Working with Children Check and qualifications have been reviewed and approved, refunds are allowed less 10% administration fee (i.e. $50 at the 2021 rate).