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Understanding Trauma

Post-pandemic, the need to provide additional support for vulnerable children and young people is evident. Knowing the short and long-term impact these can have can help professionals to assess the support needed for children in their care.

This short course in Understanding Trauma can provide you with the knowledge, understanding and confidence to work with children-at-risk, to break the cycle of inter-generational trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

On this course you will learn to demonstrate a critical awareness of trauma and to critically evaluate how trauma can affect brain development. You will also learn to demonstrate a critical understanding of adverse childhood experiences and their relationship to trauma. In addition, you will take responsibility for your own learning and skill development, including effective personal planning, self-reflection and project management.  

The credits from this course can be transferred to the new Master’s degree, MA Children and Young People’s Mental Health.

Who Should Take This Course?

This course is designed for pre- and in-service teachers, teaching assistants and those who work with vulnerable children and young people in diverse settings. 

Teaching Methods

The teaching, assessment and learner support on this course will encourage creativity in a dynamic environment and collaborative culture.

You will have opportunities to gain experience by interacting with others during lectures, seminars (small group teaching), tutorials, workshops and practice-based sessions. These sessions will provide learning activities to develop you as an inquiring, expert and confident practitioner.


Assessments will be evidence-informed and will embrace pedagogic research and practice. The learning, teaching and assessment strategy for this micro-credential has been devised to ensure that the specialist knowledge and practical skills are developed and clearly assessed in the most appropriate manner and have a clear professional focus. For example, assessment includes an intervention that you can use and transfer to your practice.

Formative tasks and seminar activities will have a professional focus and enable you to consider case studies and real-life scenarios in order to apply your knowledge and learning to the real world and allow for key topics to be explored in greater depth with academic tutors and peers.