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Trauma-Informed Care and Recovery Treatment
Course: BHS175

First Term: 2023 Fall
Lecture   3.0 Credit(s)   3.0 Period(s)   3.0 Load  
Subject Type: Occupational
Load Formula: S - Standard Load

Description: Comprehensive overview of various types of trauma, neurobiological effects of traumatic stress, and ethics associated in working with a trauma survivor. Concepts and skills needed to become a fully functioning trauma-informed caregiver professional in the mental health and primary care setting.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Describe the role and function of a trauma-informed caregiver. (I)
2. Demonstrate self-application of professional resiliency skills to combat compassion fatigue, burnout, and secondary traumatic stress. (II)
3. Define simple trauma, complex trauma, systemic traumatization, secondary traumatic stress, and traumagenesis. (III)
4. Identify the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) diagnostic characteristics for trauma-and stress-related disorders. (III)
5. Describe the effects of traumatic activators and traumatic stress on human neurobiology and lifespan development. (IV)
6. Define the principles of trauma-informed care. (V)
7. Demonstrate the ability to use the key principles of trauma-informed care in the caregiving role. (V)
8. Describe historical and current theoretical trends in trauma treatment. (VI)
9. Identify key therapeutic elements used in trauma-focused caregiving. (VII)
10. Describe integrated care for trauma services in the primary care setting. (VIII)
11. Explain the correlations between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) and wellness. (VIII)
12. Explain ethical considerations pertaining to trauma treatment. (IX)
MCCCD Official Course Competencies must be coordinated with the content outline so that each major point in the outline serves one or more competencies. MCCCD faculty retains authority in determining the pedagogical approach, methodology, content sequencing, and assessment metrics for student work. Please see individual course syllabi for additional information, including specific course requirements.
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Trauma-informed caregiver
   A. Role
   B. Function
   C. Process: Method of delivery
II. Professional caregiver resilience: Compassion fatigue, burnout, and secondary traumatic stress
   A. Self-regulation
   B. Intentionality
   C. Perceptual maturation
   D. Connection and support
   E. Self-care and revitalization
III. Definition of trauma
   A. Diagnostic and Statistical manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)
      1. Reactive attachment disorder
      2. Disinhibited social engagement disorder
      3. Post-traumatic stress disorder
      4. Acute stress disorder
      5. Adjustment disorder
      6. Other specified trauma- and stress-related disorder
   B. Dysregulation
      1. External event
      2. Situational
   C. Simple and complex trauma
      1. Single experience
      2. Repeated traumatic experiences
   D. Systemic traumatization
   E. Adult and childhood trauma
   F. Secondary traumatic stress
   G. Traumagensis
IV. Effects of traumatic stress
   A. Psychological
   B. Emotional
   C. Social
   D. Physiological
   E. Neurological
   F. Hormonal
   G. Behavior
V. Key principles of trauma-informed care
   A. Historical events
   B. Safety
   C. Trustworthiness and transparency
   D. Peer support
   E. Collaboration and mutuality
   F. Empowerment, voice and choice
   G. Cultural, historical, and gender issues
   H. Implementing and maintaining trauma-informed care
      1. Personal biases
      2. Environmental challenges
      3. Attitude of the helper
VI. Models used in trauma-based treatments
   A. History of traumatic care
   B. Psychopharmacology
   C. Psychotherapy treatments
   D. Evidenced-based trauma models
   E. Crisis stabilization
VII. Trauma-focused caregiving
   A. Preparation and relationship building
   B. Psychoeducation
   C. Self-regulation
      1. Caregiver`s ability to self-regulate
      2. Environmental safety
      3. Client`s ability to self-regulate
   D. Integration and desensitization
   E. Post-traumatic growth and resilience
VIII. Integrated care: Trauma services in the primary care setting
   A. Comorbidity of medical and mental health conditions
   B. Adverse Childhood Events (ACE) and wellness
      1. History
      2. Research and interpretation
      3. Utilization
   C. Protective aspects of psychological and physical health
      1. Supports and resources
      2. Restoring normalcy
      3. Safety
      4. Stability
      5. Caregiver support
IX. Ethics in trauma treatment
   A. Assessment
   B. Treatment
   C. Re-traumatization
   D. Training
   E. Scope of practice for non-clinical professionals
   F. Additional ethical considerations
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: August 23, 2022

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