Introduction to Trauma Psychology

This module provides an overview of current psychological theories and research in the understanding of abnormal and maladaptive human responses to psychological trauma and life adversities. Topics include self-mutilation, suicide, pathological grief, acute stress reactions, and post-traumatic stress disorders resulting from interpersonal and family violence, sexual victimization, traumatic loss and death, disaster, and other critical life events. Resilience and post-traumatic growth in the face of life challenges will also be discussed. This module has a special focus on cultural and gender issues in relation to human traumatic stress reactions and resilient functioning.

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