HSW711 - Responding to Trauma, Grief and Loss


2021 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Cloud (online) with significant campus requirements (see Contact hours), CBD*

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule: This unit is only available to students enrolled in H703 - Master of Social Work




Incompatible with:


Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

Online independent and collaborative learning activities. Students must attend a 3 day workshop at Waterfront (Geelong). This workshop occurs at these dates and times.




Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including three scheduled online seminars.

In-person attendance requirements

Students must attend and participate in a compulsory 3 day workshop at Waterfront (Geelong). This workshop occurs at these dates and times.


*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery


This unit explores a range of critical social work theories and approaches to understanding and responding to trauma, grief and loss, including more traditional individualised approaches, as well as critical and postmodern approaches. The implications of using contrasting theoretical frameworks to inform social work practice are explored in relation to a range of different trauma, grief and loss experiences including mental and other health issues, work with refugees and asylum seekers, bereavement, sexual assault, abuse, and domestic violence. A lifespan perspective is interwoven throughout the unit, to consider trauma, loss and grief experienced by children, young adults and aged persons.

Students are encouraged to draw on the skills and knowledge of social work method and process developed in a previous practice unit (HSW703). The unit also explores trauma, grief and loss experienced by whole communities, through transgenerational trauma, and disasters such as bushfire and flood, as well as terrorism and mass violence. A further area of trauma, grief and loss – disenfranchised grief – is also considered. Throughout the unit, students are encouraged and guided to engage in critical reflection on their own values, ethics and assumptions around trauma, loss and grief.

Hurdle requirement

  • Attendance at a 3 day workshop held during trimester at Waterfront Campus.
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Unit Fee Information

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