Trauma Informed Practices I

Health Sciences
Nursing - Psychiatric
Course Code
PNUR 2170
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered
To be determined


Course Description
Students will explore concepts of Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and the prevalence of complex trauma in a variety of diverse populations seeking treatment for mental health issues and substance abuse within diverse settings. The principles and specific practice implication including therapeutic relationship skills required in Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) will be highlighted. The assignments will focus on application and integration of TIC in clinical practice settings.
Course Content

Course Content

In this course the learner will explore:

  • Concepts of Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, disorders of extreme stress and the DSM-5 (APA; 2013) changes to Trauma-Stress Related Disorder and PTSD.  Symptoms associated with childhood exposure to trauma including self- regulatory disturbances and changes in structural and function of the brain will be explored. Physiological disturbances including suppressed immune system will be identified. Alterations in affect, attention and concentration, somatization, self-perception, interpersonal relationships and systems of meaning will be highlighted.  The prevalence of complex trauma in a variety of populations seeking treatment for serious and enduring mental illness, substance abuse and those in contact with the criminal justice system will be highlighted.


  • The philosophy of Trauma Informed Care will be emphasized including trauma awareness, emphasis on safety, opportunity to rebuild, and a strength-based approach. TIC in practice will be highlighted including the student identification of agency’ procedures that can provide physical and emotional safety, trustworthiness, choice and control, collaboration, power sharing and empowerment, and caregiver/ family involvement. Special consideration of the use of seclusion and restraint will be explored. Experiential learning will include learning grounding techniques and participation in a peer clinical supervisions/consultation group.


Methods Of Instruction

The course includes several experiential learning opportunities that include instructor and student peer participation (as an example, participation in a peer clinical consultation/supervision group).  Experiential learning may take place in the classroom or through the use of HD video conferencing for online courses.  It is the intent of the course to allow the student to optimize the clinical value of learning by choosing to focus assignments including research on prevalence, choice of trauma screening tool, specific therapeutic relationship skills building, 

Means of Assessment

The course evaluation is consistent with Douglas College evaluation policy. An evaluation schedule is presented at the beginning of the course. This is a graded course. All assignments must be completed to pass the course. 

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes 

At the end of the course, successful learners will be able to analyze: 

  • Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Disorders of Extreme Stress and DSM-5 changes to Trauma-Stress Related Disorder and PTSD
  •  Prevalence of Complex Trauma
  •  Differentiate Trauma Informed Care (TIC) Versus Trauma -Specific Services (TSS)
  •  Recognize the philosophy of Trauma Informed Care
  •  Trauma Informed Care in Psychiatric Nursing Practice
Textbook Materials

A list of required and optional textbooks and materials is provided for students at the beginning of each semester


Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
There are no applicable transfer credits for this course.

Course Offerings

Summer 2021

There aren't any scheduled upcoming offerings for this course.