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Trauma Sensitive Approaches to Psychological Wellbeing University Certificate in Postgraduate Professional Development

Develop your knowledge and understanding of psychological trauma and the sources and impact it can have. Choose from an accredited University Certificate in Postgraduate Professional Development (UCPPD) or a non-accredited continuing professional development (CPD) route.


16 weeks


Course overview

Learn about the different types of traumas and use a cognitive behavioural framework to demonstrate the impact on the individual. You also look at health inequalities and culture, and the impact these can have on trauma and access to help. Gain support to work in a more trauma-informed way.

This module runs in January with two routes: accredited and non-accredited. Both routes are taught together, the only difference is the way they are assessed.

  • For the UCPPD route, you are awarded with 20 level seven credits.
  • For the non-accredited CPD route, you are awarded with a certificate of completion.

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Course details

What you study

Content includes:

  • types and sources of psychological trauma
  • adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)
  • the impact of trauma using a cognitive behavioural approach
  • culture, health inequalities and the impact of intersectionality on trauma
  • working in a trauma-informed way
  • supporting wellbeing with low intensity cognitive behavioural interventions.

How you learn

As both routes are taught together, a range of strategies are used to support learning in the classroom, including short lectures, presentations, roleplays, and other activities. You are encouraged to share experiences and learning with other students, deliver presentations and facilitate group work. Scenario-based seminars develop your decision making and problem-solving skills.

All sessions are delivered online and the e-learning environment is used to support your learning. You are actively encouraged to engage with the electronic materials to enhance your knowledge and skills.

Teaching is facilitated by a range of highly qualified staff, including counsellors, therapists and psychologists.

How you are assessed

If you are studying the accredited route, you must submit a 3000-word reflective essay.

If you are studying the non-accredited route, you must complete a short multiple-choice quiz within the virtual learning environment.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

If you are applying for the accredited route, you should have previously studied at degree level (level 6).

If you are applying for the non-accredited route, you should have an interest in this area or practice.



2024/25 entry

Fee for applicants:

  • Length: 16 weeks
  • Fortnightly for 12 weeks
  • Start date: April
  • Level: Master's
  • Credits: 20

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