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Psychological Trauma Postgraduate Certificate

Psychological Trauma Postgraduate Certificate

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1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Psychology (General)

Course type


Course Summary

Psychological trauma is a growing area of both academic and professional interest. There is an increasing recognition that a wide variety of occupations and professions are working with traumatised populations daily.

Course overview

An understanding of the needs, and what can be identified as best practice in terms of working with traumatised individuals, can vastly improve a person’s engagement and recovery. The underlying philosophy behind the course is an inclusive holistic view of trauma, focusing on the contributions of neurological, psychological, and sociological views of psychological trauma throughout.

The course allows you to gain several transferable skills, whilst encouraging you to explore a number of theoretical concepts, and your application to psychological trauma in the real setting.

Why study this course with us?

The programme is designed to:

  • Provide an intellectual setting within which you can develop an understanding of the appropriate response to psychological trauma, and improve your analytical skills
  • Critically examine current research related to post-traumatic stress, post-traumatic stress disorder and dissociation
  • Explore the range of therapeutic approaches to working with psychological trauma, and current understanding of the effectiveness of these approaches
  • Develop skills in managing traumatic incidents and intervening organisations
  • Examine the models of managing traumatic incidents and the different contexts in which these might apply

The Postgraduate Certificate in Psychological Trauma aims to enhance your critical knowledge and skills in understanding how to work with those who have experienced psychological trauma.

Job prospects

As a graduate, you may be suited to work in disaster planning, or in careers where psychological trauma is a major component, such as specialist areas of social work and nursing, the emergency services, rescue and support work in disaster areas, and in the military.


Students will engage with extensive coverage of the nature of post-traumatic stress and its historical conceptualisations, including psychological, neurobiological, physiological, cultural, political, economic and spiritual perspectives across the lifespan. The current perspectives and theoretical models of the holistic approach to psychological trauma and its many manifestations including acute stress and post-traumatic stress disorder and co-morbid conditions such as depression. These will be explored in detail as will the role of the brain including memory and neurobiological processes.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

2022/23 Home fee per 20 credit module £765. Where a taught programme is studied part-time (PT), the fees payable each year will depend on the number of modules studied during that year.

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

2022/23 Home fee per 20 credit module £765. Where a taught programme is studied part-time (PT), the fees payable each year will depend on the number of modules studied during that year.

Entry requirements

A good honours degree in any discipline or equivalent, and relevant experience of working in the field of Psychological Trauma. The application process may include an interview.

University information

From a teaching college established in 1839, to becoming the University of Chester in 2005, over 180 years of academic growth has allowed the University to offer an extensive selection of postgraduate courses and research options across a number of specialist sites. This includes five sites in and around Chester, a campus in Warrington, a University Centre in Shrewsbury, and a new health and nursing education facility, Marriss House, in...more

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