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Impact of Trauma and Complexity on Children and Young People HUG4056


This module will offer students critical perspectives and applications to practice in relation to complexity and trauma in children and young people. Current perspectives and theoretical models will be critically reviewed and evaluated. This module aims to offer critical examination of research evidence related to trauma assessment and intervention with children and young people, taking account of their family and all sectors they engage with. This module aims to help students develop their self-awareness and self-knowledge. This process is facilitated through in-depth critical exploration of the phenomenology of trauma and the feedback provided by peers on the development of the patchwork text being presented by students throughout the module.

Module code:HUG4056
Module credits:20
Cost for new students:£1000 for September 2024 to July 2025

If you are an existing student who is undertaking this module as part of a programme, your fee will have been advised to you by email. You can also check your fees online. For any queries, please contact [email protected]

If your tuition fee is being paid by a sponsor or you are a sponsor paying a student’s fee, you are required to send a copy of a purchase order to [email protected].

For further guidance please visit: Sponsored students – Edge Hill University

Who is this module for?

Students who may be working in a range of sectors (or aiming to work in those sectors) to develop their knowledge and understanding of trauma and complexity for children and young people as it applies to practice research, interventions and outcomes. This forms part of public policy and legislation and a key target for the NHS long term plan for a trauma informed workforce (NHS England 2019).

What are the key aims of the module?

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the theoretical concepts of complexity and trauma and its impact on children and young people across a range of settings.
  • Critically analyse the cause and effect of complexity and trauma from a biopsychosocial perspective across the lifespan.
  • Critically evaluate the impact of interventions and their outcomes related to trauma and complexity in a chosen area of interest.

What will I study?

  • Adverse childhood experiences and Trauma informed care
  • Trauma the body and the brain
  • Critical exploration of trauma and complexity theory
  • Trauma response
  • Bio-psycho-social factors and impacts over time
  • At risk groups (vulnerability) e.g. LAC/SEND/Asylum Seeking young people/LGBTQ+/Young carers etc
  • Neurodiversity (Vulnerability to complex mental health needs)
  • Perspectives on assessment and Interventions
  • Traumatic injury
  • Impact on families

How will I be assessed?

3000 word patchwork test assessment.

On successful completion you will:

On successful completion you will be able to:
Students will consider factors that influence how children and young people respond to trauma and how that may impact on the process of recovery over the lifespan, including long and short term impacts on both mental and physical health

How to apply

Module availability varies from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Due to the popularity of some modules it may be that the module is fully booked when your application is received. We will include your details on a waiting list and allocate you a place on the next available intake.

For details of how to apply, please visit the apply page.

Contact us

For further information regarding module availability, study dates and costs please contact the School of Allied Health, Social Work and Wellbeing on [email protected].

For information relating to module suitability, please contact Module Co-ordinator – Paula Bailey 01695657178 [email protected].


MSc Child & Adolescent Mental Health & Wellbeing