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Impact of Trauma on Mental Health

University of Glasgow via FutureLearn Program


This microcredential will enhance your professional understanding of trauma, and give you the skills to help patients to learn to cope with trauma and ultimately overcome it – all in just ten weeks.

Explore the effects of psychological trauma

Trauma can affect anyone at any time. From bereavement to sudden natural disasters, trauma can leave a lasting impact that can develop into a range of disorders –such as PTSD – if left unmanaged.

As our awareness of the importance of mental health and wellbeing increases – alongside public access to psychological interventions – so does demand for individuals trained to understand and support mental wellbeing. In the US alone, the number of psychiatrists is projected to grow by 11% over a ten-year period to 2026.

Learn about psychological trauma support and treatment

On this microcredential, you’ll identify how individuals who have experienced trauma can be supported empathetically, effectively and professionally, learning from experts in psychology and psychiatry.

Along with University of Glasgow staff, you’ll explore the links between trauma and psychological wellbeing, investigate the implications of diagnosis, and consider research and evidence – allowing you to make decisions about appropriate referrals to other agencies.

Discover how to foster positive psychological wellbeing

Ultimately, the course will give you the confidence to open conversations about the topic of wellbeing. You’ll critically appraise the scientific literature to justify potential concerns relating to post-trauma adjustment, recognising psychological disorders and evaluating therapeutic interventions along the way.

This course is an educational resource, not a therapeutic tool. If you are feeling distressed, in a state of despair or suicidal, it’s important to tell someone. Visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention to find Crisis Centres around the world. We do not provide a treatment service or advice for those in crisis.

This microcredential meets the standards set by the Common Microcredential Framework.


Courses under this program:
Course 1: Impact of Trauma on Mental Health
-Psychological wellbeing related to traumatic experiences is explored to enhance understanding of distress reactions.

Taught by

Laura Sharp

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