Course code: HE20558

Diploma of Trauma-Informed Care and Practice

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Overview About this course

The higher education Diploma of Trauma-Informed Care and Practice equips you with the skills and knowledge to understand and analyse the concepts of trauma and trauma-informed care. This course runs part-time over two years and provides you with the expertise to integrate trauma-informed principles into practical settings. It prepares you to work in positions of trauma-informed specialisation and to apply this framework to broader community services positions, which are currently in high demand.

This course prepares you to take actionable steps and advocate for approaches that facilitate the wellbeing of those with personal encounters of trauma. This includes working with children and young people who have experienced trauma, First Nations people and communities as well as those who have experienced domestic, family and sexual violence.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

    • Apply specialist communication, case management and counselling skills when working with individuals with complex needs
    • Implement trauma-informed approaches to care and practice in the workplace
    • Work with children and young people who have experienced trauma
    • Work with those who have experienced domestic, family and sexual violence
    • Work with First Nations people and communities that have experienced trauma
    • Consider alternatives that improve the application of trauma-informed principles in practice

Course outcomes

Develop specialist skills to gain an advantage in the job market

    • Graduate with a higher education diploma
    • The skills and knowledge to apply the trauma-informed framework to care and practice
    • The confidence to empower and care for those who have experienced trauma
    • Recognition of prior learning for the Bachelor of Community Services. 7 subjects studied in this diploma qualification will be recognised and credited towards the Bachelor of Community Services qualification, with a fee-deduction

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

You must demonstrate that you have achieved one of the following:

    • A NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) or its equivalent or
    • A Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation or its equivalent or
    • A completed certificate IV or higher vocational qualification or
    • Completion of at least one year full-time study or equivalent in a degree course at a higher education institution


    • Your certificates, transcripts and other entry requirement evidence must be certified through a Justice of the Peace or other authorising officer

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

    • A PC or laptop with reliable internet, video camera, microphone and headphones/speakers
    • A desire to support people and communities who have experienced trauma to heal and recover
    • Personal resilience and self-awareness to engage in challenging topics and the ability to manage your own emotions and responses
    • A commitment to social justice and addressing systemic issues that contribute to trauma as well as re-traumatisation due to inadequate or inappropriate service provision
    • A desire to build trauma-informed support services and a trauma-informed society

Important information

  • This qualification contains content, concepts and scenarios that may be distressing. Please consider your personal resilience and any potential emotional triggers when participating in this qualification and in any future employment in this field.

  • If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.

You do not require an ATAR score for entry into this course.

If you are unable to meet the entry requirements, you may be eligible for special admission.

Please continue with your application and you will be guided to identify as mature aged (at least 21 years old in your first year of study) or disadvantaged (disability, serious or chronic illness, interrupted education, lack of support for study, serious personal problems and/or serious family responsibilities). Please contact us to find out more.

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future career and study options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: community services worker, youth worker, family support worker, mental health worker, child protection worker, case manager/case worker.

Study pathways

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Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll achieve your qualification faster.

You can apply for recognition of prior learning for the Bachelor of Community Services. 7 subjects (70 credit points) studied in this diploma qualification will be recognised and credited towards the Bachelor of Community Services qualification, with a fee-deduction.

Subjects Subjects in this course

Completion of this course requires you to successfully complete 8 subjects (80 credit points) made up of 8 core subjects and 0 elective subjects.

Core Subjects

    Elective Subjects

      Note: Some courses offer the opportunity to choose subjects from the complete suite of Higher Education electives that are delivered by TAFE NSW. Once you’ve enrolled, contact your Course Coordinator to discuss tailoring your course to align with your interests and goals.

      TAFE NSW services Facilities and support

      TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

      • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

      • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

      • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

      • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

      • TAFE NSW Libraries

      • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

      • Read&Write literacy and study support software is available free for all TAFE NSW students to use while studying on campus and at home

      • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

      • Student associations – get social with our student community

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