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  • Basic Introduction to Trauma: Introduction

    Trauma is the impact on a person of a distressing or disturbing experience, which can include both emotional and physical symptoms that affect a person’s day to day life in different ways. This course is an introduction to basic trauma. It introduces participants to the basics of trauma in human beings, including its causes, types and symptoms, including a study of trauma from war. By the end of the course, participants will have basic knowledge of the causes and consequences of trauma in humans. This course is useful for anyone who has experienced trauma, who has family or friends who have experienced trauma, or who works with individuals who have experienced trauma.

    Effort: This course will take approximately 4 hours of effort to complete including time spent on readings and videos.

    Level: Introductory

    Institution: University of British Columbia (UBC), Faculty of Education

    Cost: Free

    Subject: Psychology

    Available in the Following Languages: English, Dari/Farsi, Pashto

    Type: Self-paced

    Licensing: This course is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 CA.


    How It Works

    This is a self-paced course, which means the participant completes the course on their own, at times that suit them. However, it is recommended that you complete the entire course within 15 days from when you start. The course consists of information for you to read, view or listen to, to help you learn about the topic, as well as practice exercises and assignments. You are also asked to read the supplementary material provided. At the end, there is a short quiz to assess your learning, and the results of the quiz consists of your grade for the course. If you need any technical support, contact the course host:

    When you are finished with all the content on each page, click the arrow on the bottom right corner to move to the next page. There is a progress bar at the bottom that will show your progress in the course, as you move through each module. When you have completed the course, you will have the option to generate a certificate of completion for download.

    Learning Objectives

    By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

    • Understand and describe trauma in humans, including its common causes and symptoms or manifestations
    • Understand practical strategies and tips to help them manage experiences related to trauma, and support family members who may be experiencing the impact of trauma.


    This is a graded course where you will be required to complete exercises as well as one quiz. A minimum grade of 60% is required to pass this course. You may attempt the quiz up to three times. Those who receive a passing grade may be issued a certificate of completion.

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  • Basic Understanding of Human Trauma

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