This unit will explore the contemporary youth experience, particularly as it relates to the variety of factors that contribute to vulnerability. Students will be oriented to the theory that surrounds the construction of labels such as ‘at-risk’ and ‘marginalisation’. The unit will explore some dynamics that may take place where there are circumstances of trauma, abuse, mental health, or various challenges that can be associated with social, economic or cultural contexts. In addition to these foundational considerations, specific topics may also include domestic and social violence, bullying, suicide, self-harm, alcohol and other drugs, addictions, disabilities, poverty, homelessness, asylum seekers and refugees, ethnicity and migration and colonisation.
Rooted in a Christian worldview perspective these may be explored broadly and/or a few may be reviewed in depth. Using an understanding of ‘Imago Dei’ students are educated in providing support to young people experiencing a variety of traumas. Differing models of short term and long term engagement and intervention will be reviewed toward developing student awareness, skills and responsiveness.
+ Introduction – Being vulnerable
+ Identity, belonging and purpose
+ Understanding Trauma
+ Trauma and Risk
+ Trauma and attachment
+ Mental health
+ Suicide and non suicidal self injury
+ Family Violence
+ Types of interventions (CBT, SOLUTIONS)
+ Types of interventions (NARRATIVE)