BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

PSYC-225 - Historical Trauma on First Nations People - 3.00 Credits

PSYC-225 - Historical Trauma on First Nations People - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
This course offers students theoretical and practical understandings of historical trauma, self-care planning; and exploration of holistic healing approaches. Understanding the primary trauma of colonization and subsequent cultural genocide of First Nations people, how it develops, and its impact on individual and family development through the cultural lens of endurance is central to the recovery and healing process of Indigenous nations. This course will cover topics that include: definitions of historical trauma; colonization and genocide; cultural perspectives of endurance; the impact of historical trauma on development; lateral violence; loss and grief; alcoholic families; shame; resiliency factors; cultural protectors; culturally sensitive interventions and compassion fatigue.
Part of the:
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • Indigenous Holistic Wellness and Addictions Diploma - IHWA Courses
  • Course offered:
  • Spring 2024 (January - April)
  • Spring 2025 (January - April)
  • Prerequisites : ADCT 102, or permission of instructor
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Master's Degree.
    Office Hours: 1.5 per week
    Contact Hours: 45
    Student Evaluation
    Assignments 50-70%, Final 30-50%, Total 100%. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:
  • develop a critical understanding of what constitutes historical trauma within their own lives and communities and be able to identify how this might impact their roles as helpers/healers;

  • explain the impact of colonialism on human development;

  • identify ways in which historical trauma affects safety, trust, wholeness and the building of a cultural knowledge base and value orientation that promotes life;

  • use their voice to articulate First Nations history as a means of decolonization and develop culturally congruent pathways to healing;

  • articulate a basic understanding of how to help self and others process and heal posttraumatic responses using cognitive, emotional, somatic, relational and spiritual integration of the past with the present, and discuss healing from a First Nation’s perspective based on wholeness;

  • identify and discuss meaningful ways to take care of self while helping others who are also on a healing journey from the impact of Historical Trauma;

  • promote the development of culturally sensitive approaches to counter the negative impact of Historical Trauma on a personal and professional level; and

  • identify ways to integrate resiliency factors and cultural protectors into daily living and the workplace.
  • Text and Materials: Duran, Eduardo. Healing the Soul Wound: Counseling with American Indians and Other Native Peoples. Current Edition. New York and London. Teacher’s College Press.
    Other Resources:
    Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
    Other Information:
    Current Course Offerings:
    DaysTimeStart DateEnd Date
    M,T,W,TH,F8:00AM - 5:00PM03 Mar 202423 Mar 2024
    DaysTimeStart DateEnd Date
    M,T,W,TH,F8:00AM - 5:00PM09 Mar 202529 Mar 2025