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Violence and Trauma Studies - Postgraduate Work in Preventing Violence and Creating Trauma Recovery

January 26, 2017 at 4:51 PM

Download the brochure here.

Since 2015 AUT University has offered postgraduate studies in Violence and Trauma with specialisms in Family Violence.

The course is designed for distance study and is suitable for practitioners currently in employment or considering working in a variety of fields where the misuse of power has disadvantaged others. The staff involved have strong foundations in decades of Family Violence work and study extends to fields related to family violence: drug and alcohol, probation, police, mental health, prison, refugee, women’s refuge, social work, counselling victims and offenders, accident and emergency, Maori health, and the military. All forms of harm and disrespect are considered. 

The approach taken is a problem solving one and we ask you to bring a specific violence or trauma problem that you have an interest in solving or improving. Theory, best practice, your experience, and creative applications are melded and tested for effectiveness. The course is not just about describing and theorising but given the growing prevalence of abuse this needs to be study to make a difference.

The course is part-time or full time and progresses from a Post Graduate Certificate to a Post Graduate Diploma and then to a Masters in Health Practice or Health Science (Violence and Trauma Studies). Study is both a block course in March and another in August and is supported by online processes and contact.  There are written assignments and there are no exams. You will need to have done some study at the undergraduate level.

Students complete: Papers from the Postgraduate Certificate of Health Science in Violence and Trauma Studies 

Theory and Principles of Violence and Trauma
Sem 1 + 2
Effective Practice in Violence and Trauma
Sem 2
Groups as Agents of Change

 Sem 1







They may then choose to complete the Post Graduate Diploma of Health Science in Violence and Trauma Studies by taking (AK3487) – 120 points

Resolving Conflict in Practice
Sem 2 (2015)
Practice Reality
Sem 1 – entirely online or 
Sem 2 entirely online
Integrative Research
Sem 1 Akoranga 
Sem 2 entirely online
Special Topic (Your chosen Issue of interest)
Sem 1,2 3



This leaves students well placed to complete a masters:

Master of Health Practice in Violence and Trauma Studies

(AK 3733) – 589600 Practice Project (Dissertation) – 60 points


Master of Health Science in Violence and Trauma Studies

(AK 3485) – 589690 Thesis – 120 points   

For further information visit:

Download paper information:

COMH801 Theory and Principles of Violence and Trauma
COMH802 Effective Practice in Violence and Trauma
COMH803 Groups as agents of change
COMH804 Resolving Conflict in Practice

Call staff on 09 9219999 ext 7729 to discuss options and possible study topics and focus.

Or contact

Debra Spinetto, Faculty PG Programmes Advisor
Phone: +64 9 921 9735

Student Information Centre

0800 AUT UNI (0800 288 864)

Category: Training