Courses & Units

Adjustment To Change KHA507


This unit explores current thinking and strategies around dealing with issues of adjustment to change. That change includes changes involving loss, grief and trauma. Death and bereavement will be addressed including dealing with grief as a natural process and with more complicated grief. Non-death losses are also addressed such as divorce, unemployment, disability, chronic illness, infertility, and aging. The second half of the unit will also look at the serious change that trauma can bring - common trauma responses, post-traumatic stress, large scale trauma such as natural disasters, and some models for effective treatment of trauma.


Unit name Adjustment To Change
Unit code KHA507
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Psychological Sciences
Discipline Psychology
Coordinator Doctor Amy Washington
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and articulate the challenges of coping with life events and the diversity and variability of experiences of change, loss, grief, trauma and the meanings attached to them.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of key theories related to change, loss, grief or trauma.
  • Respond constructively to the change experiences of others through the application of the understandings gained in Learning Outcomes 1 and 2.
  • Identify and articulate key themes in the understanding of the nature of trauma and of trauma responses and its assessment.
  • Assess and intervene appropriately in the aftermath of the experience of trauma.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
$1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,522.00

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Teaching Pattern

Students enrolled in on-campus availabilities for this unit please note that the teaching pattern for this unit is currently under review and subject to approval by the College. The final teaching pattern is expected to incorporate face to face workshops supported by online resources.

AssessmentChange Case Scenario. (40%)|Trauma Case Scenario (40%)|Discussion Board Participation. (20%)
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