PSY316 Psychology of Stress and Trauma (8)

This subject considers the common stresses that pervade everyday life. It offers a detailed understanding of the stress concept and practical techniques and suggestions for managing stress. This subject also deals with trauma and the psychological and social consequences that typically follow such catastrophes. Intervention and treatment strategies that can be offered at various stages after trauma are addressed. Systemic and direct care issues are covered. The impact of trauma on emergency and service personnel and on psychosocial helpers is covered. Students should note that this subject does not contribute to an Australian Psychological Society accredited major in psychology.


Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PSY316. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Psychology


( PSY111 or PSY102 ) and PSY214

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • understand the concept of stress in everyday life
  • understand the physical and psychological effects of stress
  • understand techniques for managing everyday stress
  • understand the nature of trauma and the psychosocial effects of trauma
  • understand posttraumatic stress disorder and treatment interventions available for victims
  • appreciate systemic and practical considerations in delivering interventions following trauma
  • understand the impact of trauma on emergency and service personnel and on psychosocial helpers
  • understand approaches for managing stress and trauma associated with emergency service work


This subject will cover the following topics:

* Stress and its effects * Managing stress * Trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder * Understanding technological disaster and terrorism * Treating post-traumatic stress * Crisis intervention * Psychological well-being of disaster workers

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of PSY316 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Stress journal
Journal reflection

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.