Applied psychotraumatology for social workers

Continuing Education Course
  • Graduation:
  • Length of course:
    18 training units à 45 minutes, 2 days
  • Study places/year:
    15 (at least)
  • Language of instruction:
  • Seminar fee:
    EUR 280
  • Course instructor:
    DSA Mag. Elisabeth Weber-Schigutt
  • Location:
    St. Pölten UAS
  • Application:

In social work, we are increasingly confronted with clients who have been subjected to incidents of extraordinary stress or whose livelihood has been called into question overnight by external circumstances such as war, flight, accident, sudden death in the family or crimes. These profound experiences and mental wounds often lead to lasting consequences. Many of these clients are without therapeutic treatment and will perhaps never make use of such treatment; nevertheless, they come into contact and relationship with social workers in varying ways. Social work can thereby make an important contribution to stabilization and coping with deeply felt experiences.

Course contents

  • Psychotraumatology
    explanatory models | symptoms and history | risk and protective factors | reactions, coping strategies and disorders
  • Interventions
    stabilization techniques | information about trauma therapy (by specialized trauma therapists)
    • Self-care in social work

Course instructor

DSA Mag. Elisabeth Weber-Schigutt

Qualified social worker, lawyer, registered mediator for issues of civil right, training for applied psychotraumatology in counselling and pedagogics (trauma counsellor). Teaching at the NÖ Landesakademie and the St. Pölten UAS.