BCD702 - Effects of Stress, Trauma and Violence on Children's Learning

Outline info
Semester
School
Last revision date 2017-06-19 08:27:58.126
Last review date 2017-06-19 08:27:58.127


Subject Title
Effects of Stress, Trauma and Violence on Children's Learning

Subject Description
This course is designed for students to learn to identify children affected by stress, trauma and/or violence and to effectively support them. Students will learn about the signs and symptoms of stress and trauma and how stress, violence, and trauma affect children?s learning, cognitive brain development, and social-emotional development. The short and long term consequences of being exposed to stress, trauma, or violence, as well as the social and family causes, will be considered. Central to this course is the examination of resilience and the strategies that may be used to meet child and family needs.
 

Credit Status
BCD702 is a required subject in the Honours Bachelor of Child Development degree.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Upon successful completion of this subject, the student will be able to:
 

  1. Recognize the effects of stress, trauma, and violence on the daily lives of children in a variety of sociocultural-historical contexts.
  2. Examine mechanisms contributing to healthy brain development and social emotional well-being in children in a range of settings.
  3. Compare the effectiveness of strategies to promote resiliency in children and their caregivers using Reaching In Reaching Out (RIRO) principles.
  4. Analyze personal biases and their influences on one’s professional practice when working with families.
  5. Assess strategies and resources available at the individual, family, and community levels to support the well-being of all children.
 

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

Discrimination/Harassment
All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

Topic Outline

  • The process of learning with a focus on the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics
  • Six Core Strengths for Healthy Child Development
  • Sources of stress and trauma, including exposure to violence, for children, families, and communities  
  • Effects of toxic stress on brain development and social emotional well-being within the learning context
  • Posttraumatic stress in children and family members
  • Cultural competence and resilience
  • The role of the professional in supporting children experiencing stress, trauma, and violence
    • RIRO training
    • Ecological fit
    • Trauma sensitive environments

Mode of Instruction

  • Collaborative discussions
  • Interactive media-rich lectures
  • Small group activities
  • Wed-based interactions
  • Presentations
  • Case Studies

Prescribed Texts
Perry, B. D., & Szalavitz, M. (2017). The boy who was raised as a dog: And other stories from a child psychiatrist’s notebook. (3rd edition) Philadelphia, PA: Basic Books.

Pearson, J., & Hall, D. (2016). RIRO (Reaching IN... Reaching OUT) workbooks: Adult skills training & child applications. Toronto, ON: First Folio Resource Group Inc.

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
OR
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.


Modes of Evaluation
Comparative Analysis                     40%
Group Presentation                        30%
Reflection                                      30%
 
Creating a Climate of Respect
Building knowledge collaboratively (social constructivism) is the theoretical cornerstone of the BCD program. To be consistent with this philosophy, the program supports the creation of a culture of respect and collegiality among faculty, students, and staff. We rely on all participants to demonstrate respect by keeping appointments, being on time for classes, listening to the diverse perspectives of others, and being clear and sensitive in communication.
 
Confidentiality
Personal information is often shared in classes. Students are required to keep this information confidential. For assignments, classroom discussions, and other learning situations, you must protect the identity of the people and settings you mention and circumstances related by other students and/or staff.
 
Preparing Assignments
It is assumed that all work will be of professional quality. Unless your professor states that work may be submitted by a group, you are expected to prepare your own work for evaluation. All assignments must be word-processed in APA* format. Any student’s work containing numerous spelling, typographical or grammatical errors will result in the loss of marks. Work that is illegible will be returned ungraded and zero (0) marks will be earned.
 
Assignment Policies
It is the student’s responsibility to deliver assignments to faculty members. Most assignments require submission via Blackboard through Safe Assign using a file format specified by your instructor. Students are not permitted to fax copies of assignments and email should only be used for assignments under special circumstances and with prior consent of the professor.
 
In many of the courses in the BCD program, there will be group assignments. It is the student’s responsibility to inform the professor well in advance if there are difficulties within the group that prevent members from working in a cohesive, respectful, and collaborative manner.
 
Please note: It is the student’s responsibility to keep copies (assignments, etc.) used for evaluation purposes.
 
Due Dates and Extensions
Due dates for assignments and other evaluation procedures for each subject are set in class.
 
Requests for extensions must be made to the professor before the due date. Many professors require written requests and approval forms for extensions.
 
When an assignment grade has been reduced to an “F” because of late submission, the “F” grade will be used to calculate the final subject grade but will not prevent the student from passing the subject. The final grade will be based on the combined weighted total of all course evaluations.
 
The last day to submit a late assignment is the last day of classes for that subject. Some professors require that assignment be handed in during the last scheduled class.
 
Unless an extension has already been approved by the professor, assignments received after the final day of a subject will receive 0 marks.
 
Grading
In the BCD program, there is no option to re-write an assignment when the grade earned is an “F” (below 50%). The final course grade will be based on the combined weighted total of all course evaluations.
 
As a student at Seneca College, you are expected to read the College Academic Policy, College Student Handbook, and the BCD Student Handbook. Please note: The information contained in the Academic Policy and Student Handbooks is very important.

Approved by: Sandra Noble