This course is designed to introduce and explore the range of traumatic experiences amoung Aboriginal peoples with attention given to the intersections of gender and social context.  Themes examined include: the meaning of trauma and traumatic events, assessment and intervention, gender and trauma, violence in the home, insidious, cultural, historical and contemporary traumas, witnessing testimony and recovery.  Vicarious trauma will be addressed along with vicarious resiliency and self care.  While this course examines theoretical approaches to trauma, emphasis will be placed on social context, gender and models of transformative intervention.