London, United Kingdom

The Impact of Trauma on Mental Health

when 21 July 2024 - 11 August 2024
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 EC
fee GBP 2415

This course analyses the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on mental health in society. There have been consequences of the pandemic for mental health in the human population. Considering the potential scale of this problem, there is growing need for medicine to integrate knowledge from related subjects, such as psychology, criminology, psychotherapy and neuroscience, to precisely understand the mechanisms of ill health. This summer school brings together the discoveries of science with the life stories behind diagnoses to clarify the mechanisms that drive mental health symptoms. In the book, The Myth of Normal, Dr Gabor Maté makes the claim that society is built on a hidden assumption of generational trauma. Trauma disrupts the connection between mind and body. This psychophysiological problem can be diagnosed by doctors as physical and mental health conditions. While diagnostic labels help individuals understand mental health problems to an extent, the individual remains a member of society and its many challenges. Therefore, this summer school draws upon research taking place at the Wolfson Institute of Population Health to understand resilience in the context of different challenges, such as adolescence, socioeconomic deprivation and war. The module illustrates the mechanisms by which life experiences impact the mind, including the impact of the pandemic on the disconnect between mind and body

Course leader

Dr Robert Blakely

Target group


Course aim

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Course aims
The module will provide an introduction to the mental health impact of trauma. Students will critically evaluate psychological theories and empirical evidence regarding the:

relationship between various life experiences and mental health symptoms.
cognitive, affective and physiological mechanisms by which life experiences impact mental health.
implications of trauma for the effective treatment of mental health conditions.
implications of trauma for social policies, including criminal justice and public health policies.
implications of trauma for building resilience in the mind and the community.

Credits info

7.5 EC
7.5 ECTS
You will study one course per Queen Mary Summer School session. Each course is worth 15 Queen Mary credits.

Usually, the 15 credits we award for each three-week Queen Mary Summer School session translate to 3–4 credits in the US system and 7.5 ECTS in the European system.

Your home institution should confirm if they will grant credit for Summer School courses. Whilst we will do everything we can to support you throughout the Summer School application process, it's your responsibility to check with your home institution if you can transfer credit from the Summer School prior to arriving at Queen Mary.

Fee info

GBP 2415: The Queen Mary Summer School costs: £2,415 per session.
We are offering a 10% early bird discount for those who apply before 31 March 2024.
From 31 March onwards we will offer a 10% discount to:
• Students and staff from partner institutions
• Alumni
• Current Queen Mary students
On campus accommodation will cost approximately £964 per session.
Additional costs and course excursions
Please note that some courses have some additional fees not included in the tuition fee. These fees are for activities and field trips that may take place away from our campus. We will give further details of these costs in due course.
Please note there is no deposit payment required for the Queen Mary Summer School.


There are no scholarships available for this course.