UCC Adult courses

Continuing Professional Development in Trauma-informed Care: Theory and Practice - Cert

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Continuing Professional Development in Trauma-informed Care: Theory and Practice

  • Code


  • College

    Adult Continuing Education, Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

  • Duration

    16 weeks

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications


  • NFQ Level

    Level 9

  • NFQ Award Title

    Special Purpose Award

  • Fees

    €850 €500 for module 1 exam only students See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    2nd September 2022

  • Next Intake

    October 2022

  • Venue


  • Start Date

    4th October 2022

Course Outline


This programme introduces practitioners to the Trauma-informed Care approach as a response to working with children, young people, adults and/or their families who have experienced trauma. The programme focuses on both developing practitioner’s understanding of the lived experience of trauma and effectively intervening with those that have experienced trauma across the life span. The programme is practice orientated and focuses on practicing Trauma-informed Care through a practice framework that was developed by Dr Maria Lotty published in 2021 (Ref. Lotty, M. (2021). Making Sense of the Practice of Trauma-informed Care: A Response to the need to implement Trauma-informed Care into front-line practice. The Irish Social Worker, Winter, 160-171). The programme examines the theoretical base of the practice of Trauma-informed Care in an accessible and applicable way with attention to the trauma, stress response system, polyvagal, attachment, mentalising and resiliency theories. The programme introduces students to the applications of the approach in their practice role providing an introduction to Trauma-informed Care methods of intervention. The programme also explores students’ critical thinking on the current debates about the implementation of the practice of Trauma-informed Care and the impact of vicarious trauma.


The CPD1717: Trauma-informed Care: Principles, theory and practical application module has been discontinued.

Students who wish to complete the Certificate in Continued Professional Development in Trauma-informed Care: Theory and practice that have completed the CPD1717 module within 5 years are eligible to join this programme in module 2 by completing and successfully passing a 3,000 word assignment on their learnings from the CPD1717 module.

Course Queries

For Academic Queries and Course Content Queries please contact the Programme Coordinator Maria Lotty at maria.lotty@ucc.ie. 

For Online Application Support please click here. 

If you require further assistance with your online application please contact the Programme Administrator Louise Fleming at l.fleming@ucc.ie. 


This programme is taught by Maria Lotty, B. Soc. Sc., MA/Dip SW, PhD. Maria has over 20 years of professional social work experience that reflects a comprehensive experience of working with children and families in assessment, therapeutic and project management roles. She is the author of the Fostering Connections: The Trauma-informed Foster Care Programme. She has developed this CPD Certificate Programme to support practitioners to develop their practice of Trauma-informed Care drawing from her PhD research and extensive front-line social work professional experience. Dr Maria Lotty’s research profile is available at this link: http://research.ucc.ie/profiles/T003/maria.lotty@ucc.ie


Course Practicalities

The programme will be delivered in a blended format, part-time on-line with 1.5 hours pre-recorded materials and 1.5 hours live lecture per week.

Live online sessions will be delivered on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:30pm as follows:

SS6806 Module 1:  4th, 11th, 18th, 25th October and 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th November 2022

SS6807 Module 2:  24th, 31st January, 7th,14th,21st, 28th February and 7th, 14th March 2023’ 


Each module is assessed by one 3,000 word assignment.  


Why Choose This Course

I absolutely loved this course.... I have increased my skillset and I have great confidence in this work and my ability to be a Trauma-informed Care champion

Michelle Murphy

Social Care Leader, 2022

Find Out More

This course is the only university based credit bearing CPD course in Ireland that offers practitioners the opportunity to enhance their understanding of the effects of trauma and introduce them to the application of the Trauma-informed Care approach into their practice. It introduces the theoretical framework that underpins the practice of Trauma-informed Care informed by Dr Maria Lotty’s research and extensive professional experience. The course aims to support the practitioners’ in developing an understanding of the theories and principles that underpin this approach and the methods of intervention. It supports practitioners to build a toolkit of resources to implement Trauma-informed Care in their specific role through extensive accompanying resource material. It also gives practitioners an opportunity to reflect on these concepts and how they impact on their professional and personal experience.

It is particularly relevant to those interested in and/or working with children, young people, adults and/or families in roles in health and social care such as social care leaders, childcare leaders, youth workers, social workers, community workers, family support workers, psychotherapists, residential care staff, and mental health professionals.


  • A level eight honours degree or equivalent qualification within a relevant field such as social work, psychology, social care, youth and community work, family support, psychotherapy, health care, education (early years/primary or secondary) or family support.
  • Applicants without an NFQ level 8 award are eligible to apply, subject to the approval of the programme Academic Director, if s/he can demonstrate at least three years’ professional experience in a related field – examples include (but are not restricted to) family support, therapeutic practice and community engagement work.
  • English Language Requirement: All applicants whose first language is not English must have attained IELTS Level 6 or the equivalent TOEFL score

Fees and Costs


€500 for module 1 exam only students

For further information on fees and financial supports please click here.

How Do I Apply

During your online application you will be required to upload the following documents:

  • Birth Cert or Passport
  • Passport Photograph 
  • Statement of Experience [template available for download during application]
  • English Language Test Report [if applicable]
  • Transcripts [if applicable]
  • 50% of the fees are also required to complete your application. 

Under Level Selection, please choose the following:

Academic Level: Adult Continuing Education

Course Type: ACE part-time course

Academic Programme: Continuing Professional Development in Trauma-informed Care: Theory and Practice- Certificate


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Contact details for this course

Year 1 Modules

  • SS6806: Understanding Trauma-informed Care: Principles and Theory (5 credits)
    Trauma-informed Care principles, contemporary theory and research, reflective enquiry and oral presentation.
  • SS6807: Application of Trauma-informed Care: Intervention and Practice (5 credits)
    Trauma-informed Care principles, contemporary methods of intervention, reflective enquiry, and oral presentation.

Year 2 Modules

Year 3 Modules

Year 4 Modules

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