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

Course Fact File
Duration16 weeks
Teaching ModePart-Time
NFQ LevelLevel 9
NFQ Award TitleSpecial Purpose Award
Fees€850 €500 for module 1 exam only students See Fees and Costs for full details.
Closing Date2 September 2024
Next IntakeOctober 2024


Start DateOctober 2024

Course Outline

This Certificate in Continuing Development in Trauma-informed Care is designed to meet the educational and professional skills needs for front-line practitioners in the integration of trauma-informed practices into their role 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 and living experience of trauma and effectively intervening with those that have experienced trauma across the life span. The programme is practice orientated and focuses on integrating trauma-informed practices through a practice framework that was developed by Dr Maria Lotty, entitled TARA (Trauma, Attachment, Resilience into Action) (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 the practice of 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.

Please see below an introductory video about the course. 

The Modules for the Certificate are as follows:

  • SS6806 Understanding Trauma-informed Care: Principles and Theory
  • SS6807 Application of Trauma-informed Care: Intervention and Practice

Course Practicalities

This programme is scheduled to run in academic year 2023/2024 as follows: 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.


The programme is assessed through 2 X 3000-word assignments. These are set at the end of each module.

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.

Interested parties with a qualification in teaching (Early Years, Primary and/or Secondary School) are advised to consider the CPD Certificate in Trauma-informed Practice in Education


  • 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 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 are required to sit either an IELTS test or a recognised equivalent test. The minimum requirement is an IELTS score of 6.5, or the equivalent TOEFL score with no individual section lower than 6.0. In addition to IELTS and TOEFL a number of English language tests & examinations are applicable to the majority of our programmes. Further information on English language requirements can be found at PG English Language Entry Requirements | UCC | University College Cork | Ireland 

Fees and Costs


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

How To Apply

To Apply for this course please follow the steps below:

When you log into the Application Portal:

Click Apply Online

Select Start a new Adult & Continuing Education Application 

On the 2nd tab Academic Level 
Select the following options:
Academic Level: Adult Continuing Education (ACE at UCC)
Course Type:  ACE Part-time Courses
Academic Programme: The course title you are applying for.

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] 



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