Professional Certificate Working with Trauma

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Take this unique opportunity to engage in training and learning with some of Ireland's leading experts on the topic of Trauma


Professional Certificate Working with TraumaThis professional training course enables the counsellor to gain new insights into this arena and as our clients bravely present themselves into the therapeutic space we are often unaware of the trauma they bring with them.


Who is this course for?   

This professional training course enables the counsellor to gain new insights into this arena and as our clients bravely present themselves into the therapeutic space we are often unaware of the trauma they bring with them.  


What are the benefits of doing this course?  

In providing a broad range of themes, theories and addressing practical implications of working with trauma the participants will gain insight and ability to recognise and facilitate clients through the impact of trauma to a more integrated self. Day three and four will give participants frameworks to support their work and integrating new knowledge and theories into a model for working with trauma.  Day five will future expand new knowledge and experience through collaborative sharing.

Upon completion, participants will have gained comprehensive knowledge into the themes, theories and principles of trauma.  They will have an in-depth understanding of a recovery process which will facilitate their work with trauma which will increase confidence as practitioners.  Experiential aspects of this Certificate will allow participants to integrate theories into practice.


What will you learn? 

The five-day programme will allow participants to engage with the history of trauma and underlying symptoms of trauma.  Detailed insight is gained into the impact of the traumatic incident has on individuals and groups.  Participants can expect to look at the evidence supported principles of recovery and the evidence supported treatments available to trauma work. 

A strong focus will be placed on the participant’s knowledge and skills to provide a more informed confidence in working with trauma.  Concepts and frameworks to support practitioners to facilitate those struggling with symptoms of trauma will be available both formally and informally. 

Course Details




TIMETABLE: Saturday and Sunday from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm


AWARD: PCI College Professional Certificate Working with Trauma


VENUE: Live Online



DAY ONE: Introduction to the history, theories & treatments of Trauma

The initial day of the Certificate will trace the origins of the theories of trauma to current up to date research. Definitions, categories and responses to trauma will be outlined. Additionally, symptoms of trauma will be explored through the Biopsychosocial model. The day will include power point presentations, handouts and group discussion.

DAY TWO: Responding to & Recovery from Trauma

During the second day of the Certificate programme a presentation on critical incident responses supported by current best international best practice guidelines. There will be opportunity also on day two to observe role play by facilitator to trauma. The facilitator of day 2 Grainne Mooney has attended groups and individuals post critical incidents on a regular bases for nearly 15 years. Principles & themes of recovery, resilience and post trauma growth will be detailed. Triad work will allow participants to experience and observe in a safe space responding to clients with trauma. 

DAY THREE: Integrating principles of recovery into practice

Day three provides for adapting to trauma work from current practices. Detailed proposals of integrating aspects of Person Centred, Mindfulness, CBT and Psychodynamic modalities to meet the themes present in trauma. The day will also include group discussion on obstacles to recovery. The very important subject of impact on facilitators, self-care and compassion fatigue will be addressed. There is growing research and evident to support the presence of vicarious trauma through social media. There will be presentation to address this with secondary trauma. 

DAY FOUR: Working with individuals and groups a practical approach from an Irish perspective

Building previous days, day four will provide participants with an opportunity to extend and deepen their knowledge with an experienced practitioner and enable students to understand the process of working with individuals and groups. There will be case studies, role play, discussion groups and process learning. On completion of this training, participants will have relevant knowledge and skills to assist them in working with individuals and groups. 

DAY FIVE: Integration Day

Integration day provides a more informal learning environment. The day is less structured and facilitates open discussion and debate and participants are given the opportunity to outline and describe how they have integrated the learning from the four previous days and applied it to their practice. Through a process of creating, presenting and defence of conference poster (15 minutes) participants will have the opportunity to share their knowledge and engage with learning from their colleagues. Deference of posters will be to fellow participants and course facilitator who will assess this assignment. 



  • Attend all 5 days
  • Prepare a poster presentation, which will be presented on Day 5 and address the following: Theory, Case presentation, Reflexive Statement, Implication for Practice, References
  • Reflexive statement

Entry Requirements



Qualification in Counselling, Psychotherapy or other helping professionals with therapeutic experience.


Students currently in training (BSc Degree Year 2 onwards) will be considered, on the understanding that the Professional Certificate qualification cannot be used until they have qualified. 


IT SKILLS: Students require sufficient IT skills to complete the course.


Students can expect to be provided with advice and support concerning any learning difficulties that they may encounter. Any diagnosed learning difficulty, e.g. dyslexia, must be noted on the application.

Course Fees



Full Price: €730

PCI College Graduate*: €680

PCI College BSc/MSc Student & Alumni Member Discount Price: €630 - Join Alumni group on LinkedIn here to avail of discount.

*PCI College Graduate rate applies to BSc Degree and Postgraduate students only.




Applicants are invited to book online using the book now. Applications must be accompanied by the payment of the full course fee. Applicants are entitled to a refund if they decide to cancel within 14 days of receipt of their booking, and didn't participate on the course. Please note that the name used on your application needs to be the same name that you have on your passport.


Fees are non-refundable in all personal circumstances. The College makes every effort to avoid altering course times, course commencement and conclusion dates. However, should any changes be necessary, you will be notified at the earliest opportunity. All courses run subject to demand and the formation of a viable class cohort. A full refund will be given to all applicants in the event that the class does not proceed


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