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QQI Level 8 Minor Award in Trauma Informed Therapy Studies (IICP)

QQI Level 8 Minor Award in Trauma Informed Therapy Studies (IICP) is a course run by IICP College, Dublin. It is a Blended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online course with a duration of Sunday Block Option or Friday Block Option. QQI Level 8 Minor Award in Trauma Informed Therapy Studies (IICP) gives a Course Qualification of Award / Certificate, awarded by QQI. For more information about QQI Level 8 Minor Award in Trauma Informed Therapy Studies (IICP) at IICP College, please review the details below.


A recent national study into Trauma, PTSD and complex PTSD in the Republic of Ireland found that 82.3% of respondence had lifetime exposure to one or more traumatic events, with almost 68% reporting two or more traumatic events (Hyland et al, 2021). Likewise, in a global context, research has indicated that 70% of people have been exposed to a traumatic event (Benjet et al, 2015). The overwhelming evidence of the ubiquitous nature of trauma exposure tells us that mental help professionals need to be trauma informed.

Trauma informed therapy is a way of working with clients that recognises how traumatic experiences can impact on all domains of being across human development, including behavioural, physical, mental, emotional, spiritual. Trauma can impact relational styles, attachment styles, and both family systems and social structures, through the influences of culture and the environment. At the same time, human beings experience complex intrapersonal and interpersonal relational dynamics, childhood difficulties, as well as sociocultural and economic disadvantages that are problematic, but which are not traumatising. Therefore, the objective in training in Trauma Informed Practices is to understand what trauma is, and what it is not. The purpose of the IICP College Trauma Informed module is to support learners in increasing their understanding of trauma through theoretical knowledge, practice based experiential exercises, and group work.

Course Content

The aim is to help learners develop and evidence the ability to:

  • Critically evaluate the scientific research into trauma, adverse childhood experiences and trauma informed therapy;
  • Demonstrate a multi-disciplinary perspective of trauma, including physiology, psychology, neurobiology and sociological perspectives;
  • Conduct a trauma informed assessment in simulated practice under faculty supervision;
  • Critically consider the impact of social and cultural factors on trauma, and how this applies to clinical work; and
  • Evaluate the clinical implications of working with trauma in psychotherapy.

The indicative content for the module supports the evidencing of the learning outcomes and includes:

  • Prevalence & incidence of trauma
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
  • Dissociation
  • Physical, psychological and social impact of trauma
  • Neurobiology of exposure to trauma
  • Challenges faced by those with history of trauma
  • Evidence & trauma informed practice
  • Intergenerational Trauma
  • Phases of therapy with Trauma
  • Clinical implications of working with trauma
    • Recognising signs and symptoms of trauma
    • Establishing safety
    • Integrating knowledge about trauma into practice
    • Resisting re-traumatization
  • Trauma informed assessment
  • Trauma informed treatment

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Training ProviderIICP College
Course LocationTallaght, Dublin
Location PostcodeDublin 24
Course TypeBlended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online
Course QualificationAward / Certificate
Awarding BodyQQI
Awarding Body DetailsLevel 7 Minor Award Certificate in Suicide Postvention (QQI Validated)
Course Start Date19/01/2024
Course End Date03/03/2024
Course DurationSunday Block Option or Friday Block Option
Course Time2 Options available: Option 1 Friday 19 January 2024 - 10am - 5pm - Classroom Friday 26 January 2024 - 2pm - 5pm - Online Friday 01 March 2024 - 10am - 1pm - Classroom Friday 08 March 2024 - 2pm - 5pm - Online Friday 22 March 2024 - 2pm - 5pm - Classroom Friday 19 April 2024 - 10am - 5pm - Classroom Option 2 Sunday 14 January 2024 - 9.30am - 4.30pm - Classroom Sunday 28 Janaury 2024 - 9.30am - 4.30pm - Online Sunday 11 February 2024 - 9.30am - 4.30pm - Online Sunday 03 March 2024 - 9.30am - 4.30pm - Classroom
Course Fee€705. Deposit of €211.50 is required to secure a place on the course
Entry RequirementsApplicants will hold a Level 8 Degree in the helping professions (counselling, psychotherapy, social care, social work, psychology, psych nursing, mental health, addiction etc.). Those who hold a Level 7 Degree in the helping professions, plus appropriate relevant work experience may be eligible to apply under RPL.
Carear PathGraduates have set up in private practice, gained employment in a range of counselling services, and obtained roles in a variety of allied professions such as youth services, community services, residential services and addiction services.
Course CodeT12345
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