Trauma Informed Practice

The purpose of this training is to start a conversation about how trauma and adversity affects and has affected those who use the services we provide and the appropriate responses we can implement and offer; to reflect on how others’ trauma experiences may affect those of us providing services – vicarious trauma and; to examine how we, as professionals, volunteers and peer workers, can embrace a trauma informed approach, including self-care, within our practice. The programme can be delivered live on Zoom.

Members of The Psychological Society of Ireland and The Addiction Counsellors of Ireland can receive learning credits/CPD points for completing this workshop.


“The course was delivered very professionally with a great balance of participants’ involvement and input and humour used by the trainer. I also felt that the self-care element was important and worked well.  I felt the course was very effective and would not change anything."

Matt Cunningham, Addiction Response Crumlin, April 2022


"The course worked well online, I felt it was good amount of people on screen so wasn’t overcrowded and everyone had opportunity to speak. Overall, I felt the training was excellent, it worked well online, the content was very clear and user friendly. The trainer was very knowledgeable and used his own experience throughout which I found very helpful."

Niamh McDaid, Development Officer, Alcohol Forum, March 2022


“The trainer kept it very interesting and the workshop was delivered in a very calm and relaxed atmosphere. The break out rooms were very good with lots of interaction from other workers around trauma. I found this was a great learning curve for me. The ACEs questionnaire and Self Care questionnaire were very good and something I will use in my practice going forward.”

Mark Molloy, Youth Justice Worker, SMART Project, March 2022

Programme Duration

Two days.

Programme Aims

  • To examine the challenge of trauma and why there is a relative silence and discomfort about this issue
  • To begin to arm ourselves with approaches assisting how we might respond as trauma-informed practitioners - both in practical terms and in terms of encouraging agency responses, bearing in mind that trauma informed training requires a longer process than one day.
  • To name and explore the connections between alcohol/drug use and trauma and to examine what we already know about these links

Programme Content

Introduction & Focus  

Trauma Informed Care & Trauma Informed Principles 

Conversation about language, counselling models and Practice 

Vicarious Trauma, Self-care and Post-traumatic Growth and Resilience

Addiction and Trauma

Learning Outcomes

  • Increased understanding of Trauma
  • Greater awareness of presence of Trauma in participant's workplace
  • Better self-care awareness
  • Increased understanding of relationship between Trauma and Addiction 

Connect with Your Trainer

The Learning Curve Institute offers a unique post course support system whereby participants are provided with the contact details of the trainer and are free to contact him/her with any questions they may have. 

People like what we do

"Great experience and thoroughly informative, group discussion very useful when discussing systemic trauma informed practice in particular.  Tutor excellent". 

Grace Power, February 2019

Programme Certification

eCertificate in Trauma informed Practice from The Learning Curve Institute.