Remote Learning: Trauma Informed Practice workshop

The purpose of this two day remote 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.

This workshop will be delivered live on Zoom: The course will allow you to interact with your trainer and other participants in a virtual classroom where, in addition to the workshop content, there will be time built in for live discussions, question & answer sessions and skills practice. You can access the course wherever you have an internet connection; on a desktop, tablet or even a smartphone.

Participants should have some work experience.  Suitable for: Therapists and Counsellors (please note: this is not designed for experienced therapists) and those working in Social Care, Youth and Family Care, Nursing Practitioners, Addiction Services and Homeless Agencies.

Members of The Psychological Society of Ireland and The Addiction Counsellors of Ireland can earn Learning credits/CPD points for participating in the workshop.


“I am not a fan of online learning  and would much prefer face to face presentation and participant contact, however Gary managed the remote aspect particularly well to provide the most enjoyable and effective online presentation that I have experienced during the current circumstances. Course content and delivery was excellent - well focused and fully explained.  I also enjoyed the networking and sharing of experiences afforded by the breakout sessions when participants had an opportunity to further explore the material presented.”

Gerard Roe, Drug Education & Prevention Worker, Crosscare Bray Youth Service
April 2021
"I found the course delivery on zoom to be a very pleasant experience. I felt the facilitator was able to create a very safe space for participants despite it being on line. He was able to hold the group and read the groups' needs very well  and supported the group to reflect and share in a very safe way. Facilitator's tone of voice and his ability to name what was happening each step of the way was very reassuring".
Catherine Boonstra, Co ordinator Naas Child & Family Project
November 2020

"This was my first time completing a course like this, so I felt that it was delivered very well and I have learnt so much from it."

Jennifer O'Rourke, Merchants Quay Ireland
November 2020

Programme Duration

Two days.

About the Course

This programme is designed to start a conversation about how trauma and adversity affects and has affected those we work with 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.

Programme Content

Participants will receive an emailed copy of the presentation, other supporting documents and links to relevant literature by email which will enable them to develop their understanding of Trauma Informed Practice appropriate to this level. In each session participants will have the opportunity to observe and participate in role-plays and discussions via Zoom.

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 and vicarious trauma
  • An awareness of the 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 two days
  • Increased awareness of Trauma Informed Care & Trauma Informed Principles 
  • Greater awareness of the presence of trauma in participant's workplace
  • Better self-care awareness
  • Increased understanding of the relationship between trauma and addiction 

Connect with Your Trainer

Where appropriate, The Learning Curve Institute will also distribute a unique pre-course questionnaire to each participant in order to ensure the training meets the needs of everyone taking part and is tailored to a suitable level, while also covering specific situations or scenarios as highlighted by the group.

The Learning Curve Institute also offers a bespoke 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.

Programme Certification

All participants will receive a Certificate of Completion in “Trauma Informed Practice” from The Learning Curve Institute.

People like what we do

"This is the first Trauma Informed Practice training that I've participated in, I feared it would be totally addiction-focused, it wasn't. I found it very well presented, informative and enjoyable."

Pam Bergin, February 2019

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

Grace Power, February 2019