Trauma-informed Care for Children and Families: Principles, Theory and Practical Application

This CPD module is the first university based Trauma-informed Care module available in Ireland and is now open for its second intake at: following its successful pilot in January 2020.

Module Outline

The module introduces students to the ‘Trauma-informed Care’ approach as a response to addressing relational and developmental trauma in children and young people. The module focuses on both developing students understanding of the approach’s theoretical principles and application. The module examines the theoretical base of trauma-informed care in an accessible and applicable way with attention to the neurobiology of the stress response system, attachment trauma and resiliency theories. The module also supports students in application of the approach providing an introduction to trauma-informed care methods of intervention. The module also explores students critical thinking on the impact of ‘working with trauma’.

The module will take place over the following eight week dates from 6:30-9:30pm:

  • Tuesdays 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th September and  6th, 13th,20th, 27th October 2020

Who teaches this Module

This module is taught by Dr Maria Lotty (Alumnus of Schools of Applied Social Studies and Applied Psychology, UCC). Maria developed this module as a response to the findings of her doctoral research that found a gap in Trauma-informed Care education. Maria has 20 years professional front-line experience in working with children and families. She has worked mainly in foster care  but also in child protection, as a social care leader and youth worker both in Ireland and the UK. Maria is author of Fostering Connections: The Trauma-informed Foster Care Programme.

The module has been accredited for CDP by SCI (Social Care Ireland) and for 3 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) by NMBI (Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland) for registered nurses and registered midwives. CORU CPD points for social workers are determined by the student.

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