Trauma, Neuroscience and Adolescence

  • Certification: IICP will issue a CPD Certificate of Attendance. CPD: 6 hours

  • QQI: N/A

  • Cost: €95.00 (15% Discount for IICP Students/ Alumni and VCS Counsellors)

    • NOTE: Summer Series Special Offer – Book any two workshops and get a third free (cannot be used in conjunction with alumni discount)
  • Date: Sunday 23rd July 2023

  • Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm

  • Delivery: Onsite in our Tallaght Campus


Exposure to trauma or series of chronic traumatic events activates the body’s biological stress response systems, which in turn can impact on psychological functioning. Trauma can have long term and extremely negative impact on the lived experience of adolescents. As research reports that trauma does indeed have a massive impact on the developing brain, this workshop will be invaluable for therapists working with adolescence who have experienced emotional or psychological trauma in their early lives. This workshop will support you in examining how trauma and neuroscience can inform clinical practice with this client cohort.

Course Content:

In this one day introductory workshop, participants will study:

  • Brain development from birth to adolescence.
  • The impact of trauma on development and the developing brain.
  • The adolescent brain, the myth of raging hormones, the importance of the social brain in adolescence.
  • Ideas to provide a neuro-sequential therapeutic experience for adolescents.


  • Sunday 23rd July 2023, 9:30am – 4:30pm

Who Should Apply:

  • This course is suited for Counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists and therapists-in-training who are working in or want to learn more about the subject area.


  • €95.00 (15% Discount for IICP Students/ Alumni and VCS Counsellors)
  • This course is part of IICP’s Summer Series and eligible for our 3 for 2 offer so book any two summer series workshops and get a third one free!

    • Note: The discount for IICP Students / Alumni and VCS Counsellors cannot be used in conjunction with the 3 for 2 offer.


  • This workshop will take place onsite in our Tallaght Campus.

Getting Started

Applications to this course are done online using the link below. If you have any queries, please contact the office on 01 4664205 or call Triona on 086 0499154.

Simply click the below button to be brought to our online application process. When prompted, please select ‘Summer Series’, then select ‘Trauma, Neuroscience & Adolescence July 2023′ and complete the form.

Online Application Form

Why attend this CPD Course?

  • Increase your understanding of Trauma, Neuroscience and Adolescence
  • Develop an understanding of working with adolescence coping with Trauma

  • Excellent Facilitator – experienced, engaging and knowledgeable

About the Programme Facilitator

John Searson MSc.
John Searson MSc.M.I.A.C.P., M.I.A.H.I.P., I.C.P.
John Searson MSc, has long had an interest in people and relationships. Curious about the dynamics between people and what each of us brings to a relationship, he trained as a psychotherapist from the Institute of Creative Counselling and Psychotherapy, Dun Laoghaire. John has also furthered his studies in working with adolescents, trauma, neuro-psychotherapy, sand play, complicated grief, child safety, self-harm behaviours and suicidology. John is also a lecturer in post grad psychotherapy degree and masters programmes.