Two-Day Online Workshop on Developing your Trauma Toolkit

Comprehensive online workshop providing a thorough understanding of what trauma is and how to engage with it safely

Online Options Now Available For All Our Courses.

  • Certification: IICP will issue a CPD Certificate of Attendance. CPD: 12 hours

  • QQI: N/A

  • Cost: €180.00 (Reduced rate for IICP Students /Alumni and VCS Counsellors: €153.00)

  • Dates: Wednesday, 29 July and Thursday, 30 July 2020

  • Time: 9:30am – 4:30pm


“Everyone has a right to have a present and future that are not completely dominated and dictated by the past”- Karen Saakvitne. Working with the often confusing and challenging aspects of trauma can leave a therapist feeling baffled and de-skilled. Learning about some of the neurological aspect’s trauma holds is essential in terms of working effectively with trauma as are interventions that address these aspects. Drawing from two models of trauma work; the triune brain and polyvagal theory and taking a somatic approach this workshop will explore both features.

Course Content

  • Become aware of the key components of psychological trauma;
  • Be able to identify the many sources and symptoms of trauma;
  • Learn about the three phase/stage approach to working with it and the therapist’s role in each;
  • Understand the Fight/Flight/Freeze responses;
  • Gain an appreciation of trauma’s brain-body link & the relevance of a somatic/body-based approach to working with it;
  • Recognize some dynamics of attachment trauma;
  • Learn about the importance of regulation & how to use it in therapy;
  • Understand the importance of the therapeutic relationship & our role in it using a polyvagal lense
  • Learn some stage-specific practical skills and interventions

Online Classroom Delivery

Our online classes are run as tutorials, that involve students and their lecturer logging into our online portal Zoom™ simultaneously.

Zoom™ provides and integrative online environment for students and Lecturers to interact and engage in the learning. This platform facilitates discussion polls, sharing of slides, videos resources and much, much more.

To foster more intimate learning environments the use of breakout rooms is also implemented, allowing for the safe and experiential triadic learning practice that we have found so successful.

All of our sessions are accessible through computer and mobile devices and we have a structured and robust technology department to support all faculty and students through their online learning journey. To encourage flexibility, and ss best practice, we also record all our sessions, these are made accessible only to the students in that class to review content whenever is convenient to them!


  • Wednesday, 29 July and Thursday, 30 July 2020 – 9:30am – 4:30pm

Who Should Apply:

  • This workshop is for mental health practitioners who are working with/interested in working more with trauma. Psychotherapy students are very welcome, but it is advisable that students who have yet to start working with clients and therapists who have never worked with trauma should complete the ‘understanding trauma’ course first as assessment and evaluation as well as working safely with trauma are covered more extensively. It is also suitable for people who have completed the ‘understanding trauma’ workshop as exercises covering the three stages of trauma rather than just stage 1 will be provided and worked through.


  • The college will issue a certificate of attendance to those who take this workshop.
  • CPD: 12 hours


  • €180.00 (15% discount for IICP Students / Alumni and VCS Counsellors: €153.00)


Getting Started

Please note due to the current Covid -19 restrictions, our office team are working remotely. Therefore we would encourage you to apply online for speedy process of your application. Should you have any questions in relation to making your online application please contact Triona on 086-0499154.

  • Simply click the below button to be brought to our online application process. When prompted, please select ‘CPD courses Short Term’, then select ‘Two-Day Workshop on Developing your Trauma Toolkit’.
  • Click the below button to download an application form.
  • Email the completed application form to
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Why attend this CPD Course?

  • Helps practitioners to identify the many symptoms of trauma.

  • Understand the key components of psychological trauma with clients.

  • Hugely popular course with participants consistently providing positive feedback.

  • Excellent facilitator – hugely knowledgeable, engaging and dynamic.

About the Programme Facilitator

Patricia Allen-Garrett
Patricia Allen-GarrettIICP CPD Facilitator
Patricia Allen-Garrett, BSc (Hons) Psychology, Dip Counselling & Psychotherapy (MIAHIP, ECP).

Patricia works as a humanistic and integrative psychotherapist in private practice and in a community setting and is also engaged in groupwork with people who have attempted suicide or who are struggling with suicidal ideation.

She has been involved in the training of counsellors since 2008 and has particular interest in both trauma, bereavement and the psychology of happiness.