Working With Children Who Have Experienced Trauma

Understanding how trauma impacts children, how this presents and how professionals can support children who have been impacted.


Course breakdown

  10 hours on-demand video material and 10 hours offline learning

  Online tutor moderation

  Downloadable articles and resources

  Access on mobile and desktop

 Course Approved for the Department of Education and Skills EPV Summer Course Certificate 2024

  Full access to the course

Course Goals:

Obtain awareness of how the brain & body respond to traumatic events

Understand the key psychological components of trauma and how it’s easily misdiagnosed

Become equipped with effective exercises that can safely and easily be implemented

Become familiar with the neurobiology of trauma responses in children

This course comes highly recommended as a Summer Course for teachers and has been coined "the most fundamental psychology course for anyone working with children - it needs to be mandatory".

Mental Health

The Impact on Children and Education

According to Mental Health Ireland (2019), one in every ten children in Ireland suffers from mental health difficulties, particularly anxiety and depression.

Suicide and self-harm rates in Ireland are among the highest in Europe and the numbers are increasing year on year. At the same time, we have longer waiting times for access to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services so many children and their families have to manage their issues without appropriate intervention. This often leads to mayhem within classrooms where children act out their emotions and interfere with the learning of others, leaving teachers and support staff feeling ill-equipped to manage the situation.

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”

Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa

Equipping Teachers & Caregivers

To support children's mental heatlh

Working with children from the perspective of understanding their experience, no matter what the trauma was, means that teachers can provide a quality of teaching that is unparalleled in terms of contributing to a long-lasting impact. For those in the education sector, tailoring lesson plans to be more empathetic and responsive to the needs of the child means that they will be more engaged and therefore want to learn more. This is an intrinsically valuable tool because research shows how education and knowledge can be a buffer for trauma in children and is likely to lead to better outcomes, despite their background. The leadership within education settings must incorporate a trauma-informed perspective and this has to begin somewhere.

After participants engage in this course, they will be equipped with the knowledge of how to work with and appreciate the complexities of children who have experienced trauma, and they can then share this knowledge. This means that the leadership in their workplace can implement this innovative ethos with all staff, thus improving the lives of so many more children.

This course is ten hours of audio content, visual content and assessment in total, and there are ten hours of recommended reading and resources for you to further develop your own learning.

Course Dates


July 1st - 13th 2024


July 15th - 26th 2024


August 1st - 16th 2024

Meet Your Instructor

Lorraine Lynch is CEO and Founder of the Child Psychology Institute. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychological Studies and English, a Higher Diploma in Psychology and a Masters of Science in Health Psychology. Lorraine is also the author of two books designed to promote children’s wellness – #100happydays4kids and Closing Saor’s Day. She is currently completing her thesis for her Professional Doctorate in Health Psychology.

It is essential that children meet adults who are responsive and understand how a child’s mind works so that they can truly blossom into happy successful adults.”

Course Aims

  • Understand the key psychological component of trauma
  • Be able to identify the different types of trauma
  • Be aware of the symptoms of trauma in a typical child
  • Know the neurobiology of trauma
  • Have a good understanding of how the brain responds to trauma
  • Have an awareness of how the body responds to trauma
  • Appreciate the immediate & long-term effects of PTSD on a child
  • Understand the importance of appropriate therapy for the traumatised child
  • Know hoto supporchildren who havexperienced trauma
  • Be introduced to effective exercises that can safely and easily be implemented


Each course is divided into three groups that are running on the following dates:

  • Group One: July 1st – 13th 2024
  • Group Two: July 15th – 26th 2024
  • Group Three: August 1st – 16th 2024

The course starts and ends on each of the above dates. It is a completely self-paced online course – you decide when you complete tasks within your chosen course’s dates!

Yes, all work is monitored by our e-tutor team, which means that you will receive feedback and you will be notified if more detail is required.

All of our EPV Summer Courses are just €99 per course. Pay just €175 for two courses or €250 for three!

Just add the course and the date to your cart and the discount will automatically be applied. Remember, as per DES guidelines, you cannot complete two courses in the same time-frame.

Our primary focus is on you learning and then supporting children with their emotional wellness. As a result, we place value on reflective learning. You’ll be asked to discuss your own understanding and experiences, as well as brief summaries of important topics. All assignments are less than 500 words.

We are obsessed with children’s wellness and our mission is to impart as much knowledge as we can on to the people who matter – the teachers and SNAs who are guiding, supporting and shaping our children every single day.

All of our courses have been developed with the most current research in the area of health and educational psychology. Students who have completed courses with us in the past keep coming back for more. Why? Because our customers complete courses that are jam-packed full of meaningful information and effective strategies that really do create change, not just across classrooms, but across careers!

We will be in touch before your course starts with login instructions. For now, enjoy the last term of school and we’ll see you in July/August for some summer learning!