Qualification : MICRO-CREDENTIAL (9)

Award Type and NFQ level : MICRO-CREDENTIAL

CAO/PAC code : MMC31

CAO Points :

Closing Date : 07 September 2024

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Approved Course: Learner Fee Subsidy

This micro-credential is aimed at practitioners who are working in contexts where trauma is impacting on the individuals and communities they serve. The course explores the nature, prevalence and impact of trauma, drawing on the latest theory and research in the field. Content includes, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), attachment disruption, community adversity, intergenerational trauma and the conditions necessary for healing and resilience. 

Through discussion, reflective journalling and critical praxis, practitioners will develop an understanding of people’s lived experience through a trauma lens and explore the implications for trauma-informed education, care, or service design within their organisations. With a strong grounding in mindful compassion, the micro-credential also supports practitioners to develop their own self-care strategies to help protect against vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue.

Applicants should hold at a minimum a National Framework for Qualification Level 8 award 2.2 grade or an equivalent international qualification in a relevant discipline.

Experienced professionals with a minimum 3 years of documented relevant work experience are also eligible for admission. Applicants also have the opportunity to submit an application through the University's Recognition of Prior Learning process. 

Minimum English language requirements: for more information on the minimum English language requirements, please see link to Maynooth University's Micro-credentials Entry Requirements.

Education Department - Joe Oyler

Head of Department

Department of Education

Maija Salokangas

Head of Department

Department of Education


Department of Education

Department of ALL Institute

This micro-credential will be delivered on campus in Maynooth University on Wednesdays evenings, 5:00-8:30pm, over a six-week period. Next course delivery dates for 2024:

Sept 25, Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, Nov 6.

Course Duration: 6 weeks

There is increasing awareness, both in Ireland and internationally, of pervasiveness and detrimental impact of trauma and adversity, particularly that which occurs in childhood. As a result many human service sectors, including education, health care, social work and the justice system are interested in embedding trauma-informed practice into their organisations. 

This micro-credential will provide applicants with a deep understanding of trauma and its impacts, and empower them to lead trauma-informed service innovations bespoke to their particular sector and context. 

Professionals with these skills, values, and knowledge-bases are increasingly in demand.

The micro-credential is suitable for professionals across human-service sectors (e.g. health, education, social care, criminal justice) and will cater for new career entrants, mid-career professionals and senior managers and leaders.

Approved Course: Learner Fee Subsidy. For further information, please visit our webpage.

Online application only  

PAC Code MMC31 

Please upload the following documentation with your application. Failure to do so will delay your application being processed.

  • Valid passport/passport card OR birth certificate.
  • Marriage certificate (for students who wish to register in their married name).
  • Official university degree parchment or transcript (if applying with a qualification). In such cases, the transcript/parchment must include full name, name of the qualification, conferring date and name of awarding body.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) application form (if applying as a professional with relevant experience).
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