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Level 5 Diploma Trauma Informed Practice Counselling

Subject Area


Student Type


Study Mode

Part Time

Course Type

Professional Studies

What is the course about?

This one-year part-time qualification will provide you with the necessary knowledge, skills, and competencies to work as a Trauma Informed Counsellor.

Why should I choose the course?

This course is designed to lead to an employed or voluntary role in a counselling agency within both healthcare and non-medical settings. The course is delivered over 4 hours a week for 1 year.

What will I learn?

The course involves experiential elements and learning that will involve some personal disclosure and associated personal development activities.Working ethically, safely, and professionally as a trauma informed counsellor.

Supporting qualified counsellors to recognise, assess and work with trauma more effectively in their clinical practice, including single, complex, and developmental trauma, and the effect of attachment injury. Students will be taught a range of trauma theory and associated skills based on the three-phase trauma model. The course will provide opportunities to learn and develop skills using an integrative model of trauma, including working somatically and with dissociation.

Additional themes covered in the course will be;

  • neurobiology
  • attachment theory
  • flashbacks
  • inner child work
  • symptom reduction
  • shame and guilt
  • shadow work
  • mindfulness and meditation

What will the course lead on to?

Successful completion of this course will allow you to work ethically and competently with clients presenting with Trauma in employed and self-employed work.

What support is available?

We have a team of staff dedicated to providing learning support if it is required and a welfare team that are on hand to offer guidance, support and help when needed. Additionally, eligible students can access a wide range of finance and funding support to help them during their time at college. For further information on student support please visit:

Why should I choose to study the course at Warrington & Vale Royal College?

The college offers a range of flexible learning opportunities to students. Professional qualifications are delivered through digital virtual learning environments and digital learning tools. Our tutors are highly experienced and skilled in their specialist professional sectors and enhance the courses they teach on with their excellent industry links. Your counselling tutors are vastly experienced and currently work Trauma informed in private practice and employment. They will share client work confidentially for the purpose of your learning as both counsellors and clinical supervisors.

What are the entry requirements?

You must have obtained qualifications a level 4 Diploma in Counselling Skills, or a Foundation degree, or a BSc Hons Degree or Masters in Counselling

You must be at least 21 years of age to enrol on this course. In addition, you must not be in a current state of severe emotional difficulty or severe psychological confusion, and you must not be currently involved in substance misuse (there is a requirement to be two years’ post rehabilitation).

You need to be able to manage the level of academic work required and show a willingness to take responsibility for yourself. You must be able to respect others regardless of race, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.

You will also be required to submit a personal statement discussing your reasons for applying to this course along with a character reference. Furthermore, you will also need to have an interview to assess your eligibility.

What are my funding options?

For further information about funding, please contact our Learner Services Team on 01925 494400 or

Careers Information

Cheshire & Warrington IoT

Institutes of Technologies (IoTs) are a national network of partnerships between local colleges, universities, and leading employers. Winsford campus’ IoT specialises in healthcare and life sciences and houses a dedicated Health & Social Care Academy and a Life Sciences Academy featuring industry-standard equipment, specialist technologies, and a fully-equipped science laboratory.

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Starts Sep 2024

30 Weeks
Class Times
Warrington Campus
Adult Fee
16-18 Fee
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