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Welcome to the team

The Trauma Education team are Denise McNaughton (Project Co-ordinator), seven Trauma Education Officers who are Grainne McKenna (Citizen Education), Isabel Stewart, Paul Gallagher, Tracy Adams, Christine Hughes,  Sheila Lavery and Tracy Wilson and a group of educational staff that work on a sessional basis.  The staff have a combined background in community education, trauma and addiction, community relations training and research.

Trauma Education is co-ordinated by a sub-group under the leadership of Marianne Moutray.  Marianne was Director of Education at the School of Nursing and Midwifery Queen’s University, Belfast.

The team is enhanced by a network of experienced practitioners and facilitators who deliver programmes within their field of expertise, for example, ‘the impact of trauma on the body’, ‘intergenerational trauma’, ‘trauma and addiction’ amongst others.

WAVE Trauma Education have developed a variety of accredited training courses in the field of trauma, loss and growth.  Much of the training has been influenced by over 29 years of service to those who have been bereaved, traumatised and/or injured through The Troubles in Northern Ireland and along the border counties.  Whilst courses are made available to all on a ‘first come first serve’ basis, essentially they have greater appeal to first responders working in the community, and to agencies impacted by the legacy of conflict in Northern Ireland and beyond.

In more recent years the range of courses on offer has been widened to include, ‘compassion fatigue’, ‘vicarious trauma’ and ‘trauma and attachment difficulties’.  WAVE Trauma Education have created a learning pathway that is unique on the island of Ireland.

Marianne Moutray,

Mariane was Director of Education at the School of Nursing and Midwifery Queens University, Belfast.

Our training pathway consists of five progressive strands

Strand One:

Community Education

Community Education Open Learning, Queen’s University Belfast accredited courses.

Strand One consists of community orientated trauma focused courses which enable society within Northern Ireland to deal with the legacy of a violent past. The strand works from local to international research which is important in challenging insular views and acknowledging the wider world that we live in. All courses are accredited at degree level.

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Strand Two:

Undergraduate Studies

BSc Hons in Psychological Trauma Studies in partnership with the School of Nursing & Midwifery, Queen’s University Belfast.

Strand Two focuses on giving individuals the opportunity to gain a Degree qualification in Psychological Trauma Studies. This four year part-time programme seeks to deepen and widen the appreciation of the effects of psychological trauma but also puts it more firmly in the context of surviving violent political conflict and of dealing with the past.

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Strand Three:

Postgraduate Studies

Online Postgraduate Diploma in Psychological Trauma Studies in partnership with University College, Cork.

Strand Three focuses on giving individuals the opportunity to gain a postgraduate qualification in Psychological Trauma Studies. This online programme was developed to provide academically grounded but professionally informed education to relevant stakeholders.

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Strand Four:

Citizen Education

Health and Wellbeing Engagement Specialist training in partnership with WAVE Citizen Trainers and Third Level Education.

Strand Four is unique in that it involves victims and survivors as citizen trainers delivering tutorials to help students better understand the long term effects of The Troubles on individuals, families and communities. Understanding the context of what happened to people should lead to more effective care delivery to those most affected by/damaged by The Troubles.


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Strand Five:

Bespoke Psycho- education

Bespoke Psychoeducation & Training.

Strand Five is workshop based trauma-focused education. These workshops are designed to meet the needs of those who want to learn more about trauma and the impact of violent conflict.

Workshops are delivered on themes such as addiction, PTSD, treatment of psychological trauma and traumatic grief and loss.

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