Course Overview

The Trauma Associate Programme packages our integrated practice model, our whole-organisation approach, our more than twenty years of clinical, academic and practice expertise in the field of trauma-informed support – and embeds it directly into your organisation. 

Trauma Associates bring CALM’s holistic approach to learning and practice development directly into the heart of your organisation – ensuring the whole of your organisation is shaped by a trauma-informed response. 

CALM Trauma Associates develop in-depth knowledge of key conceptual, policy and practice issues enabling them to respond knowledgeably and sensitively to the needs of services, as well as concerns of colleagues and staff. An invaluable resource within any organisation, CALM Trauma Associates can not only train other organisational staff in the CALM Trauma Informed Practice Course, but can also support service design, best practice development and help establish an analytical focus on trauma-informed support throughout the many layers of any forward-thinking organisation. 

What can a CALM Associate bring to your organisation?

  • The ability to flexibly deliver the CALM Trauma Informed Practice Course* to train individuals/groups within their organisation 
  • The opportunity to have an internal trauma champion with a level of in-depth expertise available to advise, mentor and support local services where there are issues relating to trauma  
  • The opportunity to be part of a robust UK and international network of practitioners interested in transforming services to become trauma-informed  
  • The opportunity to have an internal resource which can be utilised to:   
  • Lead on the development of trauma informed practice  
  • Ensure that the CALM Trauma course integrates specific organisational values and policies  
  • Develop, deliver, and evaluate training strategy 

*Please note: This programme enables the CALM Trauma Associate to deliver the CALM Trauma Informed Practice Course, NOT the CALM Core Theory Course. 

The CALM Trauma Associate Programme Structure

The programme invites candidates to explore the key themes that underpin how CALM conceptualises trauma informed practice.   

6 Modules 

Each module has been structured around a specific topic, the approach to learning will include identified essential reading, online recorded PowerPoint presentations, work-based reflective practice and online tutorials. 

Assessments include written essays, reports and reflective accounts. Throughout the assessment process, participants will be required to examine their organisational context in relation to each topic and develop an outcome-focused report of recommendations. This recommendations report can be utilised within their organisation in their future role as a CALM Trauma Ambassador. 

Module 1
  • Understanding and Applying Conceptualisations of Trauma
Module 2
  •  Attunement, Attachment and Trauma 
Module 3
  • The Neurobiology of Trauma 
Module 4
  •  Impact of trauma on Individuals, Communities and Societies 
Module 5
  •  Implementing Trauma Informed Approaches 
Module 6
  • Trauma Informed Staff Support 

Options available for learners interested in undertaking the CALM Trauma Associate Programme

Standard Trauma Associate Programme

We have a standard non-credit rated programme which will be assessed by our marker team to the standard of SCQF 8 (Scotland)/CQF 5 (England). However, please note that no academic credits will be gained on completion of this programme. This non-credit rated option can be undertaken as: 

  • Our standard 1 Year Programme which runs over the course of approximately 10 months covering 1 module every 9 weeks. 


  • With our flexible option, you can complete each module at a pace that suits your organisation. With no fixed submission deadlines your Associate can complete each module at intervals that fit with their work commitments and personal circumstance. This option also allows you the flexibility to pay module by module rather that for all modules at one time. 
Credit-rated Trauma Associate Programme (Post Grad Cert Level)

The second available option is our credit rated programme which our marker team will assess at SCQF 11 (Scotland) /CQF 7 (England). On successful completion of this programme learners will have achieved 60 credit points at Post Graduate Certificate Level – SCQF 11 (Scotland) /CQF 7 (England). These credits will be recognised as one third of the Masters in Advanced Practice at Edinburgh Napier University.

Right for you?

Who is This Course For?

Education Services

Mainstream schools, ASN (Additional Support Needs) schools, SEN (Special Educational Needs) schools, SEBN (Social, Emotional, Behavioural Needs) 

CALM Core Theory Online is a whole sector approach that can benefit anyone working in Education Services. 

Roles: Pupil Support Assistants, Teachers, Catering and Facilities staff, Principal Teachers, Head Teachers, Class-room Assistants, Teaching Assistants, Special Needs Assistants, Early Childhood Educators, Educational Psychologists, anyone in a Learning and Development role, anyone in a supervisory or senior management role.   

Social Care

Residential Childcare, Supported Living, Housing Support Services, Respite Care, Day Supports 

CALM Core Theory Online is a whole sector approach that can benefit anyone working across the Social Care Sector. 

Roles: Support Assistants, Support Workers, Senior Support Workers, Team Leaders, Project Managers, Operational Managers, Social Workers, addiction workers, workers with homeless, anyone in an L & D role, anyone in a supervisory or senior management role.   

Health Services

Nursing Homes, in patient dementia and older adult services, adolescent and young people in patient settings, Addiction services, Homeless services, forensic services 

CALM Core Theory Online is a whole sector approach that can benefit anyone working in Health Services. 

Roles: Health Care Assistants, Registered Nurses, Doctors, addiction workers, project workers, Reception/Admin staff, Community Health staff, Multi-disciplinary roles such as Speech and Language therapists, OT’s, anyone in an L & D role, anyone in a supervisory or senior management role. 

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