Train the Trainer

What is PETMA™ TTT?

PETMA™ TTT presents a distinct behaviour support training approach for disability organisations, schools, and nursing homes in Ireland, which is HIQA compliant, standing out from other models which have flooded the market. While many of these models originated as staff self-defence courses, PETMA™ took a different approach by listening to service users' voices. This enabled the development of a behaviour support model centred on understanding, empathy, compassion, and collaboration with service users.

PETMA™ TTT empowers trainers to enact real change in classrooms, enabling them to deliver tailored content relevant to the individuals they support. Through conducting a Training Needs Analysis (TNA), trainers gain insight into the practical challenges and realities faced by staff daily. This knowledge allows them to deliver the 2-day Foundation Programme with a mix of mandatory modules and also to craft a customised training programme, drawing on our vast number of modules that addresses specific needs effectively.


Advantages of PETMA™

Focuses on Reducing Distress
HIQA Complaint
Human Rights Approach
Customised Training
BILD Certified
Guaranteed Irish


PETMA™ Trainer the Trainer Programme  

Successful completion of the PETMA™ TTT Programme includes:

  • Participate in a concise 2-hour online programme introduction session.
  • Engage in comprehensive online Train the Trainer modules totalling 10 hours, unless possessing a teaching qualification up to QQI Level 6.
  • Attend three online evening workshops, crafting a bespoke Training Needs Analysis (TNA) and tailored training plan for the PETMA™ 2-day foundation programme aligned with the sponsoring organisation's needs.
  • Compulsory participation in a 5-day intensive training session, with ongoing assessment of attitudes and skills.
  • Successfully pass both theoretical and practical teaching assessments.
  • Complete registration as an accredited PETMA™ Trainer.

There are two PETMA™ TTT routes.

  1. PETMA™ Affiliate (In-house) Trainer
  2. PETMA™ Senior Trainer (Consultant)

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What is a PETMA™ Senior Trainer?

PETMA™ Senior Trainers, operating under the umbrella of the National Institute of Intellectual Disability Services (NIIDS), deliver customized training to organizations. Working under the supervision of Martha McGinn and Bernie Kerridge, these trainers conduct a thorough Training Needs Analysis (TNA) to pinpoint behavioural challenges within the organisation. They then develop a tailored training plan, which must be approved by the organisation before implementation. This approach guarantees a unique and personalised training programme for services, setting it apart from licensed training products provided by other Behavior Support Models.

Pre-requisites for PETMA™ Senior Trainers

  1. A minimum of 5 years' post-qualification experience in health, social care, or education within the Affiliate Organization.
  2. Degree in health, social care, or education (e.g., RNID, RMN, Social Care Worker, Teacher, Psychologist, OT,). Diploma holders with extensive experience may also be considered.
  3. Behaviour Therapist experience
  4. Teaching qualification at least to Train the Trainer Qualification at QQI Level 6.

Optional Route for Teaching Qualification:

Candidates without the Train the Trainer (TTT) qualification must complete a suite of online Train the Trainer programs before PETMA TTT. Access to these modules is included in the cost:

  1. The Practical Trainer
  2. Advanced Skills for a Practical Trainer
  3. Developing a Training Needs Analysis
  4. Facilitation Skills program
  5. Measuring Training Results
  6. Developing a Training Plan

Candidates requiring access to these online programs can request it via email to

Evidence of up-to-date Mandatory Training:

Candidates must provide evidence of the following mandatory training with certificates included in the application:

  • First Aid
  • Manual Handling

NIIDS may provide this training if needed. For inquiries, contact

Furthermore, PETMA™ Trainers are required to:

  • Sign and Agree to our MoU.
  • Register as Senior Trainers with PETMA©, with the cost covered in the PETMA© TTT Programme.
  • Pay an annual Registration fee as Senior Trainers with BILD ACT, priced at €500 and available exclusively through NIIDS.
  • Attend annual PETMA© CPD sessions, costing €500 per trainer.
  • Commit to annual trainer updates and assessments.
  • Adhere to PETMA© programme guidelines, the BILD ACT Customer Handbook, and the Restraint Reduction Network Training Standards.
  • Maintain Professional Indemnity Insurance.

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Upcoming Courses

National Institute for Intellectual Disability Services are delighted to announce that PETMA© (PROFESSIONAL ETHICAL THERAPEUTIC MINDFUL APPROACH) Train the Trainer Programme Level 1 is available now!

  • A Human Rights Based Approach to Supporting Residents When Distressed.
  • Update your skillset and get one step ahead
  • BILD Certified
  • Restrain Reduction Network Accredited
  • Developed exclusively for the Irish
  • Health & Social Care Services

Please note it will be subject to eligibility criteria*

In-House PETMA TTT Application

To sign up please fill out this form -

Consultant PETMA TTT Application

To sign up please fill out this form - 

Programme Structure

Online Modules

    • Introduction and Registration - July 8th 10am – 12pm
    • Workshop 1– 20th Aug 5pm
    • Workshop 2- 2nd Sept 5pm
    • Workshop 3- 24th Sept – 5pm

Direct Taught Face to Face Dates 9am – 5pm – Venue to be confirmed but Leixlip/Maynooth area.

    • September 26th
    • September 27th
    • September 30th
    • October 1st
    • October 15th


Avail of our Early Bird Discount of 20%  if paid in full by June 1st, 2024

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Recent Webinars:

This interactive workshop will allow participants to explore a case study of an individual whose behaviour is risk to life. The interactive workshop will take participants on an experiential journey to challenge them to consider approaches and practices by offering them challenging questions which will make them consider their own values, belief, and cultural responsiveness. It will engage them in critical thinking that they can use in practice to reduce the use of restrictive practice particularly in diverse client groups, such those with complex intellectual disabilities, mental health difficulties or those who have been exposed to trauma.

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