Our 3 core workshops (1-3) go from PTSD Practioner Entry Level to Intermediate-Advanced Practitioner Level. So whether you are a seasoned, highly experienced clinician or just starting to develop your practice with trauma, we have a workshop to build cumulatively on what you already know, supporting your steps to trauma expertise. Our view is that Trauma and Emotional pain are NOT pathologies. The approach is non-stigmatising, evidence-based TF-CBT integrated with Person Centred-Relational values.
In the hands of a safe & skilled practitioner, Trauma-Focused Therapy can empower your clients to transform their lives:
With significant research advances in PTSD in just the last 7 years, we help you apply cutting-edge research advances in concise, actionable ways. You will use credible, in-depth case formulation and “live” demonstration of skills with simulated clients. We emphasise a safe environment, non-retraumatising Trauma-Focused Therapy that does not diminish or oversimplify the profound experiences under examination.
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I have learned so much about Trauma and how it affects the brain and the body from this course . The learning is so user friendly that I have been able to pass it onto my clients in an easily understood manner . Therapists are involved in practical discussion which also enhances the learning..
This is the first time in over 30 years of working in the field that I understand why people self- harm .
The actor on day 2 was fantastic and gave us a real sense of her "trauma".
OHP handouts are provided for everyone, so its easier to concentrate in session without having to take too many notes as there is so much info to take on board. As I am trying to reduce my paper stores, I scanned the handout , alternatively an emailed copy would have been as useful.
Very interactive workshop where I learned the Essentials of Trauma/ PTSD. Provided a good insight and understanding illustrated with concrete tools.
Definitely recommend it.
I thoroughly enjoyed attending this workshop, finding it practical and useful for my practice. Dr Sequeira is able to break down what we learnt into easy to understand topics, showing her experience and knowledge of the subject. The live role play was particularly cogent, the actor being a convincing client, and again helpful in bringing together the learnings taught throughout the day. The venue itself was easy to find, clean and inviting, and on a side note, the coffee served was very good. I would highly recommend this course for you to help start develop your understanding of trauma.
I found the simplification of how the brain works helpful and easy to remember.
The live client role play was very interesting but may be difficult to recall as was unsure of the structure i.e. objective of each section.
Overall it was helpful and informative and clear that Dr Sequeira is passionate and knowledable on this topic.
Heather delivered an outstanding course having the right mix of theory and real-world application. It was clear and very well structured. Thank you
I thoroughly enjoyed this training and have come away with more knowledge and confidence for working with clients who have experienced trauma. Heather is extremely friendly and approachable and easy to listen to. This course has simplified theory and methods of working with clients in a way which is accessible for myself as a therapist, but also for those we are working with. I really enjoyed the element of the actor, which brought the therapy to life. It has only been two days since I attended the course and I have already been putting it into practice and reflecting on how much I have taken away from this course. Highly recommended and clinically relevant!
This training is brilliant - Heather is an excellent speaker, and her vast experience and competence shone through. The level was very accessible, even for those with less pre-existing awareness of the model, and she worked really hard to ensure we would feel confident in co-constructing and using trauma-informed formulations, which I really valued. Heather simplified the complexity of trauma research and practice, and I found all of the training to be very memorable and user-friendly. I had arrived with questions about the sequence in which to do interventions, as well as a sense that there's too much competing jargon in this area, but now feel much clearer in both regards. The use of an excellent actor brought the theory to life, and I really valued Heather's openness to questions and participation in all areas of the two days.
I highly recommend this workshop if you want to gain knowledge about PTSD and Trauma. It was very practical, informative and well explained. I liked the language and practical examples Heather used to make the content more accessible and understandable. It is a very good workshop especially if your aim is to understand how the trauma affects the brain and how to deal with PTSD symptoms through a "live practice" experience. However, it may result a little bit too elementary for professionals that have already some insight into the PTSD.
I also quite liked the engagement between all the attendees and Heather, which made the course more interactive and less "teaching".
If you want to gain an insight into the essentials of PTSD, attend this course. I was a little apprehensive about whether the detail would be relevant and accessible. I very quickly realised that there was no need to be concerned. The course content gives an in depth knowledge into the factors associated with trauma and PTSD. A well thought out structure and delivery style ensures that some of the more complex aspects relating to the neuroscience of trauma is extremely well explained and demonstrated, both in a way to ensure personal understanding but also providing relevant clinical application. The afternoon session gave us the chance to put into practice the knowledge learnt from the morning and was one of the most engaging interactive sessions I have been part of during a training course. I walked away with a greater understanding of PTSD, feeling confident that I recognise and better understand it's effects. I thoroughly enjoyed the learning thanks to Heather's engaging delivery style and substantial expertise. Will definitely be looking to book for the 2 day course - a great training experience.
Great workshop with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere! Very useful to gain and develop knowledge of Trauma/PTSD, to share ideas and develop relevant tools to apply practically. Heather presents knowledge and practical skills in an accessible and inspiring way, encouraging valuable discussion throughout. Would highly recommend! I now feel more confident and empowered moving forward.
I really enjoyed the way it was presented and how many new thinks I got from it. I really recomend for people to join this workshop.
This was the first time that I had done a workshop with the BPS, and being a counsellor I was a little daunted at the thought of being with trained psychologists but I really needn't have worried. What I found most helpful was having a way to easily explain to clients the ways in which memories are processed - or not, in the case of trauma. The role play used in the demonstration was done fantastically, allowing the scenario to be 'paused' while we discussed how we might develop our lines of questioning, and encouraging us all to have a go.
As soon as I can afford to I wll be returning to continue with the other trauma modules.
I really appreciated access to Heather's rich store of knowledge on this subject. Also, she has a way of conveying complex information is a really user-friendly way which can in turn, be passed on to the client. A really great 2 days. Thank you
Really good day attending Heather's PTSD Essentials - nicely interactive and good mix of teaching, sharing of ideas / experiences, role play, psych-ed and practical application. Good facilities, use of time and great notes to take away. Definitely following up with the masterclass. Highly recommend to anyone working with trauma.
I found this workshop very useful as I work with suvivors of abuse and felt I need more tools. Heather was a great facilitator which made it easy to follow and understand. I would deffently do more workshops in the future, I feel I gained valuable skills. Thank you
Excellent trainer. Clear knowledgeable and experiential. Theory and practical skills applied neatly to many diverse clinical examples that really helped illustrate processes. On 2nd day Heather an actor role playing a client really brought the therapy into the room. It felt real and enabled us to discuss the therapy process as it was unfolding. Well recommended. CBT basis but well integrated with ACT/ client centred/ attachment therapeutic perspectives.
As a result of this training day I felt refreshed in, and, a lot more confident about my own knowledge of crucial elements of PTSD and the effects of trauma (even when they do not fit within the specified remit of PTSD) as well as my ability to transfer this knowledge to clients in a helpful and constructive way within the course of therapy.
It was interesting to consider how useful, or not, diagnoses and categorizations are, for clients and professionals, as we use them currently as specified in certain publications.
I also found it surprising, refreshing, optimistic and positive that Heather ALWAYS framed and discussed issues in terms of the client's experience of their difficulties, regardless of certain conceptions by staff which could impact on services offered to clients e.g. certain diagnoses create particular ideas about clients even before meeting them.
Heather's knowledge base is clearly substantial, and she is very good at sharing this knowledge, and I look forward to the next workshop I attend that she facilitates.
The course was very informative and helpful for developing further skills and knowledge of PTSD and trauma. The biological explanations are helpful.
I found this to be an excellent day's training. I consolidated and deepened my understanding and came away with transferable skills to use in my practice. The day ran smoothly, at a good pace and with plenty of interaction. Having the actor role play the client made a tremendous difference as we were able to pause the action and discuss what we had learnt. Also, actually seeing Heather work with the 'client' brought alive how we could use the interventions. Really worthwhile training. Looking forward to signing up for some more.
I have attended the other workshops and this was no exception. Exceptionally through, highly interactive, totally clinically relevant and with lots of new information. I really benefit from how Heather presents often complex neurobiological ideas in such a simple, easy to understand way. Plus I love the use of metaphors in therapy. I left with renewed confidence, sense of competence and am sure this will pass on clients. The use of an actor presenting as our client is was really helpful and cemented the theory and information in a really practical useful way.
I recently attended a PTSD masterclass run by Heather and was very impressed indeed. The material was highly relevant and directed at the applied context and there was a good meld of formal teaching and discussion throughout. The handouts were relevant and the pacing just right. The highlight for me was the fantastic actor who brought to life the material through an interactive clinical session which really helped with skill development. This was so helpful in transcending the day from a didactic session to a living experience, which was really impactful. I'd highly recommend this if either you're new or uncertain about trauma work, or just needing a refresher. Excellent.
Heather's two day course delivered exactly what I was looking for - two days of information packed training with plenty of room for involvement from the participants. Personally, I found the role play section extremely useful as, not only did I get to see the model in action, it gave me a chance to experience a taste of how I might find working with this client group in this way.
Really worth attending this masterclass, I would highly recommend it for professionals who work or have an interest in trauma, Heather’s teaching is interactive and very engaging. The in vivo work with an actor is challenging however provides excellent practical skills. All the knowledge and skills provided are really useful and can be used immediately
Really useful training. Interactive experience, driven by energetic facilitator and an experienced professional.
Theoretically, practically, philosophically, enriching & illuminating. I knew I wanted to do more CBT training & I knew I wanted to know more about trauma because it is always present somewhere & in some guise or another when working with addictions, as I do, and yet I didn't entirely know quite why or how the training may or may not help me; I was somewhat fuzzy in my thinking about this. This training keenly sharpened those blunted edges. There was a compelling clarity to the course that made learning feel effortless. I am still finding things coming to the fore now, almost a week later. Dr. Sequeira delivered the training in a straight forward superbly paced way throughout, something only someone highly skilled & practiced in their field can accomplish with such aplomb. My attention, interest and fascination was held long after the last words had been spoken and the training had finished. I can't thank Dr. Sequeira enough for the quality of the content or the exceptional way in which it was presented to us. The actor playing the role of a severely traumatised client was a triumph. We all benefited hugely from this part of the training. It far exceeded any role play I have ever witnessed in its depth of learning that it afforded us. It's success was down to the brilliance of the actor herself & Dr. Sequeira's experience & skill that allowed the exercise to come alive and resonate with a gravitas in the moment that a role-play almost has no right to have.
An excellent and thought provoking course loaded with wisdom & practice enriching insights that you shouldn't allow yourself to miss. I can't recommend it highly enough & I will be eagerly returning for the upcoming Master class with keen anticipation; I know it won't disappoint.
I found this workshop very engaging, I learnt so much that I could then apply to this to my own practice. The pace was very good and examples given really helped, the content was great too. I thoroughly recommend the workshop and I am certainly booking on the two day master class. If anyone is thinking of doing this course then don't hesitate its worth attending. Thank you so much for a great day.
I went on this course in order to learn more about and to feel more confident in working therapeutically with people who have experienced traumas in their life. I found this workshop incredibly engaging (not boring at all!) and extremely useful. The theory was presented in such a way that if you knew it already it was helpful in thinking about how to present it to your clients and I learned some other helpful techniques to use in therapy that are client friendly and super practical. I've already used some of the ideas and they've been received well by my client and I definitely feel more confident in working with trauma. The actress who joined us was amazing and it really felt like having a client in the room. I've never seen that in a workshop before and it was definitely helpful in practicing skills and observing the facilitator in action as well. Overall I would definitely recommend this workshop. Thank you!
I was very impressed by the breath of information provided in the workshop. I also feel better equipped to work with trauma and more confident in using the techniques provided. I am looking forward to their other workshops.
Really useful workshop. This has provided me with a very practical insight into the application of narrative re-living techniques and my confidence has increased as a result of being able to observe these being used with an actor. The case formulation was also extremely insightful and served to further my understanding of how PTSD is maintained. Excellent explanation of how the brain responds to trauma, this has given me more clarity with regards to memory processing and I feel more able to provide my clients with the psycho-education needed to normalize their experiences. Thank you Heather, I have been recommending your workshops to my colleagues since participating in this!
I have been qualified for over 10 years and am struck by how our knowledge of PTSD and therefore therapy strategies have developed. I found this course to be a thorough and informative workshop with plenty of innovative practical aspects to cement skills and knowledge. Really recommended for people at all stages of their professional journey
Heather has a way of making complex information really accessible; she boils down research into clear and concise actionable therapy steps that have made a big difference to my own therapy practice. I also respect the interpersonally informed basis of her CBT practice, holding the centrality of the client therapy relationship. I especially valued the interactive elements and the use of the actor on the second day who came in as our therapy client.
Very clear, recent research.
The 'live' aspects really useful
Great opportunity to see therapy demonstrations & other experienced clinicians doing therapy
Heathers extensive experience with PTSD is evident from the start and as an experienced practitioner I still walked away with developments to my practice that I could apply. It's a really hands-on workshop to teach using an individualised case-formulation approach that respects the therapeutic relationship. The most useful bit for me personally was seeing Heather demonstrate challenging therapy situations with the Actor playing our client. It was also useful to see other delegates practicing skills with the actor - such a unique opportunity to see other therapists at work.
The experiential aspects with the live actor playing a client (a very realistically complicated client) helped totally. There were a lot of psychologists on the course but as a human centred therapist, I felt welcomed and my approach was validated. I really recommend the course from an experiential and theoretical point of view.
PTSD Master Class is approved by the BPS (British Psychological Society) for purposes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD). We teach empirically validated methods of CBT, underpinned by a humanistic value base for registered psychologists & qualified mental health professionals.
Innovative “hands on” skills training using our professional actor as "client" to demonstrate, practice & discuss moment–to–moment decisions about therapy direction, in-depth case formulation & discussion Real-time demonstration, & practice of skills in a safe environment Empirically based Trauma-Focused CBT for our complex real–world clinical work
“The workshop will stand out in my memory as one of the best CPD courses I have attended
"As an experienced & seasoned practitioner I still walked away with developments to my practice that I could apply
"A strong empirical backbone & more importantly - an honest acknowledgment of what is going on in the therapy