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PTSD Master Class Workshop # 2-3 Dec 2021 # LIVE Interactive Webinar #

Click Self or Org Funded Rate

Live Interactive Clinical Skills Training with Observational Consultation   

Strategies to help break the Cycle of Traumatic Memory:  12 Hour CPD

Our small group workshops are safe, interactive spaces to support people like you to do the work that matters; giving direct access to expert skills and live consultation. Delegates will get the chance to observe therapy in action and work with real clinical case material. Join us - fiercely non-pathologising and relationally driven. Practically based and action orientated. For clinicians who are not just theory-savvy but more skilled, confident & therefore more in demand.

In The PTSD Master Class, our focus is on strategies to help our clients break the Cycle of Traumatic Memory using effective, evidence-based strategies for managing intrusive imagery, somatic re-experiencing and post-traumatic flashbacks. 

This Intermediate level workshop will offer you a firm foundation for working with PTSD using Trauma-Focused CBT, underpinned by a relational philosophy. This will include Enhanced Reliving, Trigger Discrimination for managing flashbacks and intrusive somatic (body) memories and client centred values work on Reclaiming of Life.

All workshops cover how to safely deliver therapy Remotely (as well as face-2-face) & the extra challenges posed by COVID19.

Day 1: 9:30-16:00

How to Help Clients Disrupt the Traumatic Memory-Threat Cycle

Updates in neuroscience (analogies to help us and our clients understand what is happening in the brain)

The role of memory processes in the maintenance of PTSD
  • How to Help Clients Process Traumatic Memories Safely - Without Becoming Re-traumatised
  • Using Enhanced Reliving Cognitive Behavioural Therapy underpinned by a Relational Philosophy
  • Understand the Ehlers & Clark model using clinical case studies
  • What We Get Wrong When Treating Trauma & How to Get it Right!
    • Successfully avoiding the common pitfalls in trauma therapy
    • Recent shifts in our understanding of trauma that should effect our practice
    • How to keep our formulation simple, 

Day 2: 9:30 - 16:00

Putting the Skills from Day One in to Practice: Live Observation 

Delegates will get the chance to observe Trauma-Focused therapy in action (with a professional actor playing our very credible client attending therapy). We discuss the moment–to–moment decisions about the direction therapy should take - unpacking the therapeutic process with real-time demonstration & practice of skills. Plus, other diverse clinical material will be used to illustrate different presentations, real-world challenges & therapy pitfalls. 

    • Enhanced Reliving demonstration and practice
    • Avoiding the common missteps in Enhanced Reliving
    • Trigger discrimination & strategies to bring clients out of dissociation (flashbacks)
    • How to help our clients build threat resilience 
    • How to help our clients reclaim their life following trauma
    • Immersive and hands-on live demonstration
    • Actionable advice to improve skills & confidence


British Psychological Society Approved Workshop for Purposes of CPD

12 Hours CPD Certificate 


Presenter Dr Heather Sequeira PhD

Dr Heather Sequeira PhD has a solid background in Trauma related research and worked as Senior Research Fellow, University of London prior to training as a clinician. Heather is now an executive committee member of the British Psychological Society Crisis, Disaster & Trauma BPS Section. She has input to British Psychological Society CPD, Clinical Psychology Doctoral Training programmes and CBT Diploma Courses. She has 20 years NHS experience, plus private practice and organisational context work. She has a particular specialty in Complex PTSD & Trauma-related OCD.

The unique style of PTSD Trauma Workshop was born not only out of the above expertise but from supervising other psychologists, trainees and therapists. These clinicians were often highly trained and experienced, but what they said they lacked was the opportunity to observe other clinicians at work. They said that what they really wanted was to ‘look over the shoulder’ to observe another clinicians to help build both skills and confidence. Often supervises were struggling with similar therapeutic issues, despite being at different stages of the professional journey and they wanted to push the boundaries of their own learning within a safe, non-judgmental space.

The workshops are a unique response to the above needs: The workshops focus on "real-life" clinical issues, clients who are "stuck" or who have complex needs. They are highly practical, with clinical observation using the live actor "therapy simulation" and video footage for skills work. We offer a stop & pause format so that delegates can stop, discuss, and pull open the clinical decision-making steps at each stage of the therapy process. The process brings life-like and safer skills practice into the workshop. This process offers unique hands-on training for professionals with sound theory to practice transfer.

Heather's expert knowledge of clinical practice, extensive research experience and excellent training skills make her the most stimulating trainer to work with.

Additional Information

Live therapy demonstration & skills practice

This is a highly practical training with ample opportunity to see live demonstration of Trauma-Focused therapy. We use a professional actor as our client. This helps us to to map out the therapy interaction in the most realistic way possible, whilst effectively integrating theory with practice. We try not to shy away from real work complexities, therapy pitfalls & tough decisions. This is a fantastic opportunity to look inside the therapy process, with an extensive debrief into both the decision making & intervention processes.

Interaction and small group discussion is encouraged but no pressure is placed on people who prefer to sit back and take it all in.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD Hours) Certificate of Attendance:

You will receive a Certificate of Attendance for hours of CPD at your workshop.

  • 6 Hours for a 1 day workshop
  • 12 Hours for a 2 day workshop
  • 18 Hours for a 3 day workshop

Please check that you have told us the correct name to be printed on your certificate, especially if you are from an organisation and booking a workshop for someone else.

Levels of Competence

Delegates are required to be qualified mental health practitioners (i.e. have registration with a Regulatory Body such as HPCP or accreditation with a relevant professional body) OR to be in training / in the process of gaining such accreditation. A CPD workshop does not qualify you to practice psychological therapy. For this you need a appropriate professional qualification and validation by an appropriate regulatory body. Delegates are required to have appropriate psychological supervision for their practice.

There may be occasional exceptions in attendance to the above requirement (for example, a trauma researcher or similar who is not practicing with clients but requires insight and infomation for research purposes). Any exception to the above requirement has to be agreed with us in advance. Please do get in touch to discuss.

Level of Competence Required:

Before booking a place on a workshop, please ensure that it is pitched at the appropriate level of competence for you. The competence level [Preliminary, Intermediate, Advanceded] of each workshop is listed on each booking page. The 3 different workshop levels are as follows:

Preliminary Level Workshops

Preliminary workshops are for people from a variety of psychological therapy backgrounds who are looking for grounding in the basic concepts or a recap. These courses ideal for professionals who want to develop & their practice skills to help clients with a history of trauma. It is also an excellent recap for advanced level practitioners. Whether clinicians are counsellors getting their first exposure to CBT for trauma or seasoned practitioners wanting a refresher, this will satisfy professional training needs. For Preliminary workshops, NO prior CBT experience is necessary.

Intermediate Level Workshops

Intermediate level workshops are directed to trained mental health practitioners who are familiar with and able to use the fundamental principles of CBT and Relational Approaches. For example, practitioners are able to use formulation, identify automatic thoughts and able to help clients test these thoughts. To use the enhanced reliving components with your clients, practitioners should have skills in CBT and be supervised by practitioner who uses reliving as part of their own clinical practice and is competent to do so.

Advanced Level Workshops

Advanced courses are directed towards those professionals who already have additional training in PTSD and Trauma and use CBT and other Relational Approaches routinely as part of their clinical practice. They have probably undertaken a significant number of training courses and/or workshops, and use a broad range of strategies to work with a range of presentations at varying levels of complexity.

These workshops are defined as Continuing Professional Development. As such they are designed for people with a recognised UK psychological therapy qualification or for those in training for such qualification. Although highly informative, none of workshops confer a formal qualification or assurance of competence in any aspect of psychological therapy since we are unable to assess attendee competency within the training event.


Workshops contain clinical material. This is always anonymised as far as possible but delegates are none the less reminded to respect confidentiality and to anonymise any clinical material that they bring to the workshops.

Just as in therapy sessions, workshop sessions will be treated as confidential, with the following exceptions. As a Chartered and Registered Psychologist I am required to seek supervision by my professional body (The British Psychological Society) and regulatory body (HPCP) as a means of ensuring good practice. We do have a statutory obligation to break confidentiality under rare circumstances, namely, if I believe that a person is of danger to themselves or to others (under the Mental Health Act, 2001) or if I believe that a child is at actual risk of physical or sexual abuse (The Children Act, Section 47, 1989)

Self-Care & Special Needs

Our own professional responsibility for good self-care is emphasised throughout the trainings. All the Workshops contain detailed discussion of clinical case material and simulated client work. This includes (but is not limited to) sexual assault, sexual abuse, interpersonal violence, accidents, RTAs, war and other types of trauma. If you are in doubt as to whether this CPD workshop is appropriate for you, please discuss with us in confidence.

We welcome people from diverse backgrounds. If you have any particular needs, please contact us prior to booking.

Customer Reviews

Based on 70 reviews
Excellent Quality

An excellent use of two days. As a new starter in this field it was extremely useful for me to hear from an expert and not only learn new information, but also learn how to use this information with clients via Dr. Sequeira's hands-on role play. There was a hired live-action 'client' with whom Dr. Sequeira had demonstrated her techniques and then allowed us to have a go if we wanted to. I would really recommend this course for clinicians of all levels to expand your knowledge and improve your skills.

Dr Andrea Hewitt
Excellent workshop

I would highly recommend this excellent course. It was engaging, informative and one of the best 'hands on' training events I have attended. The key elements for me were the ways in which complex trauma formulations were demonstrated and the use of an actor to portray the realities of applying these clinical ideas. I came way feeling much more confident about explaining the complex neuropsychology of trauma to clients and the considerations that need to be given to reliving work.

Ann Jennings
Engaging and Inspiring Workshop

This was a great workshop, engagingly presented and inclusive of all participants in a friendly but professional way. The demonstration and encouragement to practice simple, yet highly effective techniques and visual representations for the client of complex information were so helpful - demonstrating that complicated does not need to be impossible to explain. So many courses rely on lecture and other methods to relay information, but the use of an actor to put the learning into action was extremely powerful and will long stay in my mind. Dr Sequeira's approach and method have inspired me and I would not hesitate to recommend her courses.

Elizabeth Baldwin
A really interesting, engaging and useful course

I found this two-day workshop to be extremely useful. The balance between practice and theory was just right and Dr Sequeira's warm and inclusive teaching style meant that delegates with varying levels of experience in trauma work were able to make meaningful contributions.
Personally, I found the ideas and demonstrations on how to present psychological knowledge and theory about the effects of trauma on the brain to clients in simple, yet meaningful and clinically relevant, ways to be particularly useful. The practical demonstrations, too, were extremely powerful and also very informative.
Overall this was one of the best courses I've ever attended.

David Slack
Excellent 2 day Course

Some of the content was known to me but a lot wasn't. That said, all of it was exceptionally valuable as my knowledge was reinforced. The skills and techniques shown and practiced, will encourage me to be more flexible and approach tasks differently, which in my mind is what CPD training is all about.

As an aside, the actor used in the course was very good. I am sure that most, if not all of us on the course, forgot he was an actor when we were trying to help him with his experiences.

Evidence-based and hands-on

This is an excellent workshop that explains the neurological effects trauma has in a scientific but accessible way (which enables the therapist to also explain it in an accessible way to the client), that offers hands-on training on handling trauma in therapy using evidence-based techniques, and that is based on deep respect for the client. The training certainly contributed to my skillset as therapist treating traumatized clients.

Ana Pimenta
Great 2 day training

Excellent training, engaging and well organised. The live therapy section was brilliant and embedded theory and practice in a meaningful way. Having the opportunity to do this training online without the hassle of travelling was great.

Rachel Edwards
Engaging and practical

Material was delivered in an engaging and energetic way. Embedding theory about HOW we learn best throughout the workshop - so making the learning experiential, mixing up modalities and regular short breaks - great! Whilst I felt I had some of the knowledge that was imparted over the two days, Heather suggested new and better ways of communicating that to clients, engaging them in the process of recovery from trauma in a much more effective way.

Ruth Cooper-Dickson
Brilliant 2-day training

Wow. A brilliant two days on the PTSD Masterclass. I love Heather's teaching style which is engaging, informative and very inclusive. You would think two days on Zoom would be entirely draining but Heather mixes up the approach to ensure you stay connected. Using an actor for the experiential learning helped massively bring the theory to life and try out the knowledge gained in a safe & comfortable environment. A wonderful small group of knowledgable delegates who were so welcoming and held space for each other. Would highly recommend.

Helen Pickering
PTSD Master Class: Clinical skills

I fully endorse this training - it was one of the most engaging, useful and energising online trainings that I've attended, and I ended the 2-day training with an increased confidence in continuing my work with clients with PTSD and equipped with a barrage of really useful techniques. The second day was especially powerful, with the use of an actor, that brought the whole training even more alive. Superb and great value for money.