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PTSD, Trauma & Beyond: the Essentials # 2 Feb 2022 # LIVE Interactive Webinar

Click Self or Org Funded

Interactive Skills Training with Live Observation   

From the cutting edge, where therapy meets neuroscience: A Fiercely Non-Pathologizing Approach to Working Effectively with Trauma.

The essentials of recognising & working with a range of traumatic reactions for Counsellors & Mental Health Practitioners.  

Trauma Expert: Dr Heather Sequeira; Consultant Psychologist & Clinical Traumatologist - LIVE interactive consultation.

This 1-day workshop establishes the empirical frameworks for working trans-diagnostically with traumatised people. For understanding what maintains a person's difficulties and therefore what needs to be done to help a person move forward.

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

  • Cutting-edge  *but accessible & clinically relevant* research & theory
  • Clinical strategies & live observation 

    The Workshop Will Help Delegates:

    • To develop a clear understanding of the nature of Childhood & Adult traumatic presentations.
    • Understand an accessible psychological theory of PTSD derived from research findings.
    • Identify the common strategies used to cope with trauma that may actually contribute to the maintenance of PTSD.
    • To develop confidence in assessing and formulating PTSD
    • Identify Acute Stress Disorder, PTSD & Complex PTSD responses & other clinical issues.
    • Develop an accessible understanding of happens in the brain following psychological trauma (an introduction).
    • Gain Tools to Normalise post-trauma responses: Reducing stigma; reducing secondary stresses.
    • Develop skills in distress tolerance & emotional regulation to help clients move forward.

    Workshop itinerary: 6 Hours CPD

    Live Observation - Makes this Different from Other Training:

    Delegates will get the chance to observe 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. 

    Who Should Attend: This course is 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. No prior CBT experience necessary.

    Times: 9.30-4.00pm 
    Venue: Online LIVE Webinar via Zoom


    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 63 reviews
    Ana Jovanovic Radovic

    Heather was amazing at helping us understand how to support people who have experienced trauma at a compassionate and professional way. Very informative and engaging training.

    Fantastic one day course

    I attended this course online and it was fantastic. I learnt practical and applicable skills throughout the day that I could take to straight to my clinical work and use with my clients. Dr Sequeira was professional and her course highlighted her vast skills and knowledge in the area of trauma and treatment. I will be enrolling in her other courses so I am able to learn more and continue to grow as a early career clinician.

    Excellent course, very informative

    Heather was great at explaining aspects of trauma in very clear and concise ways, making it easy to implement these techniques with clients. It was very interesting to hear the different metaphors she used to help the group cement the information. Overall a very engaging and informative course which I will take into the future. I look forward to the masterclass!

    B Dixon
    Fabulous and engaging

    Really enjoyed the course and felt like I have learned so much more, that will support my future clients .. very interesting and engaging … heather has a way of breaking down the information making it easy to recall and work with .. her experience shines through yet she is approachable and supportive I recommend this course as the information is invaluable.. very much enjoyed the course and can’t wait to take another one with heather she is outstanding in her delivery and involved everyone and managed emotive subjects sensitively.

    Maxine Blackburn
    An outstanding course and excellent teaching

    Parts of this course that really appealed to me were the non-pathologising and anti-shaming focus and Heather's style of teaching. It is obvious that Heather has a huge amount of clinical experience but I found her unique in really explaining the why and how of working with clients. I also appreciated the use of metaphors and examples that make information memorable. Also highly evidence-based. I really like the fact that we still have access to resources through the facebook group. I will definitely be signing up for the other courses that Heather runs. I finished the course feeling eager to work with clients and put my knowledge to use. Can't stress enough how invaluable I found this training! Thank you!!

    Sheila King
    Excellent, informative and applicable workshop

    Having worked as a Clinical Psychologist (with people with learning disabilities) for many years and been on several PTSD workshops in the past, I found this one, by far the most informative and applicable to my work.
    Heather's style of teaching is also very engaging (I found myself fully engaged even after lunch)! This was the case despite the workshop being over zoom - and thought was also given to our own styles of learning (breaks and processing time - so things learnt could be remembered). I now feel more confident in this area. The use of an actor also aided learning without being anxiety-provoking. Heather is clearly passionate and very knowledgeable about working with people with trauma and PTSD so one feels confident that the information is both useful and up-to-date. I would highly recommend this workshop. I'm now off to book to do the next course...

    Agata T.
    Valuable and engaging workshop

    I really enjoyed the workshop! It is a very good introduction to the topic of PTSD and trauma. I enjoyed the practical part in which Heather demonstrated how to support a client in a session. Very informative and engaging with lots of practical tools and tips to take away. I would highly recommend the workshop to anyone interested in working with trauma or PTSD.

    Gemma Wyatt
    Excellent course

    Really enjoyed the course today. I have been on other trauma related training but this one really helped me to understand the effects on a deeper level. I loved that throughout the day Heather kept checking in to ensure we were understanding and taking in the information. The language used throughout was very compassionate and easy to understand. I feel more confident now with my abilities. I really enjoyed the part where we worked with a client and you can really see the effort that Heather and the actor have put in to making this as real as possible. It gave us the chance to witness how she would work with a client. I also found it refreshing that Heather used the same tools that would be used in face to face training, it made the difference for me. Would book more training through Heather after today!

    veronica wilson
    A Practical & Engaging Workshop

    A very informative and thought provoking workshop, filled with lots of useful tools and techniques to support your clients. Heather is a fabulous host, very knowledgeable and helps you to really engage and cement your newfound knowledge. I loved the live case study which provided the opportunity to really observe the skills in action when working with a client. I would highly recommend this workshop.

    Excellent workshop

    I thoroughly enjoyed the course. I've learnt a lot. Heather is a wonderful lecturer. Caring for her students and making sure everyone learns, feels included and validated. It gives me lots of practical ideas, knowledge and skills. Thank you and I will definitely book another session with Heather.