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Complex Trauma & Dissociation

"For many years I have heard therapists struggling with similar challenges, often in the face of confusing evidence or conflicting common practices"

 Earn 12 Hour CPD Certificate Live Training

This two-day workshop was born not only out of practice, supervision and academic research but the experience of supervising these psychologists and therapists.The workshops aim to offer participants a foundation for working with Complex PTSD and dissociation using CBT, underpinned by a human-centred relational philosophy.

Current theories of Complex-PTSD and dissociation, updates in neuroscience and the role of memory processes in the development of PTSD will be explored, along with case conceptualization, treatment planning and phase-orientated therapy.

This Complex Trauma Workshop has been specifically designed to build on and extend the work you completed in the PTSD Master Class. We will cover new, in-depth material about working effectively with dissociation, the freeze response, overwhelming affect and sensory images, shame and self-loathing, numbing and disconnection. Plus increase our understanding of developmental trauma from a neurobiological perspective (see below). 

With the help of a female professional actor (client with Complex PTSD, stemming from developmental trauma), we will work with high levels of dissociation and self-harm, dive into real work complexities and discuss therapy pitfalls & the need for difficult balanced decisions. Our aim is to offer credible case material that is realistic and relevant to the work that you do, rather than easy textbook examples. A fantastic opportunity to look inside the therapy process and extensive debrief into the decision making & intervention processes. 

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Level of Competence Required:

Delegates should have attended prior trauma-focused training offered by ourselves (or similar level of training offered elsewhere). Due to the cumulative nature of training, this workshop will build on and extend prior training. It issuitable for trained mental health professionals who have had prior supervised experience with Trauma-Focused therapy.  Please contact us directly if you are unsure. We are always happy to discuss and advise.  

Delegates on this workshop who practice therapy are required to have a membership of a relevant Regulatory Body such as HPCP or equivalent. There may be occasional exceptions to this requirement (for example, individuals conducting research into trauma who are not practising with clients). Any exception has to be discussed with us in advance, so please don't hesitate to get in touch.


    • The areas of the brain most impacted by developmental trauma
    • Why age of trauma impacts development
    • How neglect may be more detrimental than abuse
    • Why understanding the neuroscience of complex-trauma can help our clients work with symptoms
      • Why interpersonal neurobiology matters
      • The hormonal effects of trauma
      • Inflammatory biomarkers, somatic & autonomic correlations with trauma
      • Medically unexplained symptoms correlated with trauma
      • Why flashbacks feel like present experience, not past memory
      • How the links in the brain become distorted during dissociation
    • Is dissociation a single concept or multiple phenomena?
    • Depersonalisation & Derealisation
    • The controversy over Dissociative Identity Disorder
    • Dissociation and memory fragmentation
    • The 2019 ICD-II diagnostic criteria for Complex-PTSD
    • Strategies that can help your clients build resilience
    • How trauma may transmit from one generation to the next (epigenetics)
    • The freeze response vs tonic immobility
    • Overwhelming affect and sensory images
    • Shame and self-loathing
    • Numbing and disconnection
    • Like all our workshops, the Complex Trauma & Dissociation workshop is highly skill based. What we do is take a practical approach with ample opportunity to see ‘TF-CBT therapy in action' with live therapy demos and skills practice. We use a professional actor as our “client” to map out the therapy process in the most realistic way possible. 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 extensive debrief into the decision making & intervention processes. Making the most recent empirical research relevant for clinical practice, we give you the know-how to identify what helps clients to make changes in therapy and the skills to use that information to facilitate valued change.



Our own professional responsibility for self-care is emphasised throughout the trainings. The Complex Trauma Workshop contains  detailed discussion of clinical case material and simulated client work about sexual assault, sexual abuse, interpersonal violence 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.


Workshops run Remotely (via Zoom) and Face-to-Face. Please make sure that you select the option that is appropriate for you.

Venues in Wider areas of UK:

We want to deliver workshops in other regions of the UK. If you see a demand for PTSD & Trauma workshops for professionals in your area please get in touch with us.

We also offer bespoke workshops offering content tailored to meet the needs of your organisation. Please contact us to find out further