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PTSD, Trauma & Beyond: The Essentials

Our 1 Day PTSD & Trauma Essentials Class draws on recent research findings in neuroscience,  practical strategies and eighteen years post qualification experience.


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

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.

  • 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 empirical 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 and associated co-morbidity in more complex presentations.
    • Identify Acute Stress Disorder, PTSD & Complex PTSD responses & other “co-morbid” problems.
    • 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.

    Live Observation & Practice - Makes this Different from Other Training:

    The workshop is highly practical.  Delegates will get the chance for live observation & skills practice (with a professional actor playing our client attending therapy). We discuss 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.  CBT with a relational base.

    • 7 Sept 2017: British Psychological Society London Office


    Level of Competence Required:

    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.  Attendees are required to have a membership of a Professional Body or be in training for a recognised mental health qualification.

    Workshop itinerary

    PTSD, Trauma & Beyond: The Essentials
    Working trans-diagnostically with traumatised people: there's more to it than PTSD
    Enhancing Resilience: Distress Tolerance & Emotional Regulation
    An introduction to fear, trauma & the brain: how can we utilize insights from contemporary neuroscience to help clients Theory & Practice dissected case discussions
    Enhancing Resilience: Distress Tolerance & Emotional Regulation
    LIVE therapy interactive demo & skills practice work with “client”
    Case studies & interactive discussion
    Skills practice work with our “client”
    Pitfalls in therapy following trauma
    Extensive  interactive discussion
    What to do when client feels stuck Enhanced Reliving Theory & Practice Skill Demonstration & Skills practice
    What not to do… ‘Real-world’ application


    Delegates own self-care is emphasized throughout. If you are in doubt as to whether this course is appropriate for you, please discuss with us in confidence.


    Most Masterclass workshops are run from our BPS London Office (30 Tabernacle Street, London EC2A 4UE).

    Timings: Master Classes start at 9.30 (prompt) & finish at 4.00pm.  BPS office open from 9.00am. 

    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 info@ptsdtraumaworkshops.co.uk

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