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PTSD, Trauma & Beyond: the Essentials # 30 Apr 2019 #BPS London

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Special Self-funded fee £135; Organisational fee £180

This is a CPD certificate workshop: Earn 6 Hours CPD

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. 

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 to observe & practice skills (with a professional actor playing our very credible 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.  

    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.

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    Customer Reviews

    Based on 32 reviews
    Great workshop

    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".

    Highly recommend this engaging and interactive workshop

    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.

    Empowering & Insightful Workshop!

    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.

    Great trauma workshop

    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.

    Don't Hesitate!

    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.

    Definitely worth attending

    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.

    PTSD workshop

    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

    Great workshop!

    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.

    Practical and informative

    The course was very informative and helpful for developing further skills and knowledge of PTSD and trauma. The biological explanations are helpful.

    PTSD The Essentials

    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.