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

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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:

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:

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 65 reviews
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.

Katherine J Kaye
Modelling good praxis

As a researcher and non-clinical worker in the field of VAW, DV, and women's empowerment in development contexts, with survivorship in my background, I wanted to be better grounded in good praxis to inform my fieldwork and programme development. Dr. Sequeira structured and implemented this two day course beautifully; best of all, the movements from being in the head to being "in practice" were modelled clearly and responsively. Not one minute was wasted. I could see the clinicians were engaged, learning theories and techniques they could apply immediately to their own clients. I also experienced how challenging it must be for clinicians to stay grounded, and the value of rehearsal: all very, very salutory! Communitarian mental health care is quite different from an individual-centred approach; I now understand more about internal dynamics and responses to different aspects of trauma both in women and in men, and how to discern "complicated" versus "complex" trauma; I now see cultural analogies to the "beachball model"; there are parallels I see between what is in effect mental health therapy for whole communities and the therapeutic approaches I've seen on this course (thanks so much to the practitioners as well as to Mr. John West here). My settings involve me with conflict, natural disaster, and sexual abuse survivors and perpetrators; this course gave me insights into all of these. My work involves many cross-cultural transitions between meta-thinking and micro-activities; Dr. Sequeira's modelling of transitions let me experience some new angles on that meta-micro balance. The course has also given me a some very solid jumping-off points, and a framework (or three), for setting out some new programme goals in the future: mental healthcare in humanitarian settings, adequate supervision and support for community workers in the field so they don't get burnt out or feel unsafe; better programme work for children. I don't necessarily know how to get to those places yet but I have more confidence in my ability to find out: again, good modelling of how to enable someone to leave with a sense of hope.

Louise Wills
Easy to digest and thorough

The class was well presented. The content covered was relevant and builds on the foundations of the original protocol from Ehlers and Clark. It allowed for time to reflect and learn and it was interactive. The observation of the role play was extremely valuable. The only criticism personally for me is that I work for a digital mental health service that delivers CBT via synchronous text, we work successfully with PTSD but this was quickly written off as not being suitable. Therefore I was unable to ask questions or open any discussion about possible adaptations and I felt unable to bring this up again.

Suzanne Powell

I was deeply impressed by the two day workshop. I am new to PTSD training as I have recently joined the Military Veteran's Team. There was a huge amount of information but it was presented in a very digestable manner. Heather was articulate, organised and professional throughout the whole two days. The subject matter was, of course, very heavy and I found myself thinking about the issues it raised long after the course had finished. I am very grateful for a better understanding of PTSD, how it affects different people and for having learned some very useful strategies to be able to help those experiencing PTSD to deal with symptoms in the here and now (Double breath) and also the longer term (Monkey brain). Thank you Heather. This really was a practice changing course for me. I cannot reommend it enough.

Justina Somal
Fantastic, Informative and Powerful Training

The PTSD Masterclass Workshop delivered by Dr Heather Sequeira has been the best training I have attended on PTSD. I was consistently engaged by the creative, dynamic structure of the workshop. I achieved clarity and increased confidence I was looking for, particularly using Ehler’s & Clarke’s model and understanding working with PTSD. The workshop integrated a great balance of learning methods. Felt enthusiastic and inspired afterwards. Thank you Heather.

Ping Yin Jason Chan
Informative and Excellent Practical Training

This was an awesome workshop. The training was so powerful that it was unforgettable how the Trauma-Focused CBT was in action with an actor playing the role of a difficult patient with PTSD.