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PTSD Master Class Workshop # 16-17 June 2022 # 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: 9:30-16:00

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: 9:30 - 16:00

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

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.

Confidentiality

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.

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David Mort
PTSD Masterclass 16&17 June 2022

The training was delivered via Zoom. PTSD is prevalent within my field of practice (Early Intervention in Psychosis). This training will be invaluable. It was delivered in accordance with the mantra of "Goldilocks Window", i.e just right for my needs. Delivered with deft aplomb. Dr Sequeira's passion, compassion and expertise shone through like Blackpool through a stick of rock. The learning experience was enhanced by the use of an actor to marry up theoretical and empirical learning.
I cannot recommend this training enough

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GH
Learnt so much!

Increasing numbers of people I work with are presenting with PTSD and I felt that I needed to expand my skills in this area. This course is so well structured and the multiple opportunities to practice, both with fellow students and role-play with an actor, have really meant that I feel not only far more confident in my learning, but that I have really absorbed the material. I highly recommend this to anyone wanting to develop their clinical skills for PTSD.

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Anne C
Feeling more confident after this training!

I'd looked at a few trainings and am so pleased that I booked on this Masterclass with Heather. The material was comprehensive, grounded in research and wholly applicable to real-life therapy practice. I thought that two full days of online training would be intense but the structure kept me attentive and the role-play with the actor brought it all to life. I feel much more confident about working with trauma and I'm looking forward to putting the interventions into practice.

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J.H.
Strong evidence based training with knowledgeable and compassionate trainer

The PTSD Masterclass was a really comprehensive training with plenty of opportunity for skills development. The use of a live actor really allowed me to practice the learning and knowledge I'd gleaned from the two days. I would recommend this course without hesitation.

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Samantha Baker
Practical and Memorable

I enjoyed this course very much. It strikes a good balance between giving information and practical tools, analogies and techniques that therapists can incorporate into their client work. It also provides an opportunity to practice this within the course. The course contains a great mix teaching methods too. I would definitely recommend this course to others.

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Mary Goggin
OUTSTANDING LEARNING EXPERIENCE ( in shouty capitals!!!)

As a follow-on from 'The Essentials' workshop, Dr. Heather Sequeira's Master Class moves naturally onto PTSD and trauma in more depth. The information was delivered in appropriately sized sections, building knowledge (and confidence) at every stage. Dr. Sequeir actively encouraged to participate in all parts of the learning experience, especially the live case study using a very convincing actor..

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Miranda Wheeler
Fantastic skills workshop

As a Clinical Psychologist primarily using CBT and third-wave approaches, I found this workshop very helpful and would highly recommend it to others. The focus on skills practice through both observing and taking part in role-plays was particularly valuable and sets this workshop apart from many others.

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Helena
Excellent Quality

An excellent use of two days. As a new starter in this field it was extremely useful for me to hear from an expert and not only learn new information, but also learn how to use this information with clients via Dr. Sequeira's hands-on role play. There was a hired live-action 'client' with whom Dr. Sequeira had demonstrated her techniques and then allowed us to have a go if we wanted to. I would really recommend this course for clinicians of all levels to expand your knowledge and improve your skills.

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Dr Andrea Hewitt
Excellent workshop

I would highly recommend this excellent course. It was engaging, informative and one of the best 'hands on' training events I have attended. The key elements for me were the ways in which complex trauma formulations were demonstrated and the use of an actor to portray the realities of applying these clinical ideas. I came way feeling much more confident about explaining the complex neuropsychology of trauma to clients and the considerations that need to be given to reliving work.

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Ann Jennings
Engaging and Inspiring Workshop

This was a great workshop, engagingly presented and inclusive of all participants in a friendly but professional way. The demonstration and encouragement to practice simple, yet highly effective techniques and visual representations for the client of complex information were so helpful - demonstrating that complicated does not need to be impossible to explain. So many courses rely on lecture and other methods to relay information, but the use of an actor to put the learning into action was extremely powerful and will long stay in my mind. Dr Sequeira's approach and method have inspired me and I would not hesitate to recommend her courses.