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PTSD, Trauma & Beyond: the Essentials # 27 May 2021 # LIVE Webinar

Click Self or Org Funded

Interactive Skills Training with Live Observation   

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.  For REMOTE Therapy & Face-2-Face.

Trauma Expert: Dr Heather Sequeira; Consultant Psychologist & Clinical Traumatologist - LIVE interactive consultation.

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.

All workshops cover how to safely deliver therapy Remotely (as well as face-2-face) & the extra challenges posed by COVID19.

  • 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 research 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
    • Identify Acute Stress Disorder, PTSD & Complex PTSD responses & other clinical issues.
    • 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.

    Workshop itinerary: 6 Hours CPD

    Live Observation - Makes this Different from Other Training:

    Delegates will get the chance to observe 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. 

    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.

    Times: 9.30-4.00pm 
    Venue: Online LIVE Webinar via Zoom


    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 53 reviews
    Excellent workshop!

    I found the Trauma/PTSD Essentials workshop so valuable. It gave me some practical tools to take away, and as a result I feel more confident as a therapist. I also particularly liked the experiential part of it which is something missing in other workshops. I look forward to participate in future workshops with Heather.

    Excellent workshop for practical skills

    The Trauma/PTSD Essentials workshop was such a valuable training day. Although intense to cover the material online, Heather is so engaging and generous in sharing her knowledge and skill. Lots of practical ideas to take away and I’m looking forward to attending more of Heather’s training in the future.

    PTSD , Trauma and beyond

    Heather is such an excellent practitioner, really enjoyed the workshop and I particularly liked when at the second part a real case presentation took place. I would highly recommend her workshops.

    Valuable workshop

    This was a really interesting and valuable workshop. The use of an actor was the best part because it allowed us to observe a skilled clinician in action. I have taken away some very useful tips for my own practice. My only slight criticism was that the group work might have been better if there had been a few more people to contribute.

    Engaging & Formative Day

    I thoroughly enjoyed the session with Heather, who is wonderful at sharing her knowledge and experience but in an engaging and experiential way. I was a little apprehensive as I'm not a fully qualified therapist (as yet!) but I had nothing to worry about, Heather creates a relaxed learning environment which encourages participation. I loved the actor experiential learning which brought everything to life. Would highly recommend.

    PTSD Trauma & Beyond

    Having been a Psychologist for many years, I was expecting to know most of the theory behind this workshop, but to have it explained in such a non-medicalised and client centred way was incredibly powerful and like returning to it afresh. The interactive style of delivery, smaller discussion groups and practical skills sharing opportunities, made for a valuable and impactful learning experience.

    PTSD Trauma & Beyond: The Essentials

    Attending this course has been a valuable and enjoyable learning experience for me. Heather was engaging with her delivery and presented complex information in a user friendly way. The Zoom breakout rooms at the start were a great way to get to know others. I benefitted from the theoretical and practical aspects of this session and would definitely attend other courses that Heather is delivering. Highly recommended!

    PTSD Trauma & Beyond - My review

    I would have no hesitation in recommending this course to anyone who wanted to learn, or even upscale their knowledge on PTSD and trauma.

    I thought DR Sequeira’s delivery was outstanding and very informative. I thought I had a good understanding of PTSD and I learned so much more. I loved Heather’s confidence in her delivery and she really knows her stuff. I wasn’t sure if it was going to be a day’s lecture and how I was going to deal with that, but it was very interactive and we were encouraged to take part, but there was no pressure if anyone didn’t want to speak up.

    I loved that we were split into groups to do some work, which gave me a chance to meet other people and have the most amazing discourse too. I will definitely be attending more workshops with Heather as it was seriously one of the best one’s I have ever been to.. If you’re in any doubt whether to book a course, go for it as Heather is a master in her field.

    Thank you for the most amazing day
    Helen :-)

    PTSD Trauma & Beyond: The Essentials

    I recently attended this training via zoom. Without hesitation, I would recommend it to anyone who wants to develop their knowledge and skills. Heather’s training style is warm and welcoming making participation easy (that’s if you want to, but there isn’t any pressure to do so). There is a perfect balance between theory and practical skills, and the additional use of an actor/‘client’ to demonstrate how this is put into practice is brilliant. I am definitely booking the PTSD Master Class!

    PTSD, Trauma and Beyond

    This is one of the best courses I have attended. Being involved in working out a formula with the group and seeing this played out in action with an actor was so helpful to embed the learning. And some excellent tools to feel more confident working with PTSD and Trauma. Heather was lovely and extremely knowledgeable. I will be looking to attend future courses.