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PTSD, Trauma & Beyond: the Essentials # 14 June 2022 # LIVE Interactive Webinar

Click Self or Org Funded

Interactive Skills Training with Live Observation   

From the cutting edge, where therapy meets neuroscience: 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.  

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 73 reviews
    Highly recommended

    Great learning experience, even though I was primarily attending as a refresher and was familiar with a fair bit of the content. Despite being based in psychological and neuroscientific research, the workshop was extremely practical with great opportunities for skills practice, clinical tips and a highly interactive and engaging approach. Highly recommended.

    Sophie Alderson
    Fantastic trauma workshop

    Has to be some of the best training I have received. Heather has a fantastic way of encouraging group involvement, whilst making it clear from the offset there is no obligation to answer questions or be involved in the role play should you wish to sit back and listen. Heather has some amazing analogies that can resonate with clients and I came out of it better grounded in the neuroscience behind trauma and how to treat single-event trauma. I feel very fortunate to have received this training and would recommend it to anyone with an interest in the area of trauma.

    Really Helpful and Interactive Worshop

    I've found this workshop really beneficial. There's a good mix of teaching and interactive learning, good tips for making complex psychoeducational information accessible and clear
    and it's pitched well for those who are already trained Cognitive Behavioural Therapists or Psychologists. The inclusion of an actor really helps facilitate learning through observation and practice in a realistic yet safe way.

    Bonita Ackerman du Preez
    Fabulous 2 days

    I cannot recommend this course more highly. Heather's ability to explain and describe techniques and concepts are fantastic. There is so much I will carry forward in my work. I look forward to doing the next course with her.

    Alison Jillott
    Enjoyable Workshop

    I was keen to enhance my learning on trauma, and this workshop delivered. It was informative, interesting and enlightening. I also found the case video very useful and relevant. This learning will be very useful for application to my clients who present with suicidal ideation and trauma-related symptoms. Thanks for an enjoyable day.

    Lisa Gurr
    Great workshop

    Although I knew some of this content already regarding PTSD, it validated my knowledge. The work on the brain and the use of the actor as a client has been invaluable. Heather is very knowledgeable and interacting with us throughout, involved all of us, but there was no pressure from her. I have gained some techniques that I will be using in my practice with my clients and one of the many things I am taking away from me today is - too much talking in therapy not enough doing. I have also picked up a few CBT techniques as well. What more can I say.
    Its a must .

    Charles Rowley
    Excellent Workshop

    Heather is an excellent teacher and provides a workshop with both a sound theoretical base and an excellent practical application through the role play. I was very impressed to learn new things about trauma and PTSD, having been working with trauma for some time in my practice. I also enjoyed the takeaway simplicity of how to involve clients in the neuroscientific learning component. 5-stars and I’ll be doing the other workshops for sure!

    Consistently gives practical ways forward that will make a difference to the lives of our clients.

    First rate workshop addressing both theory and application to trauma so clearly. Heather is a highly knowledgable and warm teaching and generously shared her wisdom. The material never gets bogged down in jargon or powerpoint but consistently gives the practical ways forward that will make a difference to the lives of our clients. The live actor was astounding and totally convincing as a client attending therapy for the first time. I kept forgetting that this was not an actual client.

    Engaging and Informative

    I valued both the pace and content of this workshop. The work with the client added a really useful dimension, as did the videos. The information was presented clearly and compassionately.

    Mary Goggin
    Ticks all the boxes

    This workshop exceeded my expectations. tt was fully interactive, full of easy-to-understand relevant information. I felt I was learning not being fed with information. Heather's skills at sharing her knowledge are only surpassed by her passion for the subject. Excellent value for money.