Postgraduate Diploma in Traumatology & PTSD 
Implementing a systematic treatment approach for trauma and PTSD.
Level 7: Accredited by the National Council of Psychotherapists (NCP)
This course provides 102 hours of CPD (Continuous Professional Development).


Course Overview


A 12-month part-time training programme for practitioners who are already qualified and established in their way or working. This course is designed for counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists and mental health professionals.
. Course participants will meet once each month for training workshops over either one or two days. The course comprises a total of 17 days.

 

Postgraduate Diploma in Traumatology & PTSD 

Implementing a systematic treatment approach for trauma and PTSD.

Level 7: Accredited by the National Council of Psychotherapists (NCP)

This course provides 102 hours of CPD (Continuous Professional Development).

 

Course Overview

 

A 12-month part-time training programme for practitioners who are already qualified and established in their way or working. This course is designed for counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists and mental health professionals.

The 2017 intake is currently running and the next intake for this course will run for 12 months from January 2017. Course participants will meet once each month for training workshops over either one or two days. The course comprises a total of 17 days. Dates are listed below.

 

The PG Diploma in Traumatology & PTSD was specifically designed by Lucia Hall, an experienced traumatologist, to address the shortcomings that she and her supervisees encountered in other trauma courses. So often courses give a vast amount of theoretical knowledge, but at the end participants still do not have a clear idea of how to practically treat complex trauma clients. This course will provide participants with clear, comprehensive and systematic procedures to effectively assess and treat trauma clients. The course includes two days of training dedicated to treating trauma in children, utilising an approach that has been effective with traumatised children throughout the world.

The effective treatment of complex trauma is inherently integrative; as complex trauma is different from normal counselling or psychotherapy, it requires a separate approach. The process learned on this course can be used by practitioners trained in different counselling and psychotherapy models, although many of the techniques are in the cognitive realm. We encourage learning in a multidisciplinary environment where both theoretical differences and similarities are encouraged, where trainees can learn from each other as well as the course tutors.

 

As this a postgraduate course it will be challenging, but the learning environment will be supportive and interesting with a lecturer who presents in an engaging manner.

 

Attendance on this course is recognised by ESTSS (European Society of Trauma Stress Studies) and UKPTS (UK Psychological Trauma Society).

 

 

Course methodology

 

The course is designed for counsellors and psychotherapists who want to work with a high degree of knowledge and skill with trauma clients. Participants will need to engage in at least 30 hours of clinical practice with trauma clients, including at least 6 sessions with 2 different complex trauma clients.

In the USA, trauma treatment has been divided into two broad categories by traumatologists. Type I, or simple trauma, involves a singular traumatic event such as a car accident. Type II, or complex trauma, involves a number of separate traumatic events. Different approaches have been shown to be effective each of these types of trauma. Participants will learn to treat both types, but with a focus on complex trauma as the treatment is more challenging.

The course consists of theoretical, experiential and supervisory components. The theoretical input encourages critical engagement with the theory and practice of trauma treatment. Assessment is ongoing and aims to ensure that students are able to work with the dynamics and processes of trauma; that there is congruence between the student’s theoretical knowledge and their clinical practice. Teaching and supervisory methods emphasise the multi-layered, multi-faceted processes of trauma treatment.

 

Course philosophy and theoretical orientation

 

This course caters for a range of professionals who wish to develop their role as trauma specialists: counsellors, therapists or psychotherapists, psychologists, managers of clinical teams.  The syllabus covers treating adults as well as children and adolescents, the latter being addressed in a special two-day course utilising an approach that has been used throughout the world to help traumatised children and adolescents.

As mentioned, effective trauma treatment is integrative as it utilises techniques from a variety of schools of thought. The trauma treatment approach taught on this course is not tied to any one approach, but uses aspects of many. As such it may be utilised effectively by practitioners from diverse theoretical backgrounds. We appreciate the training and approach that course members bring. Onto that foundation we offer the opportunity to build a cohesive integrative way of working with trauma clients.

 

The course is taught at postgraduate level; course participants are expected to work academically on this basis. This includes the ability to evaluate theoretical concepts and a commitment to reflect critically and open-mindedly on one’s own process, philosophy, theoretical orientation and skills. Discussion in the full group or smaller groups is as important as the tutor-taught components. The experiential process of development encourages participants to learn from one another as well as from the course tutors. The integrative philosophy underpinning this course fosters a multidisciplinary environment where theoretical differences and similarities are creatively valued. Participants are encouraged to integrate the ideas from the course into a personally coherent model of trauma treatment.

 

Course Content

 

Clinical Requirement

 

Participants are required to complete at least 30 hours of documented clinical work with trauma clients during the course. This is to include at least 6 hours with a Type I trauma client and at least 6 hours with each of 2 Type II trauma clients.

 

The National Council of Psychotherapists (NCP)

 

This course is accredited by the National Council of Psychotherapists (NCP) and course participants who are not members of NCP will need to register as student members (£30).

 

The NCP is one of the longest established societies of its type in the United Kingdom, being formed in 1971 following the “Foster Report” on the statutory registration of psychotherapists.

The NCP is a National and International Association of therapists, mainly in private practice to whom the public may confidently refer. Most schools of psychological thought are represented and a wide variety of therapeutic approaches are offered.

 

 

 

 

How is this course different from others?

 

This course is specifically designed to be different from others. Firsthand experience, as well as feedback from colleagues and supervisees, led Lucia Hall to write a course that would give participants the training necessary to implement a systematic, evidence-based treatment approach for diverse forms of trauma. Other courses tend to give a lot of theory from diverse trauma approaches, but leave participants without a clear idea of how to go about implementing a coherent treatment process.

Another special feature on this course is that participants will have monthly supervision with Lucia Hall to ensure that they are both grasping the theory and also demonstrating how to implement the learning in practice.

As the presentation of trauma is typically accompanied by co-morbid issues, this course ensures that participants will also be able to tackle these co-morbidities. Tackling such co-morbidities is frequently overlooked in other courses.

The length of the course allows for trauma treatment skills to be covered in depth and breadth, ensuring that participants are able to develop a comprehensive treatment approach.

Attendance on this course is recognised by ESTSS (European Society of Trauma Stress Studies) and UKPTS (UK Psychological Trauma Society).

 

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