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Working with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

A practical one day course for those who work with survivors of trauma, from RTA to childhood abuse. The day combines an overview of the current understanding of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) with case discussion, demonstration and treatment.

Can be taken as an individual one-day course or as a part of a Master Practitioner Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Approved by the British Psychological Society Learning Centre.

Identifying PTSD : What It Is and What It Isn’t

As well as being referred specifically for PTSD, many clients have recent or past trauma in their histories. A knowledge of symptoms characterizing PTSD will help the practitioner choose the right direction and intervention techniques for therapy.

  • What is PTSD? The Big 3 - hyperarousal, reliving and avoidance
  • What are the symptoms?
  • How do I know if my client has PTSD?
  • How do I tell my client about PTSD?
  • How effective is treatment for PTSD?

Making Sense of PTSD

An understanding of how trauma leads to PTSD symptoms helps the practitioner conceptualise the case and explain the often frightening and disabling symptoms to the client. ‘One-off’ traumas such as a car accident require a different approach to multiple early abuse. Delegates will learn how to successfully work with these

  • Models of PTSD inc. Clark and Ehler’s
  • PTSD and the brain
  • Type I and Type II PTSD
  • Abuse survivors and PTSD

Treating PTSD

Discussing the trauma in an unstructured, conversational way, generally does not work. Worse, it can re-traumatise the client and lead to an increase in distressing symptoms such as flashbacks and dissociation.

  • What works for PTSD
  • How not to make things worse
  • How do I deal with flashbacks?
  • Special requirements for work with abuse survivors
  • Reliving and EMDR approaches
  • Changing thoughts and behaviour
  • Relapse prevention

This course is part of the training programme that enables you to complete the BPS Approved Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. You can build up gradually your CBT training portfolio by attending all the courses within the programme at the pace that suits you. All your training hours will be calculated, recorded in an individual validated log and accumulated towards your full Diploma.

 

Early Bird Price: £120 + VAT (£144) per delegate to include refreshments and course materials. This discount is available on bookings made more than 1 month prior the course date event.
Regular Price: £140 + VAT (£168).

Certificate of Attendance:
You receive a Certificate of Attendance for 7 CPD training hours on the day.

Reading List for this Module: Click Here

Assessed Case Formulation for this Module: Click Here

Additional Components of the Diploma:

Assessed Case Formulation

Evidenced Reading Hours

Supervision

Course Outline:

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE THE COURSE

IMPORTANT! THIS IS A BPS APPROVED COURSE AND ALL THE TRAINING HOURS OF THIS COURSE SHOULD BE COMPLETED IN ORDER TO QUALIFY FOR THE BPS APPROVED CERTIFICATE.
Please make sure that you arrive in time for 9.30 AM start (sharp!). Your late arrival might result in you not been eligible for the BPS Approved Certificate.
The same applies to the finish times. Make sure that your travel arrangements enable you to be present until 4.30 PM every day of the course.
We very much appreciate your co-operation on this matter.

Every day consists of the morning session (starting at 9.30 AM sharp!) and afternoon session (finishing at 4.30 PM strictly).
Refreshments provided during your morning (11.15) and afternoon (14.45) break.
Lunch break (1 hour) – lunch by own arrangements (12.30 – 13.30).

Due to the INTENSIVE NATURE of this training we advise you to have extra drinks of water with you and layers of clothing to adjust effectively to the temperature in the room.

• Introductions, aims for day
• Identifying PTSD : What it is and what it isn’t
• The Big 3 - Hyperarousal, Reliving and Avoidance
• What are the symptoms?
• Pairwork
• How do I tell my client about PTSD?
• Abuse survivors and PTSD
• Type I and Type II PTSD
• PTSD and the brain
• Clark and Ehler’s model
• Pair work
• What works for PTSD
• How not to make things worse
• Working with abuse
• Dealing with flashbacks inc. pair work
• Demonstration and feedback
• Reducing avoidance of traumatic event
• Plan reliving
• Demonstration and feedback
• Hotspots and emotions
• Case Planning pair work
• Feedback
• Final Q & A
• Review of day

Course Leader:

Dr. Fiona C. Kennedy
Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Fiona Kennedy has a vast clinical experience in mental health (from anxiety through eating disorders and PTSD, to psychosis and personality disorders) and learning disability fields. Fiona’s main orientation for many years has been Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). She was a Board Member/Trustee for the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP). She has extensive experience of teaching and presenting, giving regular input to doctoral training programmes and teaching other professionals. Amongst many other research projects she has studied dissociation after trauma that led to a new theoretical model and scale, as well as innovative new treatments. The creation of an effective treatment service for self-harming, suicidal, ‘revolving door’ inpatients was quoted as an example of national excellence by the governments’ National Audit Office in its House of Commons report ‘Safer Patient Services’ 2005. She has presented her research at many national and international conferences and received an award for clinical excellence from BUPA. With her deep knowledge of the subject and outstanding leadership qualities Dr Fiona Kennedy is a truly inspirational tutor.

Course Modules
CBT: Introductory Course
(3 days course)
Approved by the British Psychological Society Learning Centre.
Case Formulation
(1 day course)
Behavioural Experiments
(1 day course)
Working with Depression
(1 day course)
Working with Phobias
(1 day course)
Working with Psychosis
(2 days course)
Working with PTSD
(1 day course)
CBT with Complex Cases
(1 day course)
Using CBT Supervision
(1 day course)
Running CBT Groups
(1 day course)
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