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
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.