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Trauma: Psychopathology and Treatment (2 days)

This two day course provides a broad practical and theoretical overview of current approaches to treating trauma from a range of theoretical and therapeutic perspectives, such as Somatic Therapies, Porges' Polyvagal Theory, Adaptive Information Processing, EMDR and others.

Can be taken as an individual two-day course or as a part of a Certificate in Trauma Treatments, Approved by the British Psychological Society for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

4 Modules of the Certificate in Trauma Treatments:

This two day course provides a broad practical and theoretical overview of current approaches to treating trauma from a range of therapeutic perspectives:

  • The Somatic Therapies are explored through the work of Levine, Rothschild & Van Der Kolk. These focus on biological explanations and expressions of trauma; the concept of body and limbic system storage of trauma including body memories and "flashbacks"
  • The key role of Porges' Polyvagal Theory is outlined along with its implications for trauma treatment. Explanations and demonstrations of effective somatic techniques are provided, which are designed to eliminate and reduce client's body memories.
  • Differentiation between the following: Developmental Trauma Disorder, Simple Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder are also outlined along with the research base for these approaches.
  • Shapiro’s Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), its underlying theory of Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) model and its eight phase approach are outlined and demonstrated. Issues of controversy such as whether the novel eye movement element is a crucial part of outcome and whether, in practice, it differs in its treatment mechanism from CBT will be explored.
  • An overview of CBT treatment for Trauma is primarily addressed in contrast with the aforementioned other modalities, as detailed exposition of it is addressed in another module in the Certificate. Its evidence base and conceptual contrast are the main points of the course.

Video demonstrations of different treatment approaches represent a key element of this course.

This course is part of the training programme that enables you to complete the BPS Approved Certificate in Trauma Treatments. You can build up gradually your 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 Certificate.


“Thank you, Paul, for two exceptionally outstanding days. This is the first time that I have used Webcast and must say that I am very impressed. I feel better informed and more confident to use some of the techniques taught over the two days.”
Joyce Speed via SDS Interactive Webcast

"I have enjoyed all seminars/webinars provided by SDS Seminars LTD. Paul is a great presenter and conveys the content and meaning in an understandable way so that I always had the impression being present "in the room". Trauma is a difficult but important concept which is present almost every day in its different forms. I look forward to the other three seminars that are going to come. Thanks to Paul and those wonderful people around him who make the seminars a great and remaining experience."
Annelie Fleischer on SDS Seminars Ltd Facebook Page

“Just to say a big thank you for yesterday. Trauma can be considered to be such a difficult concept to deal with. However, it was good that you were able to deliver the Psychopathology & Treatment session, in such a way that it was easy for me to grasp the main points. It can affect different people in different ways, based on e.g., type of trauma, life`s experience, personality type, beliefs etc. FREEZE response is new to me, happy to know more about it. Also the idea that Trauma could be viewed as a Memory problem was very interesting. Thank you.”
Andrea Levene via SDS Live Webcast

Early Bird Price: £275 + VAT (£330) 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: £290 + VAT (£348).

Certificate of Attendance:
You receive a Certificate of Attendance for 14 CPD training hours for individual 2 days course if you sign in on both days (attending in person) or have full attendance record (attending via webcast).

BPS Approved Certificate in Trauma Treatments requires attendance of all training modules in person or via webcast, plus completion of the separate online test (75% pass).

SDS Live Webcast

Be part of SDS events via our interactive live WEBCASTS:

  • Live video feed
  • Live presentation slides
  • Opportunity to ask questions
  • Opportunity to discuss the course with other delegates
  • Voting in polls
  • Additional resources online
Click here to learn more and book.

Course Leader:

Paul Grantham
Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Paul Grantham is a clinical psychologist with vast clinical and training experience. With degrees from Oxford University and the University of Sussex, Paul trained as a Clinical Psychologist at Liverpool University. He has worked extensively within the NHS for many years as a clinical psychologist within a wide variety of services and headed one of the first UK research projects designed to help clients withdraw from benzodiapine addiction. He has subsequently worked in primary care, mental health, forensic, substance misuse and physical health as both a clinician and manager. He has trained staff in health care, social services, local government and education around the UK and abroad. Over 90,000 professionals have worked directly with him. Paul has also designed and facilitated clinical supervision systems across a number of UK services. He has a wide range of current interests including: client resistance, resource based therapies and personality disorders. He has also presented and written on a range of psychological issues - from psychological interventions post-stroke to the application of solution focused work with complex clients.

Paul is the founder and Director of SDS Ltd and one of the most popular and inspirational tutors in the field of psychological skills training. Paul is the author or editor of over 34 training films within the psychotherapy training field over the last decade and both commissions and provides training in a range of contemporary psychotherapy fields. Paul commissioned SDS Seminars’ BPS Approved Introduction to CBT – a course which has recently (June 2015) seen its 1000th student successfully complete. The BPS Approved Essential Clinical Supervision Skills devised and delivered by Paul is one of the very few non-university based Supervision courses which confers eligibility to the BPS’ Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors.

Paul is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, a Senior Associate of The Royal Society of Medicine and is an Accredited CBT Therapist. An extremely informed, clinically experienced and humorous speaker he is known for his emphasis on the practicalities rather than just the theory of client-based work.

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