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CBT for Working with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (2 days)

A practical two 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 two-day course or as a part of the following modular courses, Approved by the British Psychological Society:

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.
Also this course is a module of the BPS Approved Certificate in Trauma Treatments.
Completion of this 2 day course counts towards BOTH modular courses.

Course outline:

  • 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?
  • 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
  • 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

This course is available for in-house training.
For further details on in-house training visit: http://www.sdsinhouse.co.uk

“I have now finished the second module and wanted to pass on my feedback: One of the best two days I've ever done. Evidence based and up to date. Many thanks.”
Dr Sione Marshall C.Psychol AFBPsS
Chartered Psychologist (BPS)
Registered Clinical Psychologist (HCPC)

Course Price:

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 on the day.

To book an Evidenced Reading Module for this course: Click Here

To book an Assessed Case Formulation Module for this course: Click Here

Additional Components of the Diploma:

Assessed Case Formulation

Evidenced Reading Hours


Additional Components of the Certificate in Trauma Treatments:

Recommended Viewing:

Working with PTSD: The Essential Guide - 3 CPD Hours

Using this 3 DVD training set both new and experienced therapists will gain a number of useful and practical skills in working with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
In the first DVD, expert in the field Dr Fiona Kennedy explores in conversation with Consultant Clinical Psychologist Paul Grantham, the essential aspects of assessment and treatment of PTSD, along with pros and cons of different approaches to working with clients who suffer this challenging condition. She gives practitioners working in the field many insightful and thoughtful suggestions on how to identify PTSD and explain the disorder to clients, as well as practical advice on therapeutic work, concentrating on CBT approaches to treatment, specifically reliving and cognitive restructuring. Fiona and Paul cover all aspect of the practicalities related to this approach from its introduction to the client to the timing of sessions, their length, frequency and follow-ups.

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  • Live video feed
  • Live presentation slides
  • Opportunity to ask questions
  • Opportunity to discuss the course with other delegates
  • Voting in polls
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CBT Diploma Modules
CBT: Introductory Course
(3 days course)
Approved by the British Psychological Society.
Case Formulation
(Online Course)
Behavioural Experiments
(Online Course)
Working with Depression
(1 day course)
Working with Phobias
(1 day course)
CBT for Couples
(2 days course)
CBT for Working with PTSD
(2 days course)
Using CBT Supervision
(Online Course)
Running CBT Groups
(Online Course)
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