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Resilience: Prevention and Recovery from Traumatic Damage (2 days)

A two day course providing (1) a research based understanding of the role of resilience and (2) key practical skills for both prevention and recovery from traumatic damage. It draws on early work by Werner which explored how and why around a third of children do not develop problems despite growing up in traumatic and abusive environments right through to Frederickson’s work on the protective role of positive emotions in developing resilience.

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:

Areas covered include:

  • The key roles of diet, exercise and sleep are explored along with how to motivate your client to develop them
  • The psychological role of a “blaming” and inflexible thinking styles and how to help clients change these
  • How to help your client develop positive emotions towards past trauma such as benefit-finding, humour and optimism which have been found to have positive psychological and physiological protective effects
  • The role of group support and cohesion and how it can be used with both children and adults in recovery from trauma
  • How “survivor pride” can be developed in clients which enable a significant shift in both attitude towards past trauma as well as emotional reactions to such
  • Practical skills training relating to problem solving, personal goal setting and impulse control strategies are also outlined.
  • The development of perseverance in the face of trauma (in part) through the growth and articulation of personal values

Regarding the development of resilience in children in response to trauma, a number of successful programmes are shared through the two day course including:

  • Hart’s “Noble Truths” programme
  • Fantuzzo’s Resilient peer mentoring scheme
  • Penn Resiliency Program

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.


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).

Recommended Viewing:

Advances in Trauma Treatment Today - 2 CPD Hours

This Forum will offer fresh perspectives on how our basic understanding of trauma has developed since PTSD first became accepted as official diagnosis 30 years ago. Each presenter offers a 20-minute presentation in the compelling TED Talk style followed by the opportunity for further exchange and exploration with the audience.

Exclusive offer for SDS delegates: Save 15% on this DVD
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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
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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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