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

NB! - Course runs for 2 (TWO) consecutive days from the date advertised.

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:

SDS Live Webcast:
CBT for Working with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - Recording

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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: £250 + VAT (£300) 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: £280 + VAT (£336).

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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Course Outline:


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.

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 government’s 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.

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