Cognitive Therapy for PTSD with Professor Anke Ehlers

2 days 8:00am – 4:00pm 14 CPD hours

Course Brief

SDS Live Interactive Webcast

In association with Centre for Cognitive Psychotherapy Luote Ltd, Finland, this Masterclass is presented by Professor Anke Ehlers. This day is available to psychotherapists, psychologists, psychiatrists and other mental health professionals interested in cognitive therapy for PTSD.

Professor Anke Ehlers, has received several awards for her work on posttraumatic stress disorder, including the Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Clinical Psychology, American Psychological Association and the Wilhelm Wundt-William James Award, awarded jointly by the European Federation of Psychology Associations and the American Psychological Foundation.

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Treatment guidelines recommend trauma-focused cognitive behavioural treatments as treatments of choice for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Cognitive Therapy for PTSD is a version of these treatments that builds on Ehlers and Clark’s (2000) cognitive model of PTSD.

This model suggests that people with PTSD perceive a serious current threat that has two sources, excessively negative appraisals (personal meanings) of the trauma and / or its sequelae and characteristics of trauma memories that lead to reexperiencing symptoms. The problem is maintained by cognitive strategies (such as thought suppression, rumination, safety-seeking behaviours) that are intended to reduce the sense of current threat, but maintain the problem by preventing change in the appraisals and trauma memory, and / or lead to increases in symptoms.

Cognitive Therapy for PTSD has been shown to be highly effective and acceptable to patients. It has three goals:

  • First, the idiosyncratic personal meanings are identified and changed. Therapeutic techniques include identification of hot spots during the trauma and associated meanings, socratic questioning, and behavioural experiments.
  • Second, the trauma memory is elaborated. Idiosyncratic personal meanings of the trauma are updated with information that corrects impressions and predictions at the time, using a range of techniques. In stimulus discrimination training, the patient learns to discriminate triggers of reexperiencing symptoms from the stimuli that were present during the trauma.
  • Third, the patient experiments with dropping maintaining behaviours.

**The workshop will give case examples to illustrate the different aspects of the model. Techniques used in the treatment are described and illustrated with clinical and video materials.

Implications for Everyday Practice
Posttraumatic stress disorder is commonly seen in clinical practice. The workshop will equip participants with clinical tools to address the disabling reexperiencing symptoms that characterise this disorder.

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We now have just finished negotiating an additional benefit for this event.

It will now be available for 60 days online to those who book the training in advance. So, if you can’t make the whole of the training or maybe even any of it, you can still access it for 60 days afterwards.

But only if you book on the live event!

This recording will NOT be available for purchase AFTER the event. So if you want to join this unique event, book now.

We've negotiated a special price for Webcast Participants £292.50 + VAT (£351) for 2-day course. (Regular price £450 + VAT (£540) for 2-day course.)

Key Learning Objectives

Participants will learn to:

  • Identify important characteristics of trauma memories and their triggers,
  • Identify key processes that maintain PTSD,
  • Develop an idiosyncratic version of the treatment model with their patients,
  • Identify ways of changing problematic meanings in PTSD.
  • Identify ways of integrating changed meanings into trauma memories.

Course Times (UK Times):

4 June 2020, Thursday: 08.00-16.00 workshop

5 June 2020, Friday: 08.00-16.00 workshop

We now have just finished negotiating an additional benefit for this event.

It will now be available for 60 days online to those who book the training in advance. So, if you can’t make the whole of the training or maybe even any of it, you can still access it for 60 days afterwards.

But only if you book on the live event!

This recording will NOT be available for purchase AFTER the event. So if you want to join this unique event, book now.

We've negotiated a special price for Webcast Participants £292.50 + VAT (£351) for 2-day course. Regular price £450 + VAT (£540) for 2-day course.

Course Tutor

Prof Anke Ehlers
Professor of Experimental Psychopathology at the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, UK

Professor Anke Ehlers, Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow and Professor of Experimental Psychopathology at the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, UK. She has received several awards for her work on posttraumatic stress disorder, including the Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Clinical Psychology, American Psychological Association and the Wilhelm Wundt- William James Award, awarded jointly by the European Federation of Psychology Associations and the American Psychological Foundation.