Trauma: Psychopathology and Treatment

Can be taken as an individual course or as a part of:

Approved by the British Psychological Society for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

2 days 9:30am – 4:30pm 15 CPD hours

Course Brief

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Many of our clients have negative beliefs about themselves, others and the world. They make negative predictions which inhibit them from flourishing and which maintain their anxiety, low mood or poor self-esteem. Behavioural experiments are a key technique for helping clients to discover the reality behind their beliefs and to achieve successful personal change. This practical one day course will enable delegates to learn how to successfully design and use behavioural experiments with their clients, hence adding a powerful psychotherapeutic tool to their armoury.

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.

This course is part of the BPS Approved Certificate in Trauma Treatments. You can gradually build up 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.

Try the First Chapter of this online course absolutely FREE!

Many of our clients have negative beliefs about themselves, others and the world. They make negative predictions which inhibit them from flourishing and which maintain their anxiety, low mood or poor self-esteem. Behavioural experiments are a key technique for helping clients to discover the reality behind their beliefs and to achieve successful personal change. This practical one day course will enable delegates to learn how to successfully design and use behavioural experiments with their clients, hence adding a powerful psychotherapeutic tool to their armoury.

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.

CPD 15 Hours

SDS Accreditation for BPS Approved Certificate Courses (Modular Courses):

The Levels below refer to the accreditation you acquire by attending the BPS Approved Certificate in Trauma Treatments.

Level 1 (Foundation Stage) is the foundation level that you obtain by attending any of the modules comprising the above Certificate, but not all, via live training or live/recorded webcast.

This level gives you a Certificate of Attendance, as well as access to the course materials and other resources, including SDS FREE TUTORIALS on the topic, and enables you to state in your CV that you have that you are on the path towards your SDS Accreditation in Trauma Treatments and currently have achieved Level 1 (Foundation).

This level lasts for 3 years, after which you cannot make the above statements and access course resources.

This level is extended as you progress with your training for the Certificate. Doing each next module within the 3 year period from the previous one, extends this level for another 3 years. Completing all 4 modules of the Certificate moves you up to the next level of SDS Accreditation.

This level is renewable by sitting an online refresher course or attending a live course/webcast. Should you wish to do it before 3 years lapsed - you can book your refresher at 50% price. Should you wish to attend the original module again after the three years - the full course price is applied.

SDS Accreditation, Level 2 (Assessed Academic Competence) is the level of accreditation you obtain by attending all modules of an SDS Modular Course via live training or live/recorded webcast and passing an appropriate online exam for each of them.

This level of accreditation gives you a BPS Approved Certificate in the appropriate subject, as well as access to the course materials and a lifetime access to SDS Free Tutorials on the topic. It also enables you to state in your CV that you have Level 2 (Assessed Academic Competence) SDS Accreditation as a Practitioner in Trauma Treatments.

Your accreditation currently lasts for 3 years, after which you cannot make the above statements and access course resources.

This level of accreditation is renewable by continuing your training on in trouma-related topics with SDS Seminars. Attending each of this topics extends your accreditation by another three years. These courses are booked at the advertised prices.

You also can extend by re-doing any course within the Certificate. Should you do it within the 3 years, your access to these refresher courses is discounted by 50%.* Should you let your accreditation lapse, you pay the full price for the refresher training.

SDS Accreditation, Level 3 (Clinical Proficiency) is as Level 2, with the addition of:

  • Submitting a project of an acceptable standard (3,000 words) at the end of your Certificate training. The purpose of the project is to illustrate that you can apply the academic knowledge gained from the course to a clinical situation.
  • Submitting a written statement from your Clinical Supervisor confirming the regularity and duration of your supervision with them and your Competence as a clinician in the chosen topic. Your Clinical Supervisor should meet our qualification criteria.

This level of accreditation gives you a BPS Approved Certificate in the appropriate subject, as well as access to the course materials and other resources. It also enables you to state in your CV that you have Level 3 (Clinical Proficiency) SDS Accreditation as a Practitioner in Trauma Treatments.

You also will be given an option to be listed in the SDS Register of Qualified Practitioners in the appropriate field – our Network of Qualified Practitioners.

Your accreditation currently lasts for 5 years, after which you cannot make the above statements and access course resources.

This level of accreditation is renewable by continuing your training on in trouma-related topics with SDS Seminars. Attending each of this topics extends your accreditation by another three years. These courses are booked at the advertised prices.

You also can extend by re-doing any course within the Certificate. Should you do it within the 3 years, your access to these refresher courses is discounted by 50%.* Should you let your accreditation lapse, you pay the full price for the refresher training.

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Course Tutor

Prof Paul Grantham
Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Professor of Clinical Psychology at PSMedUniv, Director of SDS Seminars

Paul Grantham, Chartered Clinical Psychologist, a Senior Associate of The Royal Society of Medicine, Accredited CBT Therapist, Honorary Professor of Clinical Psychology.He is the founder and Director of SDS Ltd and one of the most popular and inspirational tutors in the field of psychological skills training.

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