zaterdag, 30. januari 2021, Ocean House, Post Graduate Diploma in Trauma & PTSD (Level 7 Counselling Training) 2021 Class

Uit 30. januari 2021 - 9:45
Tot 05. december 2021 - 17:30

Ocean House

Ocean House
United KingdomBracknellThe Ring
Beschrijving van de gebeurtenis
Post-Graduate Diploma in Traumatology & PTSD 2021

Level 7: Accredited by the National Council of Psychotherapists (NCP)

Implementing a systematic treatment approach for trauma and PTSD.

This course is run in Berkshire (now online, see note below) by the Course Director, Lucia Hall of ICS Limited (Integrative Cognitive Solutions). This course provides 120 hours of CPD (Continuous Professional Development).

The next intake will commence in January 2021. It is a programme of 20 days’ training, held on weekends, and participants will meet once each month for training workshops over either one or two days.  Dates are listed below. The full syllabus and course requirements are listed below. There is a fee to undertake this Post Graduate course.

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NOTE: Due to uncertainties created by the coronavirus pandemic - and because we had to make an early decision to allow people to plan - we have decided to teach this course online in 2021. We switched to online delivery of our courses when the lockdown came into effect, and this has been extremely well received by participants.

Course Overview

A 12-month part-time training programme for practitioners who are already qualified and established in their way of working. This course is designed for counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists and mental health professionals.

The Post-Graduate Diploma in Traumatology & PTSD was specifically designed by Lucia Hall, an experienced traumatologist, to address the shortcomings that she and her supervisees encountered in other trauma courses. So often courses give a vast amount of theoretical knowledge, but at the end participants still do not have a clear idea of how to practically treat complex trauma clients. This course will provide participants with clear, comprehensive and systematic procedures to effectively assess and treat trauma clients. The course includes two days of training dedicated to treating trauma in children, utilising an approach that has been effective with traumatised children throughout the world (please note that this alone will not qualify participants to work with children, they would also need to have general training for working with children).

The effective treatment of complex trauma is inherently integrative; as complex trauma is different from normal counselling or psychotherapy, it requires a separate approach. The process learned on this course can be used by practitioners trained in different counselling and psychotherapy models, although many of the techniques are in the cognitive realm. We encourage learning in a multidisciplinary environment where both theoretical differences and similarities are encouraged, where trainees can learn from each other as well as the course tutors

As this a postgraduate course it will be challenging, but the learning environment will be supportive and interesting with a lecturer who presents in an engaging manner.

 How is this course different from others?

This course is specifically designed to be different from others. Firsthand experience, as well as feedback from colleagues and supervisees, led Lucia Hall to write a course that would give participants the training necessary to implement a systematic, evidence-based treatment approach for diverse forms of trauma. Other courses tend to give a lot of theory from diverse trauma approaches, but leave participants without a clear idea of how to go about implementing a coherent treatment process.

 Another special feature on this course is that participants will have monthly supervision with Lucia Hall to ensure that they are both grasping the theory and also demonstrating how to implement the learning in practice.

 As the presentation of trauma is typically accompanied by co-morbid issues, this course ensures that participants will also be able to tackle these co-morbidities. Tackling such co-morbidities is frequently overlooked in other courses.

 The length of the course allows for trauma treatment skills to be covered in-depth and breadth, ensuring that participants are able to develop a comprehensive treatment approach.

Our new website is This site began construction just before the coronavirus lockdown, so only parts of it are currently working.

Alternatively, you may email Lucia Hall at email

Course Content

PTSD: Introduction to a Systematic Treatment Approach

Defining trauma

How PTSD develops

Evidence-based models for treating Trauma I and Trauma II

 Introduction to Imagery Approaches for Processing Trauma

The theoretical basis underlying an imagery approach to trauma treatment

The current evidence-base for this approach

 Definition, Diagnosis of Complex PTSD

Defining  PTSD and complex PTSD

The relationship between attachment styles and responses to trauma.

How to develop a therapeutic relationship in the process of complex (Type II) PTSD and simple (Type I) PTSD

 Assessment & Formulation of Complex PTSD

Completing a full assessment including PTSD diagnostic instruments.

Treatment problems that can arise during therapy

The clinical difficulties in constructing complex PTSD formulations

How to work with these difficulties

Demonstrate understanding and ability to work with complex PTSD

Safety, Stabilisation & Normalisation of Complex PTSD

The need for safety and stabilisation techniques with complex PTSD

Grounding techniques that can be used at the start, during and after a psychological process

The Neuroscience, Dissociation and the Psychopharmacology of PTSD

The neuroscience of trauma

The impact of dissociation in complex trauma

 An Evidence-Based Treatment for Type I PTSD

The theoretical underpinnings and research the effectiveness of this approach.

Imaginal exposure and in vivo exposure

An Imagery Approach for Treating Complex Type II PTSD

The theoretical basis underlying Imagery approaches to trauma and how they work with complex PTSD

Session-by-session components and delivery of treatment for complex PTSD

Demonstrate the use of imagery in clinical practice and supervision

 Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for Trauma & PTSD

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is a 12-session therapy that has been found effective for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other corollary symptoms following traumatic events. Although the research on CPT initially focused on rape victims, it has now been shown to be successful with a range of other traumatic events, including military-related traumas. It has been adopted as one of the main treatment approaches by the Veterans Administration (VA) in the USA.

Trauma and Comorbidities

Mood disorders

Traumatic nightmares

Spiritual health

******* ideation

 Other Approaches and Working with Specific Populations

Specific approaches to the management of traumatic stress in specific populations

The key elements of other trauma models: Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET), EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing), Trauma-Focused CBT, Cognitive Processing Therapy (for Rape Victims), Parks Inner Child Therapy (Imagery Rescripting), Lifespan Integration (LI), Phase-Based Treatment for PTSD, Levine’s Somatic Approach

 Trauma and Children: KIDNET

How PTSD manifests differently in children and adolescents

The value of the voice of the child, children’s rights and the UNCRC, in regard to PTSD treatment

How to facilitate children with in-vivo exposure in an empowering way

The importance of using child-friendly measures in the treatment of PTSD

 Clinical Requirement

Participants are required to complete at least 30 hours of documented clinical work with trauma clients during the course. This is to include at least 6 hours with a Type I trauma client and at least 6 hours with each of 2 Type II trauma clients.

The National Council of Psychotherapists (NCP)

This course is accredited by the National Council of Psychotherapists (NCP) and course participants who are not members of NCP will need to register as student members (£30).

The NCP is one of the longest established societies of its type in the United Kingdom, being formed in 1971 following the “Foster Report” on the statutory registration of psychotherapists.

The NCP is a National and International Association of therapists, mainly in private practice to whom the public may confidently refer. Most schools of psychological thought are represented and a wide variety of therapeutic approaches are offered.

Dates for the Course 2021   (Provisional)

30  Jan (Sat)         PTSD: Introduction to a Systematic Treatment Approach

31 Jan (Sun)        Attachment and the Definition and Diagnosis of Complex PTSD


27 Feb (Sat)        Assessment and Formulation of Complex PTSD – Part 1

28 Feb (Sun)        Assessment and Formulation of Complex PTSD – Part 2


21 Mar (Sun)        The Neuroscience, Dissociation and Psychopharmacology of PTSD


17 Apr (Sat)         Safety, Stabilisation and Normalisation of Complex PTSD – 1

18 Apr (Sun)        Safety, Stabilisation and Normalisation of Complex PTSD – 2


15 May (Sat)        Emotion Regulation for Trauma, PTSD & BPD

16 May (Sun)        An Evidence-Based Approach for Type I PTSD


12 Jun (Sat)         An Imagery Approach for Treating Complex Type II PTSD – 1

13 Jun (Sun)        An Imagery Approach for Treating Complex Type II PTSD – 2


17 Jul (Sat)          Trauma and Comorbidities 1A: Mood Disorders – Part A

18 Jul (Sun)         Trauma and Comorbidities 1B: Mood Disorders – Part B


25 Sep (Sat)         Trauma and Comorbidities 2: Traumatic Nightmares

26 Sep (Sun)        Trauma and Comorbidities 3: Treating ******* Ideation


16 Oct (Sat)         Cognitive Processing Therapy for Trauma - 1

17 Oct (Sun)        Cognitive Processing Therapy for Trauma - 2


13 Nov (Sat)         Treating Trauma in Children and Adolescents 1

14 Nov (Sun)        Treating Trauma in Children and Adolescents 2


05 Dec (Sun)        Other Approaches and Working with Specific Populations


To register your interest please complete the ticket section above and we will contact you. If you are interested in future dates, please also register your interest 

An application form can be downloaded from  or we can email one to you once you have registered your interest. Please note this is not a free course.

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