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Post Graduate Diploma in Trauma & PTSD (Level 7 Counselling Training) 2018 Class

Integrative Cognitive Solutions (ICS Ltd)

Saturday, 13 January 2018 at 09:00 - Sunday, 16 December 2018 at 17:00 (GMT)

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Post-Graduate Diploma in Traumatology & PTSD 2018

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 by the Course Director, Lucia Hall of ICS Limited. This course provides 102 hours of CPD (Continuous Professional Development).

The next intake will commence in January 2018. It is a programme of 18 days’ training, usually at weekends and participants will meet once each month for training workshops over either one or two days.  The course comprises a total of 18 days. Dates are listed below. The full syllabus and course requirements are listed below. There is a fee to undertake this Post Graduate course.


Course Overview

A 12-month part-time training programme for practitioners who are already qualified and established in their way or 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.

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.


Attendance on this course is recognised by ESTSS (European Society of Trauma Stress Studies) and UKPTS (UK Psychological Trauma Society).

To read more about this course and to hear what past students say about the course.

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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


Trauma and Comorbidities

  • Mood disorders
  • Traumatic nightmares
  • Spiritual health
  • Suicide 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 2017 


 Dates for the Course (Provisional)


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


 22 Jan (Sun)    Definition and Diagnosis of Complex PTSD




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


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




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




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


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




 14 May (Sun)   Emotion Regulation for Trauma, PTSD & BPD




 11 Jun (Sun)    An Evidence-Based Approach for Type I PTSD




 15 Jul (Sat)     An Imagery Approach for Treating Complex Type II PTSD – 1


 16 Jul (Sun)     An Imagery Approach for Treating Complex Type II PTSD – 2




 23 Sep (Sat)    Trauma and Comorbidities 1A: Mood Disorders – Part A


 24 Sep (Sun)    Trauma and Comorbidities 1B: Mood Disorders – Part B




 14 Oct (Sat)    Trauma and Comorbidities 2: Traumatic Nightmares


 15 Oct (Sun)    Trauma and Comorbidities 3: Treating Suicide Ideation




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


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



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

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Do you have questions about Post Graduate Diploma in Trauma & PTSD (Level 7 Counselling Training) 2018 Class? Contact Integrative Cognitive Solutions (ICS Ltd)

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Saturday, 13 January 2018 at 09:00 - Sunday, 16 December 2018 at 17:00 (GMT)

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