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CBT for Working with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with Dr Andrew Beck – 14 CPD Hours

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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.

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.

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

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

Course tutor

Dr Andrew Beck.
Past President of BABCP, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester, lead on the Children and Families module of the Manchester Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Senior Lecturer on the Children and Young People’s Talking Therapies programme, Member of the BABCP Scientific Committee and is the former Chair of the Equality and Culture Special Interest Group of the BABCP.

Course structure

  • Full course video
  • Full course materials as a PDF (downloadable)
  • Personalised Certificate for 14 CPD Hours