Using Trauma Focused CBT to work with PTSD

This two day workshop will offer participants a firm foundation for working with PTSD using Trauma-Focused CBT, underpinned by a relational philosophy. Current theories of PTSD and the role of memory processes in the maintenance of PTSD will be explored, along with case formulation and treatment. The CBT process of Reliving will be explored in detail. Reliving is regarded as the gold standard by many in the treatment of PTSD and also supported by a substantial evidence base. Delegates will learn how to use Reliving in a sensitive, safe way that respects the relationship between client and therapist.

The workshop will take place on 30 & 31 January - attendence at both days is mandatory.

Timetable:

09:30 Registration/Tea and Coffee
10:00 Workshop starts (there will be a 30min break for lunch)
16:30 Workshop ends

Details

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a severe anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to any event that results in psychological trauma. Diagnostic symptoms for PTSD include re-experiencing the original trauma  through flashbacks or nightmares, avoidance of stimuli associated with the trauma, and increased arousal - such as difficulty falling or staying asleep, anger, and hypervigilance.

The workshop is a ‘how to do trauma focused CBT’ and draws on the clinical models of Ehlers and Clark, and theoretical models of Brewin et. al. (1996)

Day 1 will offer participants a firm foundation for working with PTSD using CBT, based on comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge and underpinned by the humanistic base that we value as Counselling Psychologists. Contemporary theories of PTSD , including the Ehlers & Clark (2000) model and the role of memory processing in the maintenance of PTSD will be discussed. Assessment, formulation and treatment will be covered. Teaching will include presentation, interactive discussion, practical exercises, role play and discussion of anonomised case material.

Day 2 will  focus on treatment of PTSD.  Work will focus on the Ehlers & Clark (2000) model and the CBT process of Reliving. Reliving is regarded as the gold standard by many in the treatment of PTSD. It is also supported by a substantial evidence base. Delegates will learn how to use reliving in a sensitive way that respects the relationship between client and therapist and respond to the complexities of PTSD in a creative, ethical and effective manner.  Teaching will include presentation, interactive discussion, practical exercises, role play and discussion of anonomised case material.

Learning outcomes and objectives 

Participants will:

  • Have a firm foundation for working with PTSD using Trauma-Focused CBT, underpinned by a relational philosophy
  • Understand the Dual Representation Model of PTSD by Brewin et al. (1996)  and the Ehlers and Clarks (2000) CBT model of PTSD
  • Feel confident to assess for PTSD and  to formulate a case of PTSD
  • Be able to offer the therapeutic interventions of: Reliving, cognitive restructuring, updating of the traumatic hotspots and implementing behavioral experiments
  • Understand how to plan for maintaining therapy gains.

The course is suitable for psychologists who work with PTSD and would like to improve their skills and competencies.

Facilitator: Dr Heather Sequeira

Dr Sequeria specialises in assessment and treatment of  PTSD following adult trauma. She conducted her PhD (University of London) in the field of psychological trauma, has published articles on traumatic experience in leading international journals (including the British Journal of Psychiatry) and has presented at international conferences. In addition to her specialist trauma practice, Heather is employed in the NHS and as a visiting lecturer and research tutor on a number of Counselling and Clinical Psychology courses. Her highly interactive and informative style has received excellent feedback from all the courses that she has taught upon. Dr Sequeria brings anonomised case material to workshop discussions from my practice.

Booking information

Fees:

  • DCoP Members: £120 + VAT
  • DCP members: £120 + VAT
  • Society members: £170 + VAT
  • Society non-members: £220 + VAT

How to book:

To pay by cheque or request an invoice complete and return the registration form.

Please note that we are only able to accept invoice requests more than 6 weeks before the event date.

Location: 
Dates: 
30/01/2012 - 31/01/2012
Contact Information: 

BPS Learning Centre

Tel: +44 (0)116 2529925

Organiser: 
Division of Clinical Psychology, Division of Counselling Psychology & BPS Learning Centre