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Trauma: Patterns of the past new

Essential trauma awareness training on the causes, symptoms and best ways to treat PTSD

Join our expert tutor live online to deepen your understanding of trauma and our responses to it – effective treatment and recovery is possible…

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Trauma: Patterns of the past

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  • Date: Thurs 8th December 2022

  • Length: 1 day (9.15am–4.00pm BST)

  • Tutor: Rosalind Townsend

  • Limited places available

  • CPD Certificate: 6 hours

  • Price: £145 per person

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Excellent course! I've worked with complex trauma for over 5 years and there was still plenty for me to take away...

Kat Marlow, Psychotherapist

Live Online Training Why do some people become traumatised and others not? What makes an event traumatic? Why are the symptoms of trauma so many and varied? What happens if someone freezes – or experiences a shutdown or dissociative response – during a traumatic event?  Join Ros Townsend live online on Thursday 8th December 2022 to find out the answers to these questions, and many more…  You’ll also have time to ask your own questions and benefit from the group discussions. Once you’ve booked you’ll receive emailed confirmation – you’ll get your Zoom link the day before the event.
Limited numbers – book soon to ensure your place.
EXTRA BONUS – the training is recorded, in case anyone experiences technical difficulties on the day, so you will also get a recording for a limited time afterwards to maximise your learning.

My favourite CPD so far. Brilliantly delivered!

Sonia Sweeney, Counsellor/ Wellbeing Mentor

This inspiring and helpful course with Ros Townsend, a highly experienced psychotherapist and trainer who specialises in treating trauma, will give you a clear, thorough understanding of how and why we can be impacted by traumatic events, what is happening in our brains, what causes post-traumatic stress (PTS) symptoms, why we respond in different ways (fight, flight, freeze or shutdown/dissociation), how to help someone who is suffering, when to seek professional help – and more.

Why take this course

Suffering from trauma, whether from a single incident or multiple events spread over the course of many years, can have a significantly detrimental impact on a person’s mental and physical health, and their quality of life. It can also greatly affect the lives of those around them.

Since the Covid-19 Pandemic, more people than usual have experienced extremely stressful, distressing and/or frightening events, and many are finding that it has left them with symptoms of post-traumatic stress which can, in themselves, be very frightening.

Recovery is possible – understanding is key

Understanding what causes PTSD symptoms, how our brains and bodies react to distressing events and what makes us vulnerable to becoming traumatised, are all key to successful recovery. This knowledge creates a firm foundation on which to build successful coping strategies and clarifies what needs to happen to enable successful self-help and recovery.

During the day you will also gain a clear understanding of how to spot the ‘early warning signs’ of trauma, before they go on to affect further areas of someone’s life, which red-flag signs indicate that it is time to seek professional help, and how trauma specialists are able to help people recover, from even the most difficult times, effectively – and lots more.

Jam-packed full of essential information and important insights, real-life case studies and tips, this course clarifies the different ways trauma can impact on people, leaving you better equipped to help support recovery and build resilience. It is an essential course for anyone who works with distressed people or who wishes to support someone they care for in their recovery from trauma, or for those simply wishing to better understand what they, or someone they care for, are experiencing.

You will have plenty of time to ask questions throughout the day as the course is designed as a balance between structured learning, group discussion and activities (it is a live, expanded version of our shorter online course: Understanding Trauma).

Ros is a brilliant teacher and presenter. She made the whole course interesting, engaging and informative as well as very supportive. She was also very patient with all our questions!

Gemma Rogers, Counsellor/Coach

What you will learn

  • A clear understanding of what trauma is – and the different survival responses we have evolved to help us deal with it
  • What happens in our brains when we experience a traumatic event
  • Why some people are affected by traumatic events, but not others
  • What makes something ‘a trauma’
  • What symptoms may indicate that someone has been traumatised
  • Why post-traumatic stress (PTS) occurs and the many different ways it can present
  • The physical and psychological causes of post traumatic stress symptoms such as flash backs, hypervigilance, anger, poor sleep, poor memory, physical pain, difficulty thinking, digestive problems, low mood, apparent over-reaction to non-threatening situations
  • Why PTS symptoms can develop years after a traumatic event
  • The fight, flight and freeze response – its impact on our brain and body, and why it can be triggered inappropriately
  • Why experiencing trauma in a passive survival state – such as freeze, shutdown or a dissociative state – can affect an individual particularly deeply
  • How high emotional arousal impacts on our ability to think clearly
  • Why our brains evolved this way
  • Why some people experience trauma in a passive survival state such as freeze, shutdown or a dissociative state – and why we shouldn’t feel ashamed or guilty if we do
  • The double whammy that comes with the ‘freeze’ response
  • Why some sufferers experience ‘shutdown’ or dissociation as a result of trauma – and how this can lead to feelings of shame or guilt
  • Why anger and other strong emotions can follow when someone comes out of a shutdown state during recovery from trauma
  • How traumatic memories can stay ‘live’, keeping us on constant alert for danger
  • ‘The straw that broke the camel’s back’: why one seemingly small event can tip someone into PTSD after years of exposure to other distressing events
  • The importance of pattern-matching in understanding how our brains work
  • Why post-traumatic stress triggers seemingly inappropriately extreme fear reactions
  • The far-reaching impacts of unresolved trauma, including the development of co-morbid conditions and unhelpful coping strategies, such as addictions
  • How unresolved trauma can lead to depression – the trauma / depression cycle
  • Differences when treating single incident trauma, multiple trauma or ‘complex trauma’
  • When to seek professional help – spotting the ‘red-flag’ signs that you, or someone you care for, might need further support
  • Where to find effective professional help
  • An understanding of how the rewind technique works; its many advantages and applications
  • The common elements of all effective treatments for post traumatic stress (PTSD)
  • How we need to adapt traditional approaches to treating trauma for those experiencing shutdown or dissociative symptoms in the present
  • Working holistically from the human givens approach
  • The natural way we recover from distressing events
  • What we all need as human beings to live emotionally healthy lives
  • How to best employ self-help strategies to support your own recovery or to help others’ suffering from the effects of trauma
  • How to build resilience and recover from symptoms
  • How to access the ‘recovery zone’
  • Using breathing techniques with clients suffering from trauma
  • Self-help strategies for improving your mental health and minimising traumatic symptoms
Please note

Please note

As the course deals with the subject of trauma, participants should be aware that discussion of specifically chosen examples of trauma and PTS symptoms will take place, for illustrative purposes, during the day.

These will be generic examples for teaching purposes, however, and will not go into unnecessary detail or be voyeuristic or inherently distressing. Participants on the course will not at any stage be expected or put under pressure to discuss or disclose details of any personal experiences of a traumatic nature that they may have had.

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This course is an expanded, live version of our shorter online course: Understanding Trauma.

Who this workshop is suitable for

  • Anyone interested in understanding trauma and the many different ways it can present, the physical and psychological causes of post traumatic stress symptoms (PTSD), and what can be done to help – whether for personal or professional reasons.
  • Anyone working with traumatised people including health and welfare professionals, such as: psychologists, counsellors, psychotherapists, mental health nurses, psychiatrists, school counsellors, student wellbeing officers, doctors, nurses, OTs, social workers, health visitors, youth workers, outreach, support workers, clinical psychologists, midwives, welfare officers, youth workers, hypnotherapists
  • Anyone working with traumatised members of public services, such as: firefighters, police, paramedics and military personnel
  • Family members of a traumatised individual who wish to understand more about how they can support their recovery or help them to access support
  • Individuals wanting to understand more about their own experience of symptoms relating to trauma and learn more about what effective support is available – you will find the information on this course hugely helpful.

Course Programme

The ‘Trauma: Patterns from the Past’ live online course starts at 9.15am and runs until 4.00pm (GMT).

Register your interest – next date

If you can’t make this course, please complete the form below and we’ll email you when another date becomes available.

Reviews for this course

4.9/5 (8 Reviews)
  1. Siyla Hannant, Counselling/Psychology Private Practice

    I was a newcomer to Human Givens, being introduced by a Human Givens practitioner because of our shared interest in PTSD. I had completed the short, on-line version of the course the day before, making extensive notes, and I’d found this really useful in helping to reinforce the principles I was learning. The live course was presented in a slightly different order, which in my opinion led to a more logical progression through the principles of the Human Givens approach and the ways in which it applies to trauma and PTSD therapy.

  2. Sonia Sweeney, Counsellor/ Wellbeing Mentor

    So far this was my favourite CPD. Brilliantly delivered!

  3. Human Givens Student

    The course was very comprehensive and extremely accessible. Rosalind explained things very clearly and many things I have puzzled about made absolute sense. I had many lightbulb moments. Rosalind is extremely confident and clear and is an excellent teacher with a wealth of knowledge. A fascinating lady and I will definitely book on her other courses. The breakout groups were extremely useful and everyone friendly and willing to share. I would definitely recommend the course to anyone.

  4. Human Givens Therapist

    Ros has a lovely, engaging presentation style. Even the recap of the HG emotional needs and rewind technique was done in an interesting way. It was nice to be able to access some of the resources that Ros uses with her clients and explain the fight/flight/freeze response. It was also good to have the different techniques needed to engage clients in freeze discussed.

  5. Psychologist & Psychotherapist

    Very thorough revision of important information for me, and Ros is an excellent presenter – a most engaging and interesting day.

  6. Therapist

    It was lovely to refresh and expand my knowledge on this topic. I felt that Ros guided us through this complex area at a pace that was comfortable for everyone. A very enjoyable and informative day, thank you for making it so interesting.

  7. Kat Marlow, Psychotherapist

    This was a really excellent course. I have worked with complex trauma for 5 years and there was still plenty for me to take away from today – new metaphors, visual material and the opportunity to share experiences with others.

  8. Stephen Pinsent, Psychologist

    For the portion I was able to attend (I will review the entire course when it is available) I was quite pleased with the topics, content, examples, pace, illustrations and examples, and opportunity to engage with other participants. I would recommend the course to colleagues of mine. As a trauma specialist, I see good value in the content of this course.

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