2-day workshop

Effective treatment for Trauma (PTSD) and Phobias

The Rewind Technique – an essential skill for all mental health professionals

The refined version of the Rewind Technique  you will learn on this 2-day workshop is an extremely safe and reliably effective psychological intervention for treating trauma and phobias

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The Rewind Technique – Effective treatment for trauma (PTSD) and phobias

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  • Price: £384 per person

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Wed 16th–Thurs 17th February, Bristol – book online now or call our friendly team on 01323 811690 for further details.

Life-changing! A great weight has been lifted off my shoulders.

Nurse (Previously traumatised by a car accident)
Course requirements

Course requirements

Before attending this course you must complete our Guided Imagery and Visualisation workshop. This is to ensure that you have the necessary skills for practising the rewind technique safely and effectively.  You would also find it useful to attend the Therapeutic Power of Language workshop beforehand if you can. All 3 workshops count towards Part 1 of the HG Diploma.

Why take this course

Even the most severe phobic and post-traumatic stress (PTSD) symptoms can be successfully removed using the version of the Rewind Technique you will learn on this 2-day course.

Easy to learn – under the careful guidance of an expert tutor – this is one of the most important skills you need to be able to work successfully with any anxiety disorder and an essential therapeutic technique to have in your ‘toolkit’.

Using the rewind technique you can, in often as little as one or two sessions, detraumatise bad memories, stop flashbacks and other PTSD symptoms, cure phobias, banish nightmares and reduce anxiety so you can help the victims of abuse, rape, violence, car accidents, fire, terrorism and panic attacks, heart attacks and other life-threatening experiences.

It is also invaluable for helping people who have suffered persistent physical or sexual abuse, and people with OCD.  People suffering from other conditions, such as depression, addictions or uncontrollable anger, may have experienced a traumatic event, which needs to be successfully detraumatised in order for them to move on with their lives.

A huge benefit of this technique is that it is non-intrusive – there is no need for individuals to go into the specific details of the events that have traumatised them.  This helps avoid embedding the trauma further and also helps protect therapists and counsellors from being indirectly traumatised themselves.

Those who have done this course have already brought relief to thousands of people.   (case history)

This has huge potential to change people's lives for the better. I can't wait to put what I've learnt here to good use.

Psychiatric Support Worker

What will you learn

  • The ability to detraumatise people quickly and safely
  • The necessary skills to remove even severe phobias
  • A clear understanding of the fear response and how PTSD and phobias develop
  • The detrimental impact traumas and phobias can have on a person’s life
  • The crucial role of the pattern-matching processes in the brain in triggering phobic responses and post traumatic stress symptoms
  • Why critical incident debriefing increases the incidence of PTSD
  • How the main treatment techniques for treating post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), sub-threshold trauma and phobias (including EMDR, EFT and CBT) work – their advantages and disadvantages
  • Why this version of the rewind technique is safer and more reliable
  • Trauma-focused rewinding: The psycho-biological reason why the refined rewind technique works so consistently well
  • A step-by-step breakdown of the essential stages of the rewind technique
  • The chance to see a live demonstration of removing a phobia or PTSD symptoms in one session
  • Under careful guidance from the tutor, participants practice each stage of the technique in pairs
  • You then practice the entire process with other course participants, again under supervision
  • Abreactions – and what to do if this occurs with a client
  • The advantages of using a non-intrusive psychological technique to treat trauma, PTSD and phobias
  • Knowledge of when not to use this technique – and what can be done instead
  • ‘Complex Trauma’: How the technique was used in a complex case of a girl who was seriously affected by childhood racial and sexual abuse, the murder of two friends and witnessing another friend’s suicide. (We view a filmed therapy session and subsequent follow up session, by which time all symptoms had disappeared.)
  • How you can carefully apply this technique to relieve a huge range of anxiety disorders
  • Greater confidence in dealing with anxiety disorders and distress caused by trauma, phobias and flashbacks
  • Plenty of opportunity to ask questions and to experience and practice, under careful guidance, the various stages of the rewind technique yourself

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Good to know

Good to know

This is a powerful technique, which needs to be implemented with care – we recommend you learn it in person with a skilled and highly experienced tutor who can guide you through the important steps involved, oversee you as you practice them and give you crucial direct feedback. (It is not a good idea to learn or practice the rewind technique using a pre-written script.)

Who is this course suitable for?

Anyone working with distressed, phobic or traumatised people, who has already taken our Guided Imagery and Visualisation workshop (and ideally the Therapeutic Power of Language workshop too) as these skills are essential components of the rewind technique.

If you help traumatised people (including children) or people suffering from any form of phobia or anxiety disorder – this includes: psychotherapists, counsellors, mental health nurses, OTs, health visitors, social workers, psychiatrists, GPs, clinical psychologists, midwives, welfare officers, youth workers, hypnotherapists and those working with traumatised members of public services, such as: firefighters, police, paramedics and military personnel – you will find the rewind technique and associated skills hugely helpful.

Course format

This intense 2-day training proceeds through a blend of talks, live demonstrations, skill-developing exercises, practice sessions (under careful guidance) and deconstruction of filmed examples of the technique being used, including one with a severely traumatised young woman. There is also plenty of opportunity for networking and discussion during the breaks.

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Reviews for this course

4.8/5 (67 Reviews)
  1. Pauline Ronan, Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, Coach, NLP Practitioner

    The course was excellent. Ros made a very challenging technique easy to access and broke it into manageable chunks. It was such an insightful day and offered me clear ways to see how I can help my clients in the future. What also stood out for me was learning about the way in which me must be careful to identify when this technique should not be used and to watch out for abreactions.

  2. IT Software Architect

    A great balance between theory, the practical and Q & A

  3. Counsellor/Tutor

    Very useful – love the resources and examples used. Find Ros very informative.

  4. Editor/Book Designer

    Intense, exhausting, useful and illuminating. Brought together many learnings through HG studies

  5. Trainee Sport & Exercise Psychologist

    The process of repeated practice was so helpful in developing competence and confidence.

  6. Programme Manager

    A wonderful two days full of learning. So much opportunity to practice and experience this powerful technique

  7. Kitchen Manager

    It was excellent because you could experience all of the process from both sides as a therapist and client, providing better understanding.

  8. Psychologist

    It was really great times. Ros is professional. I understand clearly. I think it helps me in my work in the future. I meet nice people. I love it!

  9. Psychologist/Teacher

    Very useful. A judicious balance of theory, modelling and practice. Many practices in a safe environment to learn, consolidate and embed learning. Skills are accessible and pragmatic.

  10. Therapist

    Wonderfully informative! A rather complex subject however I felt I gained a good understanding by the end of the 2 days.

  11. Counsellor

    The course is fascinating and will be very valuable in my practice. It has been taught exceptionally well and this, plus the content, has decided me on doing your diploma

  12. Hospitality Manager

    Amazing! Well designed to deliver a great deal of practical knowledge in a very understanding way!

  13. Carer

    Honestly, one of the best I have done. Ros is an amazing trainer; patient, responsive, positive with a gentle strength to guide and educate. I leave with an understanding of the rewind technique and the confidence to use it.

  14. School Counsellor

    Great content, made into manageable steps to learn and practise.

  15. Solution focused brief therapy counsellor

    Wonderful course – thank you!

  16. Education – School Pastoral

    Enjoyed this course very much due to the demos and the gradual build up of skills

  17. Former Teacher

    Excellent course – fair distribution of tutor led learning and practicals. Very positive and encouraging tutor.

  18. Counsellor

    Loved it – practical aspects. As a visual person I liked the demos

  19. Midwife/Trainee Psychotherapist

    Brilliant, really enjoyable

  20. Social Worker

    Structured, informative, supported practise, building up gradually more knowledge and experience, and gaining confidence in applying it!

  21. Hypnotherapist

    Brilliant! Ros is amazing. All the examples, the very well defined structure and the techniques – absolutely brilliant.

  22. Counsellor & Senior Behaviour Practitioner

    I have thoroughly enjoyed this course. It’s been a well balanced mix of well explained and accessible theory with ample opportunity to engage in experiential learning. Its filled me with optimism about further possibilities to help people and increased my curiosity about how else I can branch out.

  23. Flood Risk Assessor

    Such an enjoyable and informative course. Feel like I’ve learnt so much (so much more to learn) and absorbed it through the practical application which was so helpful to my learning.

  24. Key Worker

    A fantastic skills based taught course. Ros has an excellent knowledge base and explains things really clearly. It felt a warm and open environment to ask questions and practice the skills safely. Thoroughly enjoyed the two days which built upon existing knowledge.

  25. Tanya Green, Massage/Yoga teacher

    Excellent course! I was very nervous first of all in doing the rewind, and the responsibility held, but it wa taught so well and Sue gave us the confidence to jump straight in – so I did and realised it wasn’t as difficult as I had anticipated. Everything was useful.

  26. Clare Phillips, Counsellor

    Fantastic level of knowledge given. I feel well equipped to start bringing this into my practice.

  27. Musician and Hypnotherapist

    The rewind technique will be invaluable in my clinical work and I very much admire the approach of Human Givens. Thank you very much – I intend to attend more courses in the near future.

  28. Child Therapist

    Consolidated how to use the rewind technique – all of the information and practice was incredibly useful.

  29. Full-time Mum

    What an impact this information, with careful practice, will have on traumatised people and those who suffer acutely from phobias.

  30. Carer

    Just so very helpful. There’s been a huge amount of sharing of information that’s been immensely useful and very thoroughly covered.

  31. Artist and CBP Therapist

    After every course I find I use elements of learning from HG. I always gain greater in-depth and useful knowledge which helps my practice. Thank you.

  32. Probation Officer

    A wonderful, wonderful few days.

  33. Management Consultant – Health & Social Care

    Incredible experience.

  34. Local Government Officer

    Was really great. Can’t think of anything that would make it better.
    Really brilliant to have a chance to see a real session, and then use the techniques myself as client and therapist.

  35. Mental Health Worker

    Loved the course – inspirational! The HG approach is a breath of fresh air to all other approaches I’ve met in 15 years experience. Loved the neuropsychology bit – and focus on practical skills.

  36. Training Counselling Psychologist

    I have learnt more during this two day course than I have in one term of my training course! I found the explanation of what happens in the brain during anxiety and trauma particularly useful and shall incorporate this into my work with clients.

  37. School Counsellor

    I never fail to be astounded by the knowledge gained by attending Human Givens College courses – I always leave feeling more empowered!

  38. Physiotherapist – Mental Health

    So well taught and relevant and something I will be hopefully using in the future when more practiced.

  39. Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

    Working in the mental health services I come across a lot of clients with PTSD so this technique will be enormously invaluable.

  40. Science Teacher

    It made loads of sense. I liked the fact it was based on science and the development of the brain.

  41. Psychotherapist

    Practical solutions to address many common issues that appear in the therapy room.

  42. Youth Worker Manager/Counselling

    An excellent opportunity to explore new ways of working.

  43. Army officer

    The explanations given were provided in layman’s terms whilst incorporating scientific fact. Both approaches enlightened my knowledge.

  44. Writer/Body Worker

    The power of these techniques is phenomenal – it is an utter privilege to learn this work and apply it.

  45. Hypnotherapist, Hypnotherapist

    I’ll be able to apply the technique as soon as tomorrow in the clinic.

  46. Social Worker

    This is something I’ve wanted for a long time. I just need to go and practice it. I find the whole thing interesting and helpful – sounds simplistic, but true.

  47. Police Superintendent

    Practical skills that can really help me to help others in the future. Wish I’d known this a long time ago.

  48. Occupational Health Psychologist, Occupational Health Psychologist

    Refreshingly empathetic of the human social and evolutionary development (compared with frustrating ideology of other approaches).

  49. Life Coach/Counsellor

    Human Givens will be the future.

  50. RAF Chaplain

    The powerful therapeutic tool of the rewind technique described was fascinating – I look forward to using it in the future.

  51. NHS Manager/Specialist Counsellor

    Thought the day very worthwhile. Gave me confidence to begin using rewind again after a 5 – 6 year break.

  52. Art Psychotherapist

    Very practical, clear and useable. Very helpful. Fascinating and inspiring.

  53. Educational Psychologist

    Safe, informal, chance to explore questions, queries, etc. with a very knowledgeable tutor.

  54. Course attendee (no profession given)

    I used to become sweaty and panicky just thinking about flying, but after the session today I already feel different. Am now looking forward to visiting my brother in America.

  55. HG Practitioner

    Second time doing this workshop – but there’s always something new to take home and use.

  56. Human Resources Manager

    Engaging, full of useful information. Great mix of theory and practice.

  57. Hypnotherapist/Behavioural Therapist

    Having practiced NLP for 3 years I now feel I have moved on to a new level.

  58. Teacher

    Therapy in action – an excellent way to learn.

  59. arleClinical Hypnotherapy

    Fantastic technique which helps to demystify ‘therapy’ and which urges the patient towards their own quick solution.

  60. Psychotherapist

    Very focused. New insight. Quick and easy to take in with varied presentation. I now have a tool which I will be able to apply in clinical work.

  61. Education Support for Looked After Children

    The adapabilities of the technique were very well demonstrated.

  62. Specialist Stop Smoking Advisor

    Excellent, as all these course are! Looking forward to doing more.

  63. Teacher

    Fascinating – a truly powerful technique.

  64. Psychologist

    Exceptionally powerful learning experience.

  65. Education welfare/parent support worker

    I still marvel at how this technique can have such powerful effects on people’s lives.

  66. Workplace Counsellor

    The whole course was very useful and thought-provoking. The sessions working through the guided imagery and rewind were particularly helpful as I was able to understand the process more by experiencing outcomes and getting feedback to improve my understanding.

  67. Midwife

    It seems so simple but it works – as we saw!

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