Online course

Understanding Trauma new

Effective treatment and recovery
Discover why some people become traumatised and not others, the cause of extreme traumatic stress responses, the wide range of trauma symptoms – and much more…

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Understanding Trauma

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  • Price: £59 £47.20 per person

Price includes course notes and life-long access

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This clear, helpful online course with Ros Townsend, a highly experienced psychotherapist specialising in treating trauma, gives you a thorough understanding of how and why we can be impacted by traumatic events, what is happening in our brains, what causes post traumatic stress symptoms and how to help someone who is suffering.

The clearest explanation of trauma I’ve ever had - thank you!

Why take this course

With 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 traumatic stress symptoms.

Suffering from trauma – whether from a single incident or multiple events – can have a significant impact on a person’s mental and physical health. It can also greatly affect the lives of those around them.

Understanding is key – recovery is possible

Understanding what makes us vulnerable to becoming traumatised, how our brains react to distressing events, and why, how to spot trauma symptom, the coping strategies people employ, what needs to happen to enable recovery and when to see professional help, is essential if we are able to help people effectively.

Jam-packed full of clear information, insights and tips, this course will clarify this and more for you, making you better equipped to help support recovery and build resilience – it is an essential course for anyone wishing to help traumatised children and adults successfully recover as quickly as possible, or for anyone wanting to better understand what’s happening to someone they care about.

A well presented and taught course, from a highly knowledgeable and engaging teacher

Melanie Bearne – After attending Ros' Guided Imagery Workshop

What will you learn

  • A clear understanding of what trauma is
  • What’s happening in our brains when we experience a traumatic event
  • Why some people are affected by traumatic events, but not others
  • Why post-traumatic stress occurs and the many different ways it can present
  • What makes something ‘a trauma’
  • 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
  • Why PTS symptoms can develop years after a traumatic event
  • The fight or flight response – its impact on our brain and body, and why it can be triggered inappropriately
  • Why some people freeze when faced with a traumatic event, and why we shouldn’t feel ashamed if we do
  • The double whammy that comes with the ‘freeze’ response
  • Why our brains evolved this way
  • 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
  • What we all need as human beings to live emotionally healthy lives
  • Spotting the ‘red-flag’ signs that you, or someone you care for, might need further support – and where to find effective help
  • How best to support others suffering from the effects of trauma
  • 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
  • The natural way we recover from distressing events
  • How high emotional arousal impacts on our ability to think clearly
  • Why post traumatic stress triggers seemingly inappropriately extreme fear reactions
  • Differences when treating single incident trauma, multiple trauma or ‘complex trauma’
  • The traumatic memories continuum
  • The common elements of effective treatments for post traumatic stress (PTSD)
  • Working holistically from the human givens approach
  • An understanding of how the rewind technique works; its many advantages and applications
  • 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
  • When to seek professional help

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What's included?

  • Videos
  • Life-long access
  • CPD Certificate

Who is this course 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, including: 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 and those working with traumatised members of public services, such as: firefighters, police, paramedics and military personnel – you will find the information on this course hugely helpful.

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