Postgraduate Diploma in Trauma & PTSD

from Trauma Training

NOTE: Due to uncertainties created by the coronavirus pandemic - and because we had to make an early decision to allow people to plan - we have decided to teach this course online in 2021. We switched to online delivery of our courses when the lockdown came into effect, and this has been extremely well received by participants.
Level 7 Postgraduate Diploma in Traumatology & PTSD
A comprehensive and systematic approach for treating simple and complex PTSD in adults and children
About the Course

Lucia Hall wrote this course based on her experiences of supervising trauma. What she discovered was that, although trained, therapists struggled to implement trauma processes in a systematic and effective manner – especially with regards to complex trauma.

This course was extremely well received when it was premiered to an NHS team. The team expressed feeling skilled and empowered after this workshop and issued an invitation to Lucia to come back and teach further courses.

For 2018, this course was been expanded to include an additional weekend module teaching Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), which participants have found to be an excellent process that complements the other processes taught in the course and enables therapists to work even more effectively with an even wider group of trauma clients. Lucia previously taught this course separately, but feedback has resulted in it being incorporated into this PG diploma course. For 2021 we have added another day, but have not increased the cost of the course.

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Course Outline Structure & Meeting Days

The course will be held on 20 days, with 2 individual Sundays and 9 Saturday/Sunday weekends held on average once a month for 12 months.

The course starts at 10:00am each day and ends at 5:30pm.

Supervision sessions will be arranged in the fourth month of the course in order to allow time for participants to start working through the trauma process with trauma clients. Supervision will be in group format (up to four supervisees) for three hours each month for 12 months and is a requirement of the course. Supervision will be conducted online using Zoom Pro.


There is an 80% attendance requirement, including the supervision requirement.

The course consists of solid, evidence-based theory, combined with large amounts of experiential work and supervisory components. The theoretical input encourages critical engagement with the theory and practice of trauma treatment. Assessment is ongoing throughout the course and aims to ensure that students are able to work with the dynamics and processes of trauma; that there is congruence between the student’s theoretical knowledge and their clinical practice. Teaching and supervisory methods emphasise the multi-layered, multi-faceted processes of trauma treatment.

Course philosophy and theoretical orientation

This course caters for a range of professionals who wish to develop their role as trauma specialists: counsellors, therapists or psychotherapists, psychologists, managers of clinical teams.  The syllabus covers treating adults as well as children and adolescents, the latter being addressed in two days of the course dedicated to two evidence-based treatments for traumatised children.

Effective trauma treatment is integrative as it utilises techniques from a variety of schools of thought. The trauma treatment approach taught on this course is not tied to any one approach, but uses aspects of many. As such it may be utilised effectively by practitioners from diverse theoretical backgrounds. We appreciate the training and approach that course members bring. Onto that foundation, we offer the opportunity to build a cohesive integrative way of working with trauma clients.

The course is taught at postgraduate level; course participants are expected to work academically on this basis. This includes the ability to evaluate theoretical concepts and a commitment to reflect critically and open-mindedly on one’s own process, philosophy, theoretical orientation and skills. Discussion in the full group or smaller groups is as important as the tutor-taught components. The experiential process of development encourages participants to learn from one another as well as from the course tutors. The integrative philosophy underpinning this course fosters a multidisciplinary environment where theoretical differences and similarities are creatively valued. Participants are encouraged to integrate the ideas from the course into a personally coherent model of trauma treatment. Participants can be sure that at the conclusion they will have a comprehensive and systematic approach for treating complex PTSD in adults and children.

Call Trauma Training Today on 07834 470 248 for Specialist Training in Trauma and PTSD

Call Trauma Training Today on 07834 470 248 for Specialist Training in Trauma and PTSD

Clinical Requirement

Course participants will be required to document 30 hours of clinical work with trauma clients during the course, and this will include working with both Type I and Type II trauma experiences (simple and complex). More information will be given at the start of the course.

Course dates

January 2021 – December 2021 (with supervision continuing until April 2022).

The start of the course will be on the weekend of January 30th – 31st. The other provisional dates are detailed below.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we may run the course online. We have been doing this with both this course and the Advanced PG course – and this has been well received. Zoom Pro enables us to use breakout rooms, which keeps much of the dynamics of the course in place and allows us to provide good feedback by observing practice sessions.

Course Fees

For deposit, course fees and payment plan information please download the application form where you will find this information. Participants are required to become student members of NCP (if you are not already a member), but there is currently no charge for this. Although the course was expanded for 2018 with the addition of two extra days, the pro-rata cost of the course was actually reduced. The price for 2020 is unchanged from 2018.


The course will be held at out Bracknell location:

ICS Ltd, Bracknell Enterprise Hub, Ocean House, The Ring, Bracknell, RG12 1AX.

Our location is very close to Bracknell train station (on the line from London Waterloo to Reading) and there is also plenty of parking nearby. We recommend the High Street Car Park on The Ring (RG12 1GN). On Level 4 of this car park there are two pedestrian bridges across The Ring. Taking the leftmost walkway will take you directly to Ocean House (just to the left of the automatic sliding doors to Princess Square).

Lodging (note - due to the coronavirus pandemic we may run this course online)

If you need to stay overnight, Bracknell has a number of inexpensive hotels. We have received good reviews for the nearby Premier Inn (Bracknell Central), Wokingham Road, Bracknell, RG42 1NA (0871 527 8132). There is also another Premier Inn a little further away Premier Inn (Twin Bridges), Downshire Way, Bracknell, RG12 7AA (0871 527 8130). The Grange Hotel is very close by, but more expensive (Charles Square, Bracknell, RG12 1DF, 01344 474000).

There are also some Travelodges, with Bracknell Central being the closest (London Road, RG12 1UT, 0871 984 6367) as well as some Hiltons (Bracknell and Wokingham).