It is difficult to quantify all that I have gained form this most rewarding course of study. I am now in a position where my practice is at times unrecognisable, the assessments I carry out are now thorough and comprehensive, a must in trauma treatment. My ability to offer a bespoke treatment plan based on assessment of need is of massive benefit to my client group and the variety of treatments I can offer is vast.
Perhaps most significantly these treatments are not on offer in isolation and in fact are only available after comprehensive assessment, thorough and appropriate safety and stabilisation and a warm and professional relationship. I have learned that the key to successful trauma treatment is applying a systematic evidence-based treatment that gives clients the very best chance of recovery. Thank you Lucia and Steve; I feel proud and privileged to consider myself a Hall Traumatologist and my clients…well the evaluation forms speak for themselves"
Without doubt my assessment skills have improved as I am far more open to material I would have previously ignored when developing a formulation. In working on particular case studies I am forced to apply the theory to practice; via supervision I am able to correct inevitable errors in addition to sharing with my peers, gaining their support and listening to and learning from their experiences. Furthermore, I believe I have grown as an individual. I now have a greater understanding of how events in childhood and beyond accumulate and shape personality, one's beliefs and one's emotional make up. This was only partially appreciated by me prior to commencing the course."
I am now a safer practitioner, I believe, as I am making a robust assessment of my clients and given them a structured and coherent treatment program which is evidence based. I also feel a greater sense of confidence in working with this client group, because of the expert knowledge that has been imparted.
I feel that the clients have more confidence in my ability and are willing to engage in the process. I sense the clients ease in working with me in the knowledge that they are being listened to and fully understood. There is an increased clarity in the processes of treatment and a full understanding of the theoretical basis for all that I do with my clients.
I feel privileged to have been on this course and I am grateful to the course team who have been generous in"
However, I have had an awareness for many years that Prolonged Exposure (PE) was not sufficient, and in fact relatively dangerous, as a stand-alone treatment for complex trauma. When EMDR became a prominent treatment approach, I was still left with a reluctance to use this technique for childhood abuse.
This PG Diploma in Traumatology & PTSD, from Integrative Cognitive Solutions, has provided me for the first time in my long professional career with the sufficient scientific tools for me to successfully treat an adult survivor of childhood abuse. This course has been professionally life-changing and has given me immense confidence in my professional life."
The biggest insight for me has been that avoidance keeps things stuck. Although I would have thought I understood this previously, I now really ‘get it’. I think previously I had a stronger emphasis on what I called ‘stroking the defence’ which is recognising distorted adaptations are motivated to try and be helpful, even though of course they will not work. I now see that ‘avoidance keeps things stuck’ is the other side of this coin, and that it is valid, as a therapist, to be strong, confident and educative in directing a client to change an avoidance habit because ultimately habituating to the traumatic feelings is what causes healing to occur.
To summarise, the course has been humbling, challenging and incredibly informative with a goody bag full of skills!"