The course consists of theoretical, experiential and live
The theoretical input encourages critical engagement with
the theory and practice of a variety of trauma models.
Teaching and supervisory methods emphasize the multi-layered,
multi-faceted processes of this impactful work, including the
intentional use of self.
As already mentioned the course philosophy is Integrative and
draws on the various theoretical approaches present within the
student body. Differences and similarities are equally valued
on the course - it is recognized that students may be required
to work alongside a variety of theoretical approaches.
The following is an indication of themes covered,
however other themes may surface as part of the ongoing
· Philosophy of traumatic models of working
· Integrative frameworks
· Gestalt, CBT, psychoanalytic, transpersonal and systemic
models of trauma theory and practice
· Trauma Focused CBT
· Psychoanalytic approach to trauma
· Trauma & eating disorders
· Integrating new models of working
· Trauma in adolescence
· Monitoring good practice in clinical work
· Attacks on the body
· Developmental trauma
· Domestic Violence
· Over- and under-nurturing
· Sexuality and gender
· Systemic issues
· Parallel process
· Ethical and legal considerations
· Cross cultural issues with refugees and asylum
The programme combines didactic theory seminars, work
discussion groups and experiential learning, skills training in
triads and small groups, guided reading and large group
process. Each course member will be required to bring case
material for presentation and discussion once each term.
All NAOS programmes are taught at postgraduate level
and course participants are expected to work academically on
this basis. Discussion within the student body is as important
as the tutor-taught components. Participants are
encouraged to integrate the ideas from the course into a
personally coherent clinical model; this will be demonstrated
in the written assignment for this course.
No less than 1 year experience post-qualification and ability
to work at post-graduate level as counsellor, psychologist,
psychotherapist or mental health professional.
The course is taught by a highly experienced faculty,
representing a wide range of theoretical approaches and
disciplines. All have been selected for their ability to work
Richard Simpson, Bernd C. Leygraf (Course Directors) Morit
Heltzler, Alistair Appleton, Linda Bartoli, Claire Sole, Stan
Brennan and Aleine Ridge (TBC). For biographies see:
All course participants will be provided with an extensive
course handbook, including handouts, code of ethics, assessment
forms, essay title, a reading list and more.
Course Format and Dates 2013 - 2014
The course is offered as a 7 Fridays (10.00 – 17.00) plus 4
two-day blocks Fri-Sat module (each day 10.00 - 17.00) .
The two-day blocks are jointly taught and offer opportunities
to practice clinical skills.
Friday mornings are given over to theory and practice while
Friday afternoons will include a work discussion group and
experiential group. Students will have an opportunity to
present clinical material in the work discussion group each
term. Saturdays will be theory and practice full days.
Total 105 hours. Starting April 2013, ending December 2013
Day 1: Friday April 26, 2013 - Intro Day, Background to Trauma
Day 2: Friday May 10, 2013 - Trauma & Domestic
Day 3: Saturday May 11, 2013 - Somatic Trauma
Day 4: Friday May 31, 2013 - Trauma & Dissociation
Day 5: Friday June 21, 2013 - Psychoanalytic perspectives
Day 6: Friday July 5, 2013 - Mindfulness
Day 7: Saturday July 6, 2013 - Equine Assisted
Day 8: Friday July 19, 2013 - Trauma Focused CBT
Day 9: Friday September 13, 2013 - EMDR
Day 10: Saturday September 14, 2013 - EMDR
Day 11: Friday October 4, 2013 - Gestalt approach to
Day 12: Friday October 25, 2013 - Trauma Refugees &
Day 13: Friday November 15, 2013 - Trauma &
Day 14: Friday December 6 - Self harm and attacks on the
Day 15: Saturday December 7, 2013 - Integration &
(This programme may change slightly due to tutor
To qualify for the Diploma students are required to complete
one critical reflection of a case study (3.500 words), one
critical integration essay (2.500 words), have fully paid all
course fees and attend a minimum of 80% of the course.
£1.950. Payable by one deposit of £100 (to reserve your place),
plus one full payment of £1.665 (10% discount), or 10
instalments of £185 a month. We have a limited number of
bursary places which are allocated on a first come
Applicants are required to complete the application form
This will be followed by a telephone interview. If offered a
place, a course contract will have to be completed and an
initial deposit of 10% of the course fees paid to secure a
place. The remainder may be paid in one lump sum (10% discount)
or in 10 equal instalments.
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