Diploma in Trauma Therapy

March 2019 – January 2020 – 15 days – London

We now accept new applications for the 2019 intake. The dates for 2019-2020 are published below.

A pioneering professional training in how to work with the process of trauma in a relational way
The last six years have seen a proliferation of treatment approaches to trauma, ranging from EMDR to Energy Psychology and EFT. The danger in this is that therapeutic work gets reduced to a set of techniques rather than an integrated approach embedded in relationship. Furthermore in pursuit of ‘treatment’ the client may loose an opportunity for meaning making rooted in suffering. The intention is to support students in developing a proactive and therapeutic style, integrating different techniques instead of depending on them.

For whom is this training
This innovative training in working with trauma is open to counsellors, psychologists, psychotherapists or other mental health professionals. We will explore the effects trauma has on people’s development in relation to their psyche, body, relationships, work and spirituality. The course explores the mechanisms traumatised people use to organise their lives. As a specific focus we include the impact of the client’s trauma on the therapist.

The course will reflect on post-traumatic stress, single and multiple episodes of trauma, chronic trauma, accidental trauma and developmental trauma.

The overall course aims are:

  • To increase understanding of the principles and practice of a number of theoretical approaches to trauma
  • To provide practical and helpful interventions when working with clients who have experienced trauma
  • To gain a deeper understanding of the impact of trauma on people’s development in their psyche, body, relationships, work and spirituality
  • To develop a greater awareness of the contribution various theoretical approaches can make to therapeutic work with traumatised individuals and groups
  • To promote a deeper capacity to reflect on working practice and the impact of working with traumatised individuals
  • To critically examine trans-generational issues in relation to trauma
  • To critically examine the recent contributions to trauma work: neuroscience, EMDR, EFT and somatic work.

Our philosophy is Integrative, drawing on a wide range of theoretical orientations and disciplines including Trauma Focused CBT, Gestalt, Somatic and psychoanalytic thinking. It will provide a supportive and energetic setting in which learning about trauma and its aftermath can take place.

Faculty (tbc)

The faculty includes Hattie Berger (Course Director), Robert Downes, Ulrike Encke and Thomas Spiers: highly experienced specialists representing clinical expertise in psychoanalytical approaches, neuroscience, bodywork, transpersonal approached and CBT.

Dates

4 weekends (Saturdays and Sundays, 10.00 – 17.00) plus 7 Saturdays (10.00 – 17.00), total 15 days, 105 hours. Starting March 2019, ending January 2020.

Day 1 + 2: Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 March, 2019
Day 3: Saturday 6 April, 2019
Day 4: Saturday 4 May, 2019
Day 5 + 6: Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 June, 2019
Day 7: Saturday 29 June, 2019
Day 8 + 9: Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 July, 2019
Day 10 + 11: Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 September, 2019
Day 12: Saturday 12 October, 2019
Day 13: Saturday 16 November, 2019
Day 14: Saturday 14 December, 2019
Day 15: Saturday 11 January, 2020

Fees

£2,650 (incl VAT) The fees may be paid in 10 equal installments of £255 and a deposit of £100 to secure your place. A limited number of bursaries is available.

Location

At NAOS premises, 3 Montpelier Avenue, Ealing – London W5 2XP

Full Course Content

Course content
The course consists of theoretical, experiential and live clinical components.
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 dialogue

· 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
· Mindfulness
· Pseudo-competence
· 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
· Self-care
· Cross cultural issues with refugees and asylum seekers
· Self-harm
· Dissociative disorders
· OCD

Methodology
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.

Entry requirements
No less than 1 year experience post-qualification and ability to work at post-graduate level as counsellor, psychologist, psychotherapist or mental health professional.

Faculty
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 relationally.
The faculty includes Hattie Berger (Course Director), Robert Downes, Tom Spiers and Ulrike Encke: highly experienced specialists representing clinical expertise in psychoanalytical approaches, neuroscience, bodywork, transpersonal approached and CBT. For biographies see: About Us.

Handbook
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 2019- 2020
The course is offered as a 7 Saturdays (10.00 – 17.00) plus 4 two-day blocks Sat-Sun module (each day 10.00 – 17.00). The two-day blocks are jointly taught and offer opportunities to practice clinical skills.
Saturday mornings are given over to theory and practice while saturday 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.

4 weekends (Saturdays and Sundays, 10.00 – 17.00) plus 7 Saturdays (10.00 – 17.00), total 15 days, 105 hours. Starting March 2019, ending January 2020.

Day 1 + 2: Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 March, 2019
Day 3: Saturday 6 April, 2019
Day 4: Saturday 4 May, 2019
Day 5 + 6: Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 June, 2019
Day 7: Saturday 29 June, 2019
Day 8 + 9: Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 July, 2019
Day 10 + 11: Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 September, 2019
Day 12: Saturday 12 October, 2019
Day 13: Saturday 16 November, 2019
Day 14: Saturday 14 December, 2019
Day 15: Saturday 11 January, 2020

Assessment
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 85% of the course.

Fees
£2,650 (incl VAT). Payable by one deposit of £100 (to reserve your place), plus 10 instalments of £255 a month. If you pay the full fee in one lump sum 2 months before the start of the training at the latest, we offer £100 discount (£2,550 total). We have a limited number of bursary places which are allocated on a first come basis.

Application process
Applicants are required to complete the application form (click here).
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 £100 paid to secure a place. The remainder may be paid in one lump sum (£100 discount on the total price) or in 10 equal instalments.

Student Testimonials

Testimonials 2017/2018
“I would not hesitate for a moment to recommend this course to anyone interested in working at a deep level with the trauma their clients bring. I wish I had found this course a long time ago for the depth and understanding. I have gained and for the way it has helped me integrate learning about trauma into my way of working rather than focusing on techniques that can feel alien to my style of therapy. It seems odd to say that working with such painful, dark material has been enjoyable and uplifting but it has! “ Annie Rimmer, 2017/2018

“I am very grateful that I signed up for this course – it has surpassed my expectations and I have really enjoyed it. I have learned so much – both from the tutors who were excellent and the other course participants who have been amazing colleagues to meet and learn with. I would thoroughly recommend this course.” Student 2017/2018

“This course has helped me step into a more generous life. It has given new language to my own trauma and has empowered me to work with trauma in a very different way. I now work from a place of peace and rest. If I could I would do it all again as I loved it so much!” M.E. 2017/2018

“The course content has been informative and insightful at the same time.  I found each of the training weekends enriching in terms of the their structure and beautifully crafted presentation by each tutor. This helped me to expand on, not only the theory but also some very invaluable ways of working with trauma experientially.” Student 2017/2018

“The Diploma in Trauma training has allowed me to become more confident in my working with trauma and has empowered me to become more courageous in my work. The tutors different styles, throughout the course, have supported me to develop personally and professionally, which has seen a positive change in my working with trauma.” N.B. 2017/2018

“Excellent course, excellent tutors. Be careful though, this course may change how you view your work with clients forever, but in a good way.” Student 2017/2018

Carl Jung said “One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child”. Student 2017/2018

“Be prepared to be challenged in yourself and to learn and experience a new way of approaching how you not just view trauma, but yourself and the world around you.” S.B. 2017/2018

“I’d like to thank NAOS for the inspiring experience whilst attending the Trauma diploma. This has been life changing for me, both personally and professionally. The words thank you don’t really express the depth of my gratitude and profundity of the moving experience.” P.R. 2017/2018

Testimonials 2015/2017
“I really enjoyed the trauma training at NAOS. The range of quality and highly knowledgeable lecturers and scope of topics covered, means that I left the training with much more confidence in my understanding and ability to work with trauma.
What I loved most about this training was it’s relational focus, which was an enriching and valued experience. There was a delicate balance between theory and process, which I really appreciated. I felt incredibly supported and the training has really deepened my work with clients, as well as gaining another layer of understanding of my self.” Mariam Bhunnoo, 2016

“The Diploma in Trauma Therapy brings together outstanding speakers and themes that are directly relevant to anyone working with clients in distress.  The approach to the work is consistently modelled by speakers and course staff, showing that the theory is lived as well as taught.  As a result of taking part, my practice has broadened and deepened, increasing my confidence in my work.  I highly recommend it.” Val Allen, 2016

“I have been practising for over twenty years. This course is helping me to rethink and reshape my ideas and assumptions about trauma and where that experience sits within us internally and within our culture. That the course straddles many modalities both within the trainers and my peers  is really helpful. I find it such an enriching experience.” Alex, Summer 2015

“It has been fascinating program and it has helped my own personal trauma recovery in profound ways. Well-balanced program with strong academic and personally reflective components.” Anonymous, March 2015

“Happy to share that the course has given me a fresh perspective on my work with clients and highlighted how much all therapists need to be aware of the impact of trauma.” Kwame, April 2015

“In 2013/2014 I attended a course, the Diploma in Trauma Treatment, with NAOS. I received my Diploma recently. This brought home to me what a great experience it was, and how much completing it meant to me. Each session introduced us to a different method or perspective for working with trauma. The quality of the presenters was fantastic. I learnt so much in the year. I feel very resilient when working with trauma cases and enjoy the challenges this work brings. What I particularly love about NAOS is that they have great values, they care and in a very adult way are around to help. This year I am doing the Advanced Diploma in Couples Therapy and this too is a fabulous experience. I feel very confident to recommend NAOS.” (Testimonial provided by J Eden Riley)