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
· 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 seekers
· Dissociative disorders
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 relationally.
The faculty includes Hattie Berger (Course Director), Robert Downes, Tom Spiers and Foluke Taylor: highly experienced specialists representing clinical expertise in psychoanalytical approaches, neuroscience, bodywork, transpersonal approached and CBT. For biographies see: About Us.
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 2020 – 2021
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 2020, ending January 2021.
Day 1 + 2: Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 March, 2020
Day 3: Saturday 4 April, 2020
Day 4: Saturday 9 May, 2020
Day 5 + 6: Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 May, 2020
Day 7: Saturday 20 June, 2020
Day 8 + 9: Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 July, 2020
Day 10 + 11: Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September, 2020
Day 12: Saturday 17 October, 2020
Day 13: Saturday 14 November, 2020
Day 14: Saturday 12 December, 2020
Day 15: Saturday 9 January, 2021
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.
£2,700 (incl VAT). Payable by one deposit of £100 (to reserve your place), plus 10 instalments of £260 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 (£2,600 total). We have a limited number of bursary places which are allocated on a first come basis.
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.