Fully accredited ONLINE Level 5 Diploma in working with complex trauma and PTSD 


This is a fully accredited, professional diploma, designed specifically for professionals who are working with people with complex lives and have experienced Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and/ or Trauma in their adult lives.  
Treating trauma has been described as "the final frontier" of resolving the psychological impact of childhood abuse. By completing this diploma you will learn to strategically address the impact of trauma and provide your clients with their absolute right to live a life free from the lasting effects of trauma.  
To deliver a service of excellence, one needs to go beyond being "trauma informed" and become fully trauma-focused. Whether your service is in the private or public sector, this diploma will raise the standard of practice, ensure you deliver a strategic, systemised, approach, support the reduction of re-victimisation and risk and work effectively and safely with trauma. 

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN This diploma has 6 modules, each with a number of units. The modules are listed below 

How to work legally, ethically, safely and consistently as a Trauma-Focused Practitioner 
Critically reflect on the use of Trauma-Focused Therapy for building a therapeutic relationship 
Integrate and apply a diverse range of psychometric inventories for assessment, while incorporating neuroscience and trauma-focused systems for effective evidence-based treatment planning 
Use a trauma-focused approach to work with individual clients and meet their needs in line with the three phased approach  
Work with self awareness as a therapist using a trauma-focused approach 
Use trauma-focused theory, research and techniques coherently within therapy 
Integrate the three phased approach within a culturally sensitive framework.  
Did you know, 80% of people who access services have experienced adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and are 500 times more likely to use drugs. 
A staggering 1 in 5 children have experienced severe maltreatment and are more likely to access services as adults (NSPCC 2017).  
50% of major depressive disorder is comorbid to PTSD. 
34% of adults who witnessed domestic abuse develop abusive relationships. 
This accredited diploma aims to provide service workers and practitioners with the tools required to work effectively with complex trauma and PTSD. 
Learn how to apply a systematic, evidenced based, approach for treating complex trauma and PTSD 
This course works within the UK Psychological Trauma Society's guidelines for Complex Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in adults. The three phased approach is considered the gold standard approach for treating complex trauma and includes: 
Safety & stabilisation - Addressing “issues of personal safety and development of self and ego capacities (i.e. tolerating and modulating strong emotions). This initial phase focuses on the client's inner experiences, addressing memories, emotions and sensations including flashbacks. It aims to reduce self injurious behaviour, addictions, pathological dissociation and extreme emotion dysregulation. This will then create internal and external safety to disengage the ‘emergency’ brain (limbic system) and to activate the thinking brain (prefrontal cortex). 
Processing trauma -Trauma processing (focused processing of traumatic memories). Evidence-based treatments such as Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PET) and trauma-focused CBT have been recommended by NICE guidelines for the second phase of treatment. On this course you will learn STAIR, Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure Therapy. 
Integration - Increasing self esteem, self respect and increasing healthy connections, and exploring and integrating a sense of identity. This phase is as important as the other two and gives an opportunity to re-evaluate current triggers and anticipatory fears towards change. 
Practitioners who want to: 
Understand the definition and diagnosis of complex trauma and PTSD. 
Utilise trauma-focused assessment tools, and integrate a systematic evidence-based framework for complex trauma and PTSD within their current context of work and formulate a specialist, strategic treatment plan. 
Learn more about the neurobiology of trauma, PTSD, developmental trauma and dissociation. 
Apply safety and stabilisation techniques to create a sense of internal and external safety within their clients. 
Reduce flashbacks.  
Develop their knowledge of different types of trauma processing protocols using a top down approach. 
Learn more about Cognitive Processing Therapy. 
Make the most of Skills Training in Affective and Interpersonal Regulation (STAIR). 
Know more about attachment of trauma and its impact on the therapeutic relationship. 
Explore Trauma bonding, cognitive dissonance and the impact on attachment. 
Apply a trauma-focused framework to a specific cultural / spiritual belief system. 
Improve their awareness and understanding of co-morbid diagnosis. 

Course overview This course will be appropriate for you if you are a professional working in a current practice of either the private or social care sector, and / or have completed counselling training at Level 4 and wish to study and specialise in a trauma-focused theoretical, academic and practical level.  The course would be appropriate for people specialising in counselling, whether in the voluntary, statutory or private sectors. Candidates will be practicing in their relevant work context, and will be expected to be committed to client work within the NCP ethical framework or equivalent.  The Diploma challenges candidates to achieve high standards in conceptual and applied knowledge and understanding the 3 phased Trauma-focused, systematic, evidenced-based methods and frameworks which is considered the gold standard or treatment for Complex PTSD (cPTSD) and PTSD. Candidates are required to engage in therapeutic relationships with different clients. 

The course comprises of 6 modules which contain a number of units. Each student will be assessed through their work by:  
Assessment strategies 
Treatment planning 
Two presentations 
One document 
Two case studies 
Critical essay 
Progression opportunities 
Successful candidates can progress onto the Level 6 Diploma. 
The Level 6 Diploma focuses on working with multiple bottom up processors for Complex Trauma and cPTSD along with extensive resourcing tools and addressing fragmented parts. 
Successful candidates can also join shorter professional development courses which contain individual bottom up processors and other specialised trauma-focused learning for excellent and enhanced practice. 


Complex PTSD can develop from reppettative ongoing traumatic experiences, unlike PTSD which can develop after a single traumatic experience. cPTSD often develops when people experience torture, sexual abuse, domestic violence, bullying etc. 
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