Understanding trauma: principles and practice (D18)

Course overview

This course is for professionals who work with people who come for help following experiences of trauma. The course will provide you with a supportive and lively setting in which learning about a psychoanalytic approach to trauma and its aftermath can take place.  

This course offers a deeper understanding of the impact on the mind of traumatic events as understood within a psychoanalytic framework. You will develop an awareness of the contribution psychoanalytic ideas can make to therapeutic work with traumatised individuals and groups.

Learning about a psychoanalytic approach to thinking about trauma will deepen your understanding of the longer term and relational consequences of traumatic experiences. It can also help those who do not substantially benefit from CBT or EMDR and also help manage the potentially powerful impact on professionals working with trauma.

Over the year, you will study the following:

Work discussion group

You will have the opportunity to bring your work with particular traumatised individuals or groups to a small work discussion group, taken by an experienced psychotherapist. You will be required to bring case material for discussion once or twice termly.

Theory seminar/lecture

Through reading, discussion and lectures you will study a psychoanalytic approach to the consequences of traumatic events. Over three terms lectures and discussions cover: 

  • historical review and current psychoanalytic theories including the Tavistock model
  • psychoanalytic concepts and their relevance to trauma
  • treatment modalities and specialist areas.

Experiential group

An opportunity to learn about ways of understanding a psychoanalytic viewpoint through your own experiences in the group.  You will talk with fellow students about the counter-transference issues raised by work in this area.

Application group

This takes place twice during the course of the year. The group is facilitated, and will help you make a bridge between your learning on the course and your own work settings and practices.

The course will provide you with the opportunity to study with others who are experienced in working with trauma.  It will help you to develop a deeper capacity to reflect on your working practice and the impact of working with traumatised individuals and groups.  You will increase your understanding of the principles and practice of a psychoanalytic approach to trauma, and the place of psychoanalytic thinking in relation to other models e.g. trauma focused CBT and EMDR.  


You will gain a deeper understanding of the impact on the mind of traumatic events, as understood within a psychoanalytic framework and develop a greater awareness of the contribution psychoanalytic ideas can make to therapeutic work with traumatised individuals and groups.

What our students say:

“Being guided by such a well tried model of the mind was beneficial in my daily psychiatric practice. Having in mind the psychoanalytic model of trauma significantly lessens my anxiety and distress when in contact with severely traumatized patients”. 

"Now I know why the Tavistock has such a good reputation. A fantastic course".

This course is for you if you are a professional working with the psychological aftermath of trauma in either a generic or specialist mental health or related setting.  You may, for example, be a clinical psychologist, a counsellor, or a psychotherapist.   Specialist settings can include the police, emergency services, refugees and asylum seekers, for example.

In order to undertake this course, we ask that you:

  • are a professional working with people who have experienced trauma.

Home/EU

£2650 

International students

£5300 

We are happy offer a range of ways to pay your fees, as well as some funding for specific courses.  

Please contact us if you have any questions.

The previous code for this course was D18.

Code:
PATCTP004
Qualification:
Trust Certificate
Course length:
1 year
Attendance:
Thursday afternoons
Mode:
Classroom
Location:
London
Population:
Adults and children
Theoretical approach:
Psychoanalytic
Admission status:
Open
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Course lead:
Linda Young, BA MSc TQAP MBPAS

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