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CPD Crisis and Trauma Counselling

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Crisis and trauma counselling is growing in popularity, and helps countless individuals cope with stressful events in their lives. It is also a specialty that is used in many organisational settings such as healthcare and emergency services, corporate organisations and education.

Crises and traumatic events are not limited to major incidents, disasters or fatal outcomes; but encompass ordinary everyday events in life. Therefore, a crisis might be an event that one individual cannot cope with, yet another can. This makes crisis and trauma counselling diverse and dynamic.

Furthermore the immediacy of media coverage on major disasters and incidents leads to the situation where those needing counselling support can often extend well beyond the immediate victims.

This course is aimed at those who are already in a counselling role but wish to develop their professional knowledge and widen their practice scope; for those who may be involved in a voluntary role within groups or organisations who specialise in crisis and trauma victim support, or for those with a keen interest in the subject and who wish to expand their current understanding.

Successful completion will allow practising counsellors to widen their client base and gain insight into the theory of crisis and how crises develop. It may also facilitate access to voluntary and support roles, demonstrating knowledge gained which can then be developed and translated into practical applications and skills; or it may allow those already in an organisational role to expand their responsibilities and become involved in a support team.

Level CPD

The CCPT Certificate of Completion and QLS Certificate of achievement

£475*, or make an initial payment of £55, followed by 12 monthly instalments of £35

*QLS registration fees included

Start Date

You can enrol on this course at any time and progress through your studies at your own pace from the comfort of your own home

Entry Requirements

Advisory pre-requisites are counselling, stress management or psychotherapy training or experience.

For help and advice, call our course advisors on Freephone 0800 062 2900 or 0207 307 5922.

What you will learn

This course consists of 10 lessons:

Lesson 1: Basic Counselling Skills and Theories

  • Introduction
  • Counselling as a Form of Communication
  • Skills and Theory
  • Counselling Tools
  • The Scope of Counselling
  • Summary

Lesson 2: Ethics in Counselling

  • Confidentiality
  • Transference
  • The Counselling Contract
  • Ending the Counselling Relationship
  • Referring Clients
  • Supervision and Mentoring
  • Professional Development

Lesson 3: Theoretical Models for Counselling

  • The Psychodynamic Approach
  • The Humanist Approach
  • The Behaviourist Approach

Lesson 4: Current Perception of Crisis and Trauma Counselling

  • Stress
  • The Stress Reaction
  • Defining Crisis or Trauma
  • Reactions to Crisis or Trauma
  • Classification of Psychological Disorders
  • Common Scenarios in Crisis and Trauma Counselling Practice
  • The Heightened AccessibilityState
  • Preparing to Counsel Those who have Suffered a Crisis or Trauma

Lesson 5: Theories and Models

  • The Theory of Crisis and Intervention
  • The ABC Model
  • The Iceberg Theory
  • Critical Incident Stress Debriefing
  • Self-Awareness
  • Loss Processing
  • Problem Management
  • False Memories and Reprocessing

Lesson 6: Crisis and Trauma Counselling in Action

  • Family Issues
  • Child Abuse
  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse
  • Death and Dying
  • Depression and Suicide
  • Summary

Lesson 7: Critical Incidents

  • Counselling and Critical Incidents
  • Stress Debriefing
  • The Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Model (CISD)
  • The Critical Incident Reprocessing and Recovery Model (CIPR)
  • Psychological First Aid
  • Positive Psychology
  • Critical Incidents and the Counsellor

Lesson 8: Specialist Skills and Short Term Interventions

  • Introduction
  • Short Term Intervention Using the ABC Method
  • Short Term Intervention Using Egan’s Skilled Helper Model
  • Telephone Intervention
  • High Risk and Volatile Situations
  • Setting Boundaries

Lesson 9: Ethical Practice

  • Introduction
  • Counselling Conflicts and Dilemmas
  • Coping with Client Distress
  • Legal Implications
  • Understanding Client Rights
  • Training and Preparation
  • Emotional Burnout
  • Complaints

Lesson 10: Being a Crisis Counsellor: Self Evaluation and Reflection

  • Introduction
  • Application of Skills
  • Being a Counsellor
  • Personal Therapy, Supervision, Peer Review and Reflective Practice
  • Counselling Levels of Expertise

How the course works

This is a paper-based distance learning course. Upon enrolment you receive your first course lessons.

You can study in your own time, at your own pace and from the comfort of your own home. If you have any questions, or would like feedback or encouragement about your course or your studies, you can contact our friendly tutors by phone, email or post.

At the end of each lesson are a set of questions. Completing these can aid your learning and help you master each step before moving on to the next. Your next lesson will then arrive for you to continue when it suits you.

Having progressed through each lesson you can take your final examination at home, and at a date and time that suits you. Then, on successful completion you will be awarded your certificates. You have up to 2 years to complete the course.

Course Length

There are no set time limits or deadlines for this course, so you can study at your own pace. Your progress may therefore depend upon how much time you would like to commit to study. You have 2 years from your enrolment date to complete your distance learning course.

Level and Certification

On successful completion, students will receive:

  • The CCPT Certificate of Completion in Crisis and Trauma Counselling
  • QLS Certificate of achievement

On successful completion of this course, you have received training designed as either a foundation qualification leading to further studies to attain a practitioner level, or professional development to gain additional skills and knowledge to expand the practice of the existing therapist.

Entry Requirements

Advisory pre-requisites are counselling, stress management or psychotherapy training or experience.

For help and advice, call our course advisors on Freephone 0800 062 2900 or 0207 307 5922.

Course fee & how to enrol

There are 2 payment options available to this course, and the study method is Paper based study

Paper based study
You will receive your course units in paper format by post, your assignments can be completed and then submitted to us by post or email.

1) Pay the total course fee of £475* in one sum

2) Pay a deposit of just £55*, followed by 12 instalments of £35

*QLS registration fees included

For help and advice, call our course advisors on Freephone 0800 062 2900 or 0207 307 5922.

Why choose CCPT?

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Flexible study options to fit around you1

Dedicated personal tutor support

valuable certifications

1Some courses are available via more than one study method - see individual courses for available options.

Help & Advice

Call our course advisors on Freephone 0800 062 2900 or 0207 307 5922