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CPD Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Management

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In recent years, research has advanced our understanding of PTSD and its treatment. PTSD can be caused by exposure to a wide range of traumatic events, and the mental and physical impact suffered often demand therapeutic assistance.

The information in this course will provide students with a greater awareness of the need for prompt recognition of symptoms, and of the current treatment strategies that could benefit clients, their families and those who work with them.

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

For professional use, a pre-requisite is Counselling or Psychotherapy.

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 12 lessons:

Lesson 1: What is PTSD?

  • Introduction
  • History
  • Definitions
  • What are Potentially Traumatic Events or Stressors?

Lesson 2: What Causes PTSD to Develop?/ Risk Factors and Vulnerability

  • Wars
  • Large-Scale Disasters
  • Other Disasters
  • In Summary
  • Risk Factors and Vulnerability

Lesson 3: The Stress Response

  • ‘Good’ Stress
  • The ‘Fight or Flight’ Response
  • Acute and Chronic Stress
  • Biology
  • What Happens in an Abnormal Stress Response?
  • Does Genetic Makeup Play a Key Role?
  • In Summary

Lesson 4: The Negative Effects of Stress

  • The Immune System
  • Immune System Dysfunction
  • Physical Complications of Chronic Stress
  • Psychological Complications of Chronic Stress

Lesson 5: Assessment and Diagnosis

  • Data Processing
  • Documentation
  • In Summary

Lesson 6: Interviewing Techniques for PTSD Therapists/Counsellor Assessment Tools

  • Questioning
  • Other Verbal Techniques
  • Non-verbal Techniques
  • Active Listening
  • Summary
  • Assessment Tools
  • TSI (Trauma Symptom Inventory) Belief Scale
  • Trauma Assessment Inventories

Lesson 7: Assessment Tools (Continued)

  • The CAPS-I Rating Scale
  • Anxiety Disorders Interview Schedule – Revised (ADIS-R)
  • The Penn Inventory
  • Trauma Symptom Inventory (TSI)
  • Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI)
  • Beck Depression Inventory (BDI)
  • Beck Hopelessness Scale (BHS)
  • The Stroop Colour Word Test
  • Psychiatric Diagnostic Screening Questionnaire (PDSQ)
  • The Post-Traumatic Checklist Scale (PCLS)
  • My Worst Experience Scale (MWES)
  • The MENT Test
  • DSM-IV Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
  • Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF) Scale (DSM-IV, AXIS V)

Lesson 8: Intervention Strategies

  • The Mitchell Model of Psychological Debriefing
  • Effectiveness of Debriefing
  • Benefits of Debriefing
  • Acute Traumatic Stress Management (ATSM)
  • Guidelines for Assessment and Treatment of Clients

Lesson 9: Medication

  • Antidepressants
  • Anxiolytics
  • Anticonvulsants
  • Mood Stabilisers

Lesson 10: Helping Clients to Cope

  • Working Towards Recovery
  • Building Resilience
  • Coping Styles
  • Maladaptive Coping Strategies
  • Positive or Adaptive Coping Responses

Lesson 11: Post-Traumatic Therapy (PTT)/ Treatment Options

  • Foundations
  • The Principles of Therapy
  • Treatment Options
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Case Study

Lesson 12: Psychotherapy Theories and Theorists/ Further Treatment Options

  • Sigmund Freud
  • Carl Jung
  • Other Theorists
  • Goals of Psychotherapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Case Study
  • Conclusion

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 Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Management
  • 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

For professional use, a pre-requisite is Counselling or Psychotherapy.

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?

Learn with the

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