Overcoming Trauma & PTSD

Gain deeper understanding and methods to help adults and children deal with trauma and PTSD in this packed course.

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Dealing with the Impact of Trauma and PTSD

with Leading UK Trauma Experts Dr. Tom Barber and Dr. Sandra Westland

Help for Both Adults and Children

The experience of trauma is very much present in our lives, and the effects of trauma reach far and wide. This leaves traces on our minds and emotions, on our ability to experience joy and intimacy, and even our biology and immune system.

With the continual in-depth studying of trauma through neuroscience, developmental psychopathology, and neuropsychology, it has been possible to identify just how trauma produces physiological, psychological and emotional changes.

These are the changes that lead to reactions and actions such as drug taking, eating disorders, severe anxiety and depression, numbness, dissociation, self-harm, hyper-vigilance, and a general lacking of meaning in life.

There are 3 ways of helping:

1. Medication.
2. Top down – From our psychology through working with the traumatic memory and the collapse of all that we know.
3. Bottom up – From our physiology through working with the body’s visceral contradictions locked within.

How This Online Program Will Help

This complete online program, with 29 videos covering nearly 10 hours of video instruction, will show you a combination of top down and bottom up methods of helping someone stuck in trauma. It will give you the tools to help both adults and children regain control over their past trauma, and transform their physical and mental struggles back to self-mastery.

You will experience a range of ways of working, each able to produce profound changes in someone depending on the particular problem, and the makeup of the individual person.

Here’s What You Will Learn


  • An understanding as to what happens psychologically, physiologically, and emotionally in trauma and PTSD, and the process of healing.
  • Insight into when and why trauma can move into a PTSD diagnosis.
  • Clarity on the difference between PTSD and Complex-PTSD (cPTSD).
  • Techniques that help calm the overactive brain functioning and anxiety symptoms.
  • Methods to manage flashbacks and to lessen their occurrences.
  • Knowledge in how to help someone begin to talk about a trauma experience, and foster the beginning of true healing.
  • The most supportive things to say and what not to say to someone who is traumatised.
  • What treatments are available, and which one are the most appropriate for each individual.
You will learn practical techniques and strategies that you can use straight away for yourself or in your work, and which will facilitate immediate benefits for the people you are helping with trauma and PTSD.

"The best trauma training I have ever been on!"

Sharon, London Workshop attendee

Further to this, In the 2-DAY CHILDREN WITH TRAUMA AND PTSD section you will:

  • Understand the different types of trauma.
  • Understand the principles of trauma and the impact on children and main care givers; in particular what happens in the brain and how trauma impacts thoughts, feelings and behaviours, and the psychological impact of trauma for children.
  • Be aware of the theoretical underpinnings of and approaches to trauma, healing and traumatic growth for children. 
  • Be familiar with the variety of issues that arise from trauma (Self harming, suicide ideation, mutism, risk taking) and begin to feel able to formulate an action plan for their healing.
  • Know the impact on the carer and how to manage this. 
  • Gain awareness of a wide variety of techniques to use either yourself or to teach to the young person.

This Online Course Is For You If …

  • You are suffering from the effects of trauma and/or PTSD.
  • You work with adults and/or children suffering from trauma and PTSD (including Complex PTSD) and you want some new ideas on how to be more effective.
  • As a therapist you are looking for different ways of working therapeutically with trauma and PTSD.
  • Someone you know is struggling with a trauma and feels helpless.
  • You want to understand further how trauma impacts people’s lives and what can make a difference to their recovery.

This Online Program Is Delivered By Dr Sandra Westland and Dr Tom Barber, both highly experienced practitioners in working with trauma using the latest psychological approaches.

The methods you will learn are based on scientific and psychological research. Sandra and Tom bring a combined experience of 40 years of psychotherapeutic client work, research, and teaching to the training course.

Sandra has experienced and recovered from PTSD herself, and has many years of experience working with paramedics, ambulance technicians and crisis teams. She has found first hand, in her research on women and problematic weight, that trauma has a bearing on weight, food and body issues.

Tom has spent many years researching the impact of anger and emotion, both prevalent in traumatic events and experiences. He is one of the leading authorities on the experience of anger, particularly in men. His previous military service has provided him with a unique insight into the effects and treatment of trauma from conflict scenarios.

"Such a brilliant workshop. Highly professional, well paced and managed. I learnt so much and grew hugely. Life changing and inspiring. Thank you!"

Belinda, London Workshop attendee

Included in the FULL DAY MASTERCLASS section, are full video instruction presentations, PowerPoint slide presentations and course handouts. These equate to 6.5 hours of CPD - Continuing Professional Development, awarded by Contemporary College of Therapeutic Studies.

Full Course Learning Guide, Presentation Slides and Supplementary Course Notes


Video 1:


  • Welcome.
  • Safety when working with Trauma.
  • Staying present in the work.
  • Psychoeducational based treatments.
  • What is Trauma?
  • Single Blow Vs Repeated Trauma.
  • Human Made Vs Natural Trauma.
  • Horowitz (1979) and the 5 Phases of Adjustment to Trauma.
  • Resilience and Evolvement.
  • Existential Challenges arising from Trauma.
  • Trauma Responses.

Video 2:

Trauma and PTSD definitions and Symptoms, the Brain and Memory, and Survival Strategies and Methods.

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
  • PTSD Definition.
  • Complex PTSD: Symptoms.
  • Trauma and the Brain.
  • Emotional Brain: Reptilian and Limbic System.
  • What Happens in Trauma: Physiologically.
  • What Happens in Trauma: Psychologically.
  • Traumatic memory: Unique, fragmented and unintegrated memory.
  • Basic trauma survival strategies.
  • Recovery methods and strategies.
  • Current Treatments.
  • Complex PTSD Treatments.
  • Recovery, Healing and Growth.

Video 3:

Healing, Neurobiology, the Stages of Recovery, and How to find Calm.

  • The Essentials for Healing: The neurobiological regulator.
  • Stages to Recovery and Healing.
  • Restoring Balance and Finding a Voice.
  • Calming Trauma Effects Down in General.

Video 4 & 5:

Dealing with Trauma Triggers, Getting Connected to Psychological 'Parts', Managing Flashbacks, State Changing for Children, NLP Rewinding for Trauma.

  • Calming Things When Traumatic Triggers Occur.
  • Parts Work: Self-talk and soothing the personality parts that have been triggered.
  • Managing Emotional Flashbacks.
  • Managing flashbacks with Children.
  • NLP: State Changing.
  • NLP: Rewinding and separating the stored emotional impact of trauma.
  • Full demonstration session of the 'Rewind Theatre Screen' technique.

Video 6:

EFT Tapping for Trauma and PTSD, Calming Children in Trauma, Inner Awareness Training, Story-telling, and Meeting the Inner Child.

  • Emotional Freedom Technique: Tapping to clear trauma energy.
  • Working with Children: Helping them to become calm.
  • Increasing Inner Awareness and finding a voice.
  • Increasing Awareness of Inner Experiences.
  • Re-configuring the mind: Telling the ‘True Story’ and the true present experiences.
  • What helps process Trauma? Mindfulness based methods.
  • Meeting and Hearing Your Inner Child.

Video 7 & 8:

Inner Personality Parts work for Trauma resolution, Internal Family Systems Trauma Release, Psychomotor Therapy and the Mind-Body Narrative.

  • Internal Family Systems and trauma resolution.
  • The function of personality parts.
  • Full demonstration session of the 'Parts Therapy' technique, for working with personalty parts.
  • Further therapeutic dissociative techniques.
  • Psychomotor Therapy: Moving into a sensory motor experience.
  • The mind-body integrative narrative.

“A deep and engaging workshop which can really be the start of an internal journey. Incredibly powerful.” Pareena, Manchester Workshop attendee

Included in the 2-DAY CHILDREN WITH TRAUMA AND PTSD section, are full video instruction presentations and PowerPoint slide presentations. These equate to 10.5 hours of CPD - Continuing Professional Development, awarded by Contemporary College of Therapeutic Studies.

Full Course Learning Guide, and Presentation Slides


Videos 1 to 5:

Introduction - The Effects of Trauma on the Brain - Trauma, the Brain and Survival - Trauma in Childhood and the Brain - PTSD and Complex PTSD - The Impact, Influences and Strategies of Working with Children in Trauma.

  • Self-Care for the Carer.
  • Methods of Staying Present, Centred and Grounded.
  • The Challenges of Helping Children in Trauma.
  • What happens to the brain in trauma. 
  • The effects of trauma physiologically and psychologically.
  • Traumatic memory.
  • The impact of trauma on the brain functioning of children, and the subsequent behavioural changes.
  • Attachment disruptions, Emotional and cognitive impairment and internal communication shifts.
  • The core symptoms of PTSD and Complex PTSD or developmental trauma. 
  • Secondary Traumatic Stress.
  • The impact of working with children with trauma and PTSD. 
  • The influence of our own childhood learning and messages. 
  • Strategies that are used in reaction to trauma, such as imitation, over-doing it, projection, recreation, defences, triggers, the inner critic.

Videos 6 to 10:

Psychological Defence Strategies of Dealing with Stress Anxiety and Fear - Transference, Projection and Projective Identification - Methods of Reducing Stress and Anxiety: Relaxation Method and the SWISH Technique - Methods of Reducing Stress and Anxiety: State Changing Rewind Technique and Self-Exploration.

  • The various mechanisms that the mind employs to deal with situations that children may find stressful, anxiety provoking, scary, or too complex to process.
  • How children might cope with their trauma by transferring their emotions, thoughts, impulses and desires onto those that are caring for them.
  • The demonstration of two methods for helping children reduce anxiety and stress - Stress reducing relaxation method - State changing technique from NLP called the SWISH technique.
  • Demonstration of the full SWISH technique
  • Two further methods for helping children reduce anxiety and stress - The 'Rewind Technique', which utilises a mental rehearsal method - Then a brief method for helping those looking after traumatised children to manage their own emotions and states, by connecting to their younger sense of self.

Videos 11 to 15:

Methods of Reducing Stress and Anxiety: Creating a Resourceful Self - Dealing with Self Halm - Methods of Reducing Stress and Anxiety: Using Emotional Freedom Technique with Children - Suicide: How to Spot the Signs and What to do to Help - Mutism: How to Recognise and Work with Mutism and a Method for Expression.

  • Learn here how to create a resourceful state, which can then be taken into situations where a child may have been struggling before, such as exam nerves. It can also be used by the adult looking after children to create a more resourceful state when working through the often-difficult periods that looking after children with trauma brings.
  • The various ways to approach self-harm and what can help.
  • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), which is often called Tapping, to clear trauma energy.
  • Suicidal ideation and some of the statistics around suicide. 
  • The myths surrounding suicide. 
  • Signs to look out for with children in relation to suicidal ideas, and at what to do to help. 
  • The Blow Away Technique.
  • The signs of selective and traumatic mutism.
  • What happens for the child with expression through words.
  • Helping inner expression through the Silent Abreaction technique.

Videos 16 to 21:

The Essential Aspects of Healing Trauma with Children - Improving Communication with Children through Representational Systems - Visualisation for Children for Stress Reduction and Creativity - Restoring Balance through Further Techniques - Opening the Inner Experience and Creating the Trauma Narrative - Re-configuring the Mind System.

  • The stages for recovery and healing from trauma. 
  • Regaining balance for the child by tapping into specific language patterns.
  • Restoring Balance and Calming things Down: The Representational Systems - Maps of the World - Language Patterns - Speaking the Others Language - How you Position Yourself in Space.
  • The Five Sensory Modalities: Visual, Auditory, Kinaesthetic, Olfactory and Gustatory - The Auditory Digital Processing Type - Eye Cues - Watching and Listening for Patterns and Themes.
  • The Magic Carpet: A classical visualisation that can be used with children for reducing stress and getting them reconnected with their imagination.
  • Dealing with Trauma Triggers - Those moments when something reminds you of what’s happened and when the panic and anxiety response starts running.
  • Managing Flashbacks – Trauma memory is not attached to time, so the experience of what happened returns as if it is happening right now.
  • Restore balance with techniques such as 'The Worry Safe', positive thinking exercises, and learn how to calm traumatic triggers. We explore the impact and importance of breathing, and how to break cycles of memory through techniques such as the 'Remote Control Method'. We finish with the power of being able to change mental 'states'.
  • Further ways of restoring balance and increasing awareness of inner responses. The exploration of how to teach someone to get back into their bodies and begin to know how they feel and what is really happening.
  • Introducing Feeling Scales - Finding a voice and telling the story - Ways of creatively forming the trauma narrative.
  • Changing old behaviours, and introducing new desirable patterns. This includes the 'STOP Button technique', integration of the current day awareness, supported then by 'Time Line' conditioning. We finish with a summary of learning.

"Excellent in-depth teaching to a whole new level." - Sharon, London Workshop attendee

With both sections, you will have lifetime access to 10 hours of video instruction, presentation slides, and course handouts in this course, and as the sessions are also contained on our servers you will not need to download any files, or have any space taken up by DVDs. This amounts also to 17 hours of CPD certification.


In the bonus section we have added some additional materials that are useful when working with trauma, such as de-stress and relaxation audio recordings, our Overcome Insomnia program, and the eBook Trauma and PTSD Uncovered.

You can take as much time as you want to study each approach and technique in your own time through your Personal Online Member’s portal on either your computer, tablet or phone (all platforms included such as iPhone and Android, etc.)

You also have a 30-day money back guarantee, so if you are not completely satisfied with the program once you have completed it, then you can get your money back, no questions asked.

A fact filled, experiential course, with practical ideas that I can use.” Judy, Manchester Workshop.

“Amazing training. Very powerful.” Jackie, Manchester Workshop.

“Brilliant and enlightening. I’ll be able to use a lot of the exercises with my patients.” Judith, Manchester Workshop.

"A very informative day. I came away with a wealth of information and an appetite to learn more." Gillian, Manchester Workshop.

"That was extraordinary training." Amanda, Manchester Workshop.

To get started click the BEGIN YOUR COURSE button at the top or bottom of this page.

Intended Audience: counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists, social workers, teachers, doctors, paramedics, military, foster carers, nurses, hypnotherapists

Course Curriculum

Terms and Conditions of Use
Using this Course
Presentation Slides
Additional Course Notes
Video 1 - Introduction, and The Psycho-educational Aspect of Trauma
Video 2 - Trauma, the Brain, and Survival.
Video 3 - Healing, Neurobiology, the Stages of Recovery, and How to find Calm.
Video 4 - Trauma Triggers, Psychological 'Parts', and Flashbacks
Video 5 - The 'Rewind' Theatre Screen Technique Demonstration
Video 6 - EFT Tapping, Calming Children in Trauma, Inner Awareness Training, Story-telling, and Meeting the Inner Child.
Video 7 - Inner Personality Parts work for Trauma resoution, Internal Family Systems Trauma Release, Psychomotor Therapy and the Mind-Body Narrative.
Video 8 - Parts Therapy Demonstration
CPD Certification
Presentation Slides
Video 1: Introduction
Video 2: The Effects of Trauma on the Brain, Physiology, Psychology and Memory
Video 3: Trauma in Childhood and the Brain
Video 4: PTSD and Complex PTSD
Video 5: The Impact, Influences, and Strategies of Working with Children with Trauma
Video 6: Psychological Defence Strategies of Dealing with Stress, Anxiety, and Fear
Video 7: Transference, Projection and Projective Identification
Video 8: Methods for Reducing Stress and Anxiety - Relaxation Method & The SWISH Technique
Video 9: The SWISH Technique Demonstration
Video 10: Methods for Reducing Stress and Anxiety - State Changing Rewind Technique & Self Exploration
Video 11: Methods for Reducing Stress and Anxiety - Creating a Resourceful Self
Video 12: Dealing with Self Harm
Video 13: Methods for Reducing Stress and Anxiety - Using Emotional Freedom Technique with Children
Video 14: Suicide - How to Spot the Signs and What to do to Help
Video 15: Mutism - How to Recognise and Work with Mutism, and a Method for Inner Expression
Video 16: The Essential Aspects for Healing Trauma with Children
Video 17: Improving Communication with Children in Trauma through the Representational Systems
Video 18: Visualisation for Children for Stress Reduction and Creativity
Video 19: Restoring Balance through further Techniques
Video 20: Opening the Inner Experience and Creating the Trauma Narrative
Video 21: Re-configuring the Mind System
CPD Certification
Book: Trauma and PTSD Uncovered
MP3s: Relaxation and De-Stress Audio Recordings
Overcome Insomnia Program

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