Certificate or Diploma in Trauma Therapy
All courses run by The Grove are being delivered by online web conferencing via Zoom until further notice. This forms The Grove’s response to the current public health restrictions on travel and meeting in person. We are supporting the profession and the public by providing this training in order to resource practitioners in offering enhanced therapy to their clients.
Increasing attention is being focused on clients who attend therapy while suffering from the effects of traumatic experiences from their past. This course is designed to equip qualified mental health professionals (counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists) with the understanding and skills to work therapeutically and ethically in addressing clients’ trauma and dissociation. Other related professionals such as case managers, keyworkers or service managers are welcome to apply.
Psychological trauma is identifiable and treatable, to reduce client suffering and restore fulfilment in life. This training provides a knowledge base and a valuable toolkit of materials for working with trauma clients by using cognitive and body-based techniques for symptom reduction, founded on psychoeducation. Participants in the 12-day course will receive training in assessment and formulation of trauma client presentations, be trained in Trauma-Focused CBT (CPT) and will also be trained in EFT to Level 1 and Level 2 (Emotional Freedom Technique, or “tapping”), all included in this course.
This 12-day CPD Certificate / Diploma course runs over 6 months, taught on 1 weekend per month, February – July 2021. To receive the CPD Certificate, the participant will attend the CPD training dates only. To receive the Diploma award, the participant will undertake additional written assignments at a higher level of cost.
This course is designed for qualified therapists who are already well-established in their practice. The starting point of the course requires that clinicians have competence in core therapeutic and relational skills. All participants must have qualified as a counsellor, psychotherapist, clinical psychologist, psychiatrist, or in a related professional field such as social work or education. This assumes an understanding of the basic tenets of establishing safety and containment in therapy in order to provide a secure base for working with psychological trauma.
Although the qualification does not have an Ofqual-regulated status, we would say that it is taught at the equivalent of Level 6 (Certificate) or Level 7 (Diploma): as a post-qualification training with the requirement to evaluate theoretical concepts and implementation in practice with a significant level of reflective self-assessment.
Please see the feedback from previous students on this course, in the testimonials at the bottom of this page.
The Grove’s courses have been successfully recognised as CPD for members of the following membership bodies: BACP, UKCP, COSRT, NCP, NCS, AHPP, BPS, among others. Organisations such as universities, colleges, the NHS, Relate, MIND, and Place2B have also supported their therapists in taking training with The Grove. This is a mark of unofficial validation of our courses as worthy of being listed on the CPD logs for these organisations and therapists.
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Certificate or Diploma in Trauma Therapy
The course will be led by two directors of The Grove, Sarah Paton Briggs and Elliot Davis, supported by The Grove’s medical director, Dr James Kustow. They bring their experience and studies regarding therapy for trauma and dissociation. The faculty will include other tutors who have contributed to the world of psychotraumatology, with psychiatrists including Dr Walter Busuttil, Dr James Kustow, and other practitioners with specialist skills such as Phil Mollon and Ashley Meyer. Importantly, the voice of the survivor will also be heard: Matt Carey will share his perspective on how therapy helped him address the traumatic impact of the childhood sexual abuse (CSA) he endured. Other trauma survivors may also speak about their experiences and how trauma therapy helped.
Fees for 2021: this course can be taken at different levels of participation. After paying an initial deposit of £300, the remaining fee can be paid in full or by instalments. Please contact us to discuss a payment plan. The Grove is also happy to invoice all or part of the fee to an employer or organisation which is providing funding. Contact us to discuss the fee arrangements you would like to implement.
12-day Certificate in Trauma Therapy: £2,500 + VAT = £3,000. The fee includes attendance and materials including resources forming the trauma treatment toolkit for the 12-day CPD programme, which includes the 3-day EFT training and 1-day TF-CBT (CPT) training within the 12 days.:
12-day Diploma in Trauma Therapy: attendance on the 12-day CPD programme plus submission of a leaflet and two written assignments (essay and case study) for award of the Diploma rather than the Certificate: £3,000 + VAT = £3,600. The fee includes attendance and materials including resources forming the trauma treatment toolkit for the 12-day CPD programme, which includes the 3-day EFT training and 1-day TF-CBT (CPT) training within the 12 days.
The 2020 intake is full and has commenced, so we are now inviting applications for the 2021 intake.
1-day CPD certification in Trauma-Focused CBT (CPT): £175 + VAT = £210.
Sunday 16th May 2021, planned as attendance in person, with Zoom as a backup plan.
This research-based protocol of Cognitive Processing Therapy is recognised in the NICE guidelines as Trauma-Focused CBT, an intervention for treating PTSD. This approach was developed in the USA at the National Center for PTSD.
Offered as an open-access CPD day, this 1-day unit can be taken as a stand-alone training by those who do not wish to take the 12-day course. This day forms part of the full 12-day course which is attended alongside the student group enrolled on the 12-day Certificate or Diploma.
3-day CPD certification in EFT Level 1 and Level 2 (Emotional Freedom Technique): £500 + VAT = £600.
Sunday 14 March 2021, Saturday 10 April & Sunday 11 April 2021, planned as attendance in person, with Zoom as a backup plan.
This is an open-access CPD module which can be taken as a 3-day stand-alone unit. The EFT module is taught by Ashley Meyer, who is a trainer in EFT accredited by EFT International (EFTI). This training meets the syllabus defined by EFTI as the start-point for accreditation as an EFT practitioner.
This 3-day module forms part of the full 12-day course which is attended alongside the student group which is enrolled on the 12-day Certificate or Diploma.
Each level of participation will attract a CPD certificate of attendance from The Grove Practice, as appropriate whether for the 12-day Certificate, 12-day Diploma, 3-day EFT, or 1-day TF-CBT (CPT) respectively.
The Grove’s Diploma in Trauma Therapy will be awarded after attendance on the 12-day Certificate course, plus the satisfactory completion of the written assignments.
See the tabs below for full details of the course description, syllabus, assessment criteria, and tutor faculty.
Tea, coffee, water are provided at the venue each day. Lunch is not included in the course fee. Shops and cafes are nearby.
The 12-day course for the Certificate or Diploma is taught over 6 weekends on the following Saturday and Sunday dates in 2021:
6 & 7 February
13 & 14 March
10 & 11 April
15 & 16 May
19 & 20 June
10 & 11 July
Times each day:
10am – 4:30pm, apart from the EFT days which are:-
Sunday 14 March 9:30am – 5:30pm.
We are accepting applications for the 2021 intake.
The course will run again in 2022, dates to be announced.
The format will mirror the timing and structure for the 2021 intake.
Contact us to register your interest so you can be advised when dates for 2022 are announced during 2021.
Course venue for future intakes when circumstances allow
De Vere West One
9-10 Portland Place, London, W1B 1PR.
This training centre is just north of Oxford Circus tube near the Langham Hotel and the BBC TV centre.
The course is taught at a level suitable for qualified professionals who are already established in their own mode of practice. The content is presented at a level equivalent to post-graduate study. This means that attendees will be expected to:
- Relate the course material to their own case material (anonymously but contextually).
- Analyse the concepts being taught and critically reflect on how to use the learning in their own work context.
- Discuss the material during the time on taught course days spent in the full group, and participate in skills practice exercises in smaller groups.
- If taking the Diploma course, write essays at graduate level, incorporating explanation of theoretical concepts, their own evaluation of the material, plus a case study description of how this learning has been used in their own clinical practice.
The course consists of theoretical, experiential and supervisory components. The theoretical input encourages critical engagement with the theory and practice of trauma therapy. Assessment is ongoing and aims to ensure that students are able to work with the dynamics and processes of traumatologie; that there is congruence between the student’s theoretical knowledge and their competence in practising trauma therapy. Teaching emphasises the multi-layered, multi-faceted processes of trauma therapy, including the use of one’s own process (while avoiding vicarious trauma).
The course culture is explicitly “high support” and “high challenge”.
The integrative stance of the course is in recognition that there will differences in training background or theoretical approach between participants. We appreciate the diversity of training modalities and approaches that participants bring to the course. Onto that foundation we offer the opportunity to build a cohesive way of working as a trauma therapist.
The course philosophy aims to establish a learning community in which a working alliance is established which encourages participants to take responsibility for their own learning and to support the learning of other course members.
Theory ✓ Experiential components ✓ Skills practice ✓ Applying theory and skills in practice ✓
This training will:
- Give an overview of theory relating to therapy for psychological trauma and PTSD,
- Offer a systematic method for assessing and implementing trauma therapy,
- Equip participants with practical therapy skills,
- Provide a method for undertaking thorough assessment for trauma clients and develop a tailored treatment plan,
- Train attendees in evidence-based trauma therapy, along with other mindfulness and body-based-awareness approaches.
The full 12-day CPD programme covers the following content. The shorter CPD options cover only the topic area delivered on those days.
This syllabus will cover:
- Definition of trauma, PTSD, Complex PTSD, using assessment methods and diagnostic criteria
- An understanding of evidence-based treatment protocols, with training in Trauma-Focused CBT
- Methodical focus on client priorities and formulating a relational treatment approach which follows the industry standard tri-phasic model
- A range of techniques for psycho-education and stabilisation of trauma symptoms, including emotional regulation and mind-body awareness
- Training in EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique, also known as “tapping”)
- An understanding of evidence-based treatment protocols, with training in Trauma-Focused CBT
- Practical ways of addressing intrusive imagery: flashbacks, nightmares, recurring memories.
- Outline overview of other treatment protocols such as EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing), exposure techniques, adjunctive or complementary therapies.
- Managing the client’s treatment and recovery journey, common difficulties such as dissociation or crisis moments).
- Working with specific client groups: child sexual abuse, war zones or combat veterans, domestic violence, disasters or accidents.
- Putting it all together: documentation, multi-disciplinary working with other medical or mental health professionals, insurance or legal cases.
This course can be taken at different levels of participation.
- 12-day CPD Certificate in Trauma Therapy: this option is for attendance only as experiential learning.
- 12-day Diploma in Trauma Therapy: attendance at all of the 12-day programme dates plus satisfactory completion of written assignments. Assessed written assignment products to be submitted by the student comprise: psycho-education leaflet for use by clients; 3,000 word essay defining trauma, dissociation and co-morbidities; 3,000 word trauma therapy case study. Guidelines for the essay and case study will be written in the course handbook. Briefings will also be given verbally during the course. The purpose of the essay is to ensure that participants have understood the spectrum of trauma characteristics from mild to severe, including diagnostic definitions of PTSD and Complex PTSD – along with recognising symptoms and how to treat them. The case study will be an opportunity to show how a systematic phase-based treatment plan has been implemented.
Each level of participation will attract a CPD certificate of attendance from The Grove Practice, in addition to the course materials distributed during the programme. The certification will state either “Certificate in Trauma Therapy” or “Diploma in Trauma Therapy” according to the programme for which the student enrolled.
There will also be continuous assessment by the tutors of the student’s presence in the student group and the ability to integrate the taught material.
Additionally, a minimum of 80% attendance (10 of the total 12 days) is required to be awarded the Certificate or Diploma course title.
If less than 10 days of the Certificate course are attended, the CPD attendance will list the dates which were attended.
If less than 10 days of the Diploma course are attended, the participant will need to agree a suitable substitute for the days which were missed. This may comprise a book review, a written piece, or a tutorial (at additional cost).
The Grove Practice is a long-established counselling and psychotherapy practice based in central London, with a team of respected and accredited therapists. The Grove has developed a number of high quality professional training courses, including this supervision training. Indeed, the growing demand for the application of psychological models in organisational settings led to the additional establishment of The Grove’s training programmes, coaching team and organisational consultancy.
The faculty for each course is drawn from the following tutors. The course will be jointly led by Sarah Paton Briggs and Elliot Davis, supported by additional facilitators who will be contributing their specialist areas of expertise.
Sarah Paton Briggs brings her experience of working therapeutically with survivors of sexual abuse and rape, along with a wealth of knowledge regarding trauma therapy for military veterans and first responders.
Sarah has provided therapy for veterans funded by Walking With The Wounded and Help 4 Heroes. She has also given clinical assessment support for The Dare To Live Trust’s equine-facilitated programmes for veterans. Her clients have comprised serving members of the armed forces or emergency first-responders or statutory services. Sarah has undertaken therapy programmes either privately-funded or through Employee Assistance Programmes including private health insurance schemes for employees of the Metropolitan Police Service, Wiltshire Fire Service, Wiltshire Police, Gloucestershire Police, Wiltshire Council.
As part of The Grove’s team, Sarah co-wrote a successful proposal funded by the building’s insurer, for a psychological trauma therapy service to support a group of those who were affected by the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017. Sarah was one of the project directors who set up a multi-lingual, multi-disciplinary, multi-site trauma therapy service (which is still in operation).
Sarah is a director of The Grove Practice, where she has held a management role for over 10 years. She is a supervisor accredited by BACP and by COSRT. As an accredited psychotherapist, psychosexual & relationship therapist, drug & alcohol counsellor, Sarah has a wealth of experience working with adult clients, either as individuals or couples – where traumatic experiences often have a bearing on current client presentations. Working in a trauma-informed way, she brings an engaging and relational approach to her client work.
Trauma is a significant area of her practice. Sarah has worked with many survivors of childhood sexual abuse and rape, supporting them in making sense of what has happened and encouraging them to process what has happened so that they can reconstruct more confidence and purpose in life.
Sarah’s professional trauma credentials include:
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional awarded by the International Association of Trauma Professionals.
Member of the UK Psychological Trauma Society (UKPTS)
Member of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS)
Member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
EMDR Level 1, 2 & 3 (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing)
EFT Level 1 & 2 (training attended)
Matrix Reimprinting (training attended)
She has undertaken CPD training with internationally-acclaimed teachers in the world of psycho-traumatology:
- Dr Daniel Siegel
- Babette Rothschild
- Bessel van der Kolk MD
- Dr Janina Fisher
- Professor Berthold Gersons
- Kathy Steele
During 2019 she will complete training in EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) and Matrix Reimprinting.
In line with best practice guidelines for psycho-traumatology, Sarah has trained in a range of approaches to treating trauma, including the evidence-based protocol of CPT (Cognitive Processing Therapy) which falls under the NICE guidelines for Trauma-Focused CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). Other protocols include EMDR (Levels 1 and 2), as well as BEPP (Brief Eclectic Psychotherapy for PTSD). She has received training in assessing and diagnostics for trauma, PTSD, and Complex PTSD. Importantly for symptomatic relief as a first stage in trauma treatment, Sarah is trained in a range of approaches for emotional regulation and stabilisation of symptoms such as flashbacks or panic attacks, including STAIR (Skills Training in Affect and Interpersonal Regulation).
Equine-facilitated therapy is a gentle yet profound way in which Sarah supports trauma clients, many of whom have survived unwanted sexual experiences. The horses usually guide clients in setting healthier boundaries and building trust through safe touch. Sarah is certified in equine therapy by IFEEL and LEAP.
Sarah is a faculty member for IFEEL, teaching on an Ofqual-regulated Level 6 and emerging Level 7 practitioner training in equine-facilitated psycho-traumatology.
Sarah also teaches on The Grove’s supervision course, given her experience in supervising therapists through each stage of their professional development: as trainees, then qualified therapists, plus supporting supervisees towards BACP accreditation or UKCP registration. Her clinical management role at the practice also involves the practical application of ethical principles including boundaries, contracting, confidentiality, balancing the client’s autonomy with upholding the role of the therapist, all within the commercial context of The Grove.
Feedback on Sarah’s teaching style indicates that she is “structured and informed”.
Elliot Davis Elliot is a practising psychotherapist based in London, certified as Clinical Trauma Profession Level I (CCCTP-Level I) and a Complex Trauma Professional (CCTP-II). He has worked extensively with survivors of domestic abuse, sexual abuse and rape, road accident survivors with life-changing injures and military veterans. He is accredited by the UKCP & BACP.
Elliot’s initial training was completed at the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy (CCPE) completing a combined academic/experiential five- year postgraduate Diploma.
Elliot has trained in a range of approaches to treating trauma. His focussed studies have been around the treatment of Dissociation, Increasing Awareness of Dysregulated Parts and Dissociative States, Working with Traumatic Memory in Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), Traumatic Attachment and the Treatment of Dissociative Disorders. He has further trained in the evidence-based protocol of CPT (Cognitive Processing Therapy) which falls under the NICE guidelines for Trauma-Focused CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy).
He has developed a specialist focus for symptomatic relief as a first stage in trauma treatment, using a range of approaches for emotional regulation and stabilisation of symptoms such as flashbacks or panic attacks, including STAIR (Skills Training in Affect and Interpersonal Regulation).
He has received CPD psycho-traumatology training with the following acclaimed teachers in the Trauma field:
- Babette Rothschild
- Bessel van der Kolk MD
- Dr Janina Fisher
He holds multiple accreditations including a Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from Birkbeck University and Dip (Psych) from CCPE. He also holds further Certification in Couples Counselling and has studied various trauma treatment protocols. Elliot has worked within the NHS supporting a multi-disciplinary team in Acute Admissions. He has also worked in the charity sector and with all sizes of commercial organisations.
Dr James Kustow James is Medical Director of The Grove and practises as a Consultant Psychiatrist in Harley Street.
Trauma is a significant area of his work and he is experienced in diagnosing PTSD alongside trauma treatment planning.
He runs a truly integrative private clinic located at 127 Harley Street, and also works in the NHS one day a week in the field of Adult ADHD. James is a general adult psychiatrist with considerable experience working with the full range of mental health problems encountered in adulthood. In recent years, he has worked as a psychiatrist to a London-based university, seeing students with mental health difficulties.
He is also a trained integrative psychotherapist and has an interest, and many years of experience using, body-focussed interventions when working with psychological trauma and its various and broad ranging manifestations. Amongst other approaches he is trained in hypnotherapy (Diploma), EMDR (Adv) and EFT (Adv). James has also trained in nutrition, believing this to be critical for optimal mental wellbeing.
James studied medicine in Nottingham and trained in psychiatry with the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (Guys and St Thomas’ hospitals) and at St Mary’s Hospital.
James is a respected clinician both within and outside the NHS. One of his main areas of specialist expertise is Adult ADHD. He works in one of the very few London-based specialist Adult ADHD services in the NHS. He is on the Executive Board of UKAAN (the main professional organisation for Adult ADHD in the UK) and is UKAAN’s Training Programme Director. The comprehensive training programme UKAAN offers is highly regarded in the UK and further afield.
Dr Walter Busuttilhas a long and distinguished career in diagnosing and treating PTSD across the breath of military and civilian populations. He has held the position of Medical Director of Combat Stress for 12 years, following his original psychiatry training and career with the RAF. He was formerly part of the management team for the Traumatic Stress Service at the Priory Ticehurst Hospital. He has been a member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies since 1992. He was a member of the UK Trauma Group from 1998 and was then Chair of the UK Trauma Group for five years until 2013. He was also a Founder Board Member of the UK Psychological Trauma Society between 2010 and 2013.
Dr Busuttil graduated in Medicine from the University of Manchester in 1983. He served in the Medical Branch of the Royal Air Force for 16 years. He was appointed a consultant psychiatrist in 1994. Prior to this in 1988 he qualified as a Principal in General Practice. In the RAF he was part of the team that helped rehabilitate the Beirut Hostages and combatants from the first Gulf War. Between 1997 and 2004 he set up and led a tertiary referral service for sufferers of complex presentations of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder including adult survivors of sexual abuse at the Priory Ticehurst House Hospital in East Sussex. He was then appointed Medical Director to the all-women’s medium secure hospital, ‘The Dene’ in Burgess Hill, West Sussex; where he established a combined dialectic behaviour therapy and psychological trauma service for women suffering from Complex PTSD and Borderline Personality Disorder.
Dr Busuttil joined Combat Stress in June 2007 where he set up cutting edge evidence-based clinical services which replaced respite care services. Clinical services comprised multidisciplinary residential and community evidence-based intervention therapy programmes. In 2011 his service design bid was awarded £20 million from NHS England National Specialist Commissioning to set up residential rehabilitation programmes for veterans suffering from severe chronic PTSD. These programmes were also funded in Scotland commissioned by NHS Scottish. He is a member of the NHSE Armed Forces Clinical Reference Psychiatry Task and Finish Group. He regularly liaises at the highest levels with politicians, the NHS, MoD and other agencies. He regularly comments about psychological trauma issues in the national and international media.
Dr Busuttil set up the Combat Stress Veterans’ Research Department in 2014 embedding it within the Kings Centre for Military Health Research. In the past 5 years, this department has produced over 50 peer-reviewed papers and several book chapters and one book on veterans’ mental health. He has supervised and facilitated the development of collaborations with UK and internationally-based universities and organisations in Australia, Canada and the USA. He gave evidence to the Defence Select Committee related to mental health needs and treatment service provision for veterans in the UK in 2018. Since 2018 he has been part of the 5 Eyes Mental Health Research and Innovation Collaborative (5 Eyes MRIC) representing UK Veterans’ Mental Health which advises the 5 Veterans’ Ministers of the United Kingdom, the USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. He has published over 70 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters on PTSD and related disorders; as an invited speaker he has delivered over 240 presentations including keynote lectures, workshops and original research papers in the UK and abroad. He has offered training in military and veteran psychiatry, management of adult survivors and complex PTSD and Dissociative Disorders; disaster management and psychological first aid to first responders; and the biological theories of PTSD and interventions using medications. He has been an invited member on several international Round Tables concerning military psychiatry, psychological first aid and early interventions and treatment approaches.
Dr Busuttil is also active in private practice managing clinical cases as well as undertaking medico-legal work. He routinely assesses and treats patients suffering the effects of psychological trauma generated by road traffic accidents, interpersonal violence, accidents at work, clinical negligence, disaster and conflict.
For this course, he teaches on diagnostics for trauma presentations, the role for medication, management of co-morbidities, and the role of trauma as the underpinning for many common psychiatric disorders. He brings a wealth of experience in clinical settings and in running traumatic stress treatment services.
Phil Mollon is a psychoanalyst, psychotherapist, and clinical psychologist, and has taught widely throughout the UK and internationally. His passion is Psychoanalytic Energy Psychotherapy, a field that Dr Mollon pioneered, combining the principles of energy psychology with the deeper understanding of psychoanalysis. He is the author of 12 professional books, several of which concern trauma, traumatic memory, and trauma-based dissociation. His 1996 book Multiple Selves, Multiple Voices (Wiley) was the first UK book on working psychotherapeutically with people with DID and trauma-based personality disorders. Dr Mollon, worked in the NHS full time for 37 years, and was head of psychology and psychotherapy services for north Hertfordshire. He is the immediate past president of the international organisation, the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP).
For this course, Phil teaches approaches to trauma therapy using energy psychology.
London-based Ashley Meyer has been involved with EFT and Energy Psychology since 2004 when he first became a practitioner. Discovering how “tapping” revolutionised his client work, he went on to become an advanced practitioner and then master practitioner as well as a trainer accredited and certified by the worldwide professional body, EFT International.
In addition to EFT, Ashley has trained in other energy psychology techniques, NLP and hypnotherapy. He is a Psychosynthesis counsellor and is currently working towards his MA in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy.
Ashley has had extensive experience working with “mind-body” conditions, specifically conditions for which western medicine offer little advice or hope. Chronic Fatigue and ME have been central to this interest as has the impact of trauma on the body and energy system. For this training, Ashley teaches EFT in relation to trauma clients, drawing on his extensive experience in the field. He continues to deepen his work by attending CPD events when available, including seminars run by Bessel van der Kolk, Gabor Mate and Peter Levine. Ashley also provides support to a new charity, Support Veterans UK, in both a clinical and training capacity.
Authenticity is central to Ashley’s approach and he relishes any opportunity to share his passion through his inspirational trainings.
For this course, Ashley teaches EFT “tapping” according to the EFTI (Emotional Freedom Technique International) syllabus. Therapists who attend this part of The Grove’s trauma therapy course will be eligible to work towards accreditation with EFTI – which will be an additional cost and time commitment outside The Grove’s training provision, potentially supported by Ashley Meyer for supervision towards accreditation.
Matt was eight years old when he was targeted by a group of predatory paedophiles who subjected him to 18-months of horrific sexual abuse in the public toilets of local parks and on the sea front of his hometown. He was too ashamed and scared to tell anyone what had happened…not his parents, friends or family.
In his acclaimed book, A Small Boy Smiling, Matt tells a remarkable story of survival and overcoming the trauma, guilt and shame of childhood sexual abuse, teenage alcoholism, sexual anorexia, and post-traumatic stress disorder. His lifelong search for peace, love and healing culminates in personal spiritual awakening and a desire to help other survivors of sexual abuse to discover their own healing.
The book includes a chapter written by Matt’s trauma therapist Sarah Paton Briggs, called Soulful Space: Reflections On My Therapy Work With Matt. Matt invited Sarah to pull back the curtain of client/therapist confidentiality and write a chapter about his therapy sessions with her from the therapist’s perspective.
Since the book was published in 2018, Matt has been busy promoting the book with public talks, and both he and Sarah were invited to discuss the book on BBC 5 Live’s Stephen Nolan show. An article (which presents an overview of Matt’s journey of healing) entitled Trying To Make Sense Of It All, had subsequently been published on the Survivors UK and the National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (NAASCA) websites.
A link to the radio interview and the articles can be found at www.mattcareybooks.com
For this trauma therapy course, Matt is generously willing to share his insights for counsellors on how they can provide effective therapy for survivors of CSA. The survivor’s voice can be heard, along with validation that recovery takes time but is possible for this client group.
Matt has enjoyed working in the world of entertainment for over twenty years, as a theatre manager, organiser of several prestigious international festivals, and of large-scale community-based cultural projects supporting children and young people.
This course caters for a range of mental health practitioners and related healthcare professionals who wish to develop their skills in providing trauma therapy, also known as psycho-traumatology.
This course is designed for qualified therapists, counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists, social workers or anyone whose client group or caseload includes adults presenting with trauma and dissociation.
Participants on this course are required by The Grove to hold membership of a professional body and to work in accordance with that code of ethics, as well as undertaking regular supervision relevant to their scope of practice, as mandated by their professional membership(s).
This course provides participants with the knowledge and skills to work therapeutically with clients who present with symptoms of psychological trauma. The Grove expects participants from this course to work within their competence and under clinical supervision, with awareness of when onward referral or multi-disciplinary working may be in the client’s best interests, such as the potential role for medication or psychiatry.
Those who work with children or adolescents may also benefit from attending this training. Although mental health professionals working with children are expected by The Grove to hold prior qualification and experience with children / adolescents / young people, consistent with their professional scope of practice.
Trauma therapy supervision can be offered by separate arrangement. The Grove is happy to suggest supervisors skilled and experienced in psychotraumatology.
Applicants are expected to be qualified and experienced professionals in a helping profession, who are secure in their mode of practice. This will be covered in the application form. All applicants are expected to:
- be qualified and experienced in their field,
- be full members of their professional body (such as but not limited to BACP, UKCP, BPS, AHPP, NCP, NCS, ACC )
- hold professional liability insurance
- have supervision arrangements in place for their client work as well as access to support for any supervision practice they undertake during the course.
How is this course different from others?
Some trauma CPD events are delivered in a short format over 1 or 2 days, without adding further depth of learning. Other courses may teach diagnostics and protocols without attention to enhancing the client relationship. While yet other trainings focus on relational dimensions without an evidence-based underpinning.
Some trauma CPD events are delivered in a short format over 1 or 2 days, without adding further depth of learning. Other courses may teach diagnostics and protocols without attention to enhancing the client relationship. While yet other trainings focus on relational dimensions without an evidence-based underpinning. Other trauma courses don’t cover the importance of mind-body awareness approaches in stabilising trauma clients.
By contrast, this course combines all these elements: a methodical approach to defining, then assessing and treating trauma and dissociation; with a solid grounding in distinguishing between different trauma presentations based on latest diagnostic considerations; framed in a client-centred relational way; plus attendees will be equipped with a toolkit of skills for evidence-based treatment in the context of understanding the wider overview of trauma protocols. This is all framed within mind-body awareness as pyscho-education for clients.
A unique feature on this course is that there is input from psychiatrists, as well as traumatologists and other specialist trainers.
Trauma therapy can differ from other modes of counselling or psychotherapy, in that the psychoeducation aspect is more overt. The trauma therapist at times will need to be more didactic especially in providing psychoeducation elements. The approach of the trauma therapist involves attending to good balance between over- and under-nurturing, monitoring their own competence, as well as extending the “high support, high challenge” course culture into their trauma therapy practice.
Testimonials from previous course participants, which are genuine feedback comments and featured here with kind permission from each author:
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The Grove is committed to the provision of training which is inclusive for participants from a diverse range of professional and cultural backgrounds. The Grove’s diversity policy upholds participation by trainees which respects differences in ability and disability, age, sex, gender diversity, race, religion, culture, and theoretical modality. The Grove’s course terms and conditions provide for each participant being seen, heard and respected during their attendance at course events. These terms are shown in the course contract which every applicant is expected to sign when enrolling; and are described in the course handbook at the start of the training. Any participant may be suspended from the course if their behaviour is deemed by The Grove to be contrary to this statement.