About the Course

Lucia Hall wrote this course based on her experiences of supervising trauma. What she discovered was that, although trained, therapists struggled to implement trauma processes in a systematic and effective manner – especially with regards to complex trauma.

The course was extremely well received when it was premiered to an NHS team. The team expressed feeling skilled and empowered after this workshop and issued an invitation to Lucia to come back and teach further courses.

For 2018, this course has been expanded to include an additional weekend module teaching Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), which participants have found to be an excellent process that complements the other processes taught in the course and enables therapists to work even more effectively with an
even wider group of trauma clients. Lucia previously taught this course separately, but feedback has resulted in it being incorporated into this PG diploma course.

Course Outline Structure & Meeting Days

The course will be held on 20 days, with 2 individual Sundays and 9 Saturday/Sunday weekends held on average once a month for 12 months (2 individual days + 9 x 2-day weekends = 20 days). The course starts at 10:00 am each day and ends at 5:30pm.

Supervision sessions will be arranged in the fourth month of the course in order to allow time for participants to start working through the trauma process with trauma clients. Supervision will be in group format (up to four supervisees) for three hours each month for 12 months and is a requirement of the course. Where feasible the supervision will be conducted online via Skype, Webex, or Zoom (which we are trialling).

There is an 80% attendance requirement, including the supervision requirement.
The course consists of solid, evidence-based theory, combined with large amounts of experiential work and supervisory components. The theoretical input encourages critical engagement with the theory and practice of trauma treatment. Assessment is ongoing throughout the course and aims to ensure that
students are able to work with the dynamics and processes of trauma; that there is congruence between the student’s theoretical knowledge and their clinical practice. Teaching and supervisory methods emphasise the multi-layered, multi-faceted processes of trauma treatment.

Course philosophy and theoretical orientation

This course caters for a range of professionals who wish to develop their role as trauma specialists: counsellors, therapists or psychotherapists, psychologists, managers of clinical teams. The syllabus covers treating adults as well as children and adolescents, the latter being addressed in two days of the course dedicated to two evidence-based treatments for traumatised children.

Effective trauma treatment is integrative as it utilises techniques from a variety of schools of thought. The trauma treatment approach taught on this course is not tied to any one approach, but uses aspects of many. As such it may be utilised effectively by practitioners from diverse theoretical backgrounds. We
appreciate the training and approach that course members bring. Onto that foundation, we offer the opportunity to build a cohesive integrative way of working with trauma clients. The course is taught at postgraduate level; course participants are expected to work academically on this basis. This includes the ability to evaluate theoretical concepts and a commitment to reflect critically and open-mindedly on one’s own process, philosophy, theoretical orientation and skills.

Discussion in the full group or smaller groups is as important as the tutor-taught components. The experiential process of development encourages participants to learn from one another as well as from the course tutors. The integrative philosophy underpinning this course fosters a multidisciplinary environment where theoretical differences and similarities are creatively valued. Participants are encouraged to integrate the ideas from the course into a personally coherent model of trauma treatment. Participants can be sure that at the conclusion they will have a comprehensive and systematic approach for treating complex PTSD in adults and children.

Clinical Requirement

Course participants will be required to document 30 hours of clinical work with trauma clients during the course, and this will include working with both Type I and Type II trauma experiences (simple and complex). More information will be given at the start of the course.

Course Dates 2019

January 2019 – December 2019 (with supervision continuing until April 2020). The start of the course will be on the weekend of January 26th– 27th (attendance on both days). The other provisional dates are detailed below.

Course Fees

Tuition of £3,500, plus 12 supervision sessions (£40 each, so £3,980 in total). Participants are required to become student members of NCP (if you are not already a member), but there is currently no charge for this. Although the course was expanded for 2018 with the addition of two extra days, the pro-rata cost of
the course was actually reduced. The price for 2019 is unchanged from 2018.
Our course is not inexpensive, but we are extremely confident that you will find it to be invaluable and your clients will discover it to be priceless. It will transform your practice, resulting in the transformation of people’s lives.


The course will be held at our Bracknell location:

ICS Ltd, Bracknell Enterprise Hub, Ocean House, The Ring, Bracknell, RG12 1AX.

Our location is very close to Bracknell train station (on the line from London Waterloo to Reading) and there is also plenty of parking nearby. We recommend the High Street Car Park on The Ring (RG12 1GN). On Level 4 of this car park there are two pedestrian bridges across The Ring. Taking the leftmost
walkway will take you directly to Ocean House (just to the left of the automatic sliding doors to Princess Square.


If you need to stay overnight, Bracknell has a number of inexpensive hotels. We have received good reviews for the nearby Premier Inn (Bracknell Central), Wokingham Road, Bracknell, RG42 1NA (0871 527 8132). There is also another Premier Inn a little further away Premier Inn (Twin Bridges), Downshire
Way, Bracknell, RG12 7AA (0871 527 8130). The Grange Hotel is very close by, but more expensive (Charles Square, Bracknell, RG12 1DF, 01344 474000).

We have also had some good reviews for Fines Bayliwick Hotel, London Road, Binfield, Bracknell RG42 4AB (01344 860126, about 1.5 miles away). There are also some Travelodges, with Bracknell Central being the closest (London Road, RG12 1UT, 0871 984 6367) as well as some Hiltons (Bracknell and

Deposit & Payment Plans

A deposit of £300 is required with this application. If the course does not run for any reason this will be returned in full. The balance of the course fees (including supervision) can be paid in full at the start of the course, or by 10 monthly payments of £368.