The course consists of theoretical, experiential and live
The theoretical input encourages critical engagement with
the theory and practice of a variety of trauma models.
Teaching and supervisory methods emphasize the multi-layered,
multi-faceted processes of this impactful work, including the
intentional use of self.
As already mentioned the course philosophy is Integrative and
draws on the various theoretical approaches present within the
student body. Differences and similarities are equally valued
on the course - it is recognized that students may be required
to work alongside a variety of theoretical approaches.
The following is an indication of themes covered,
however other themes may surface as part of the ongoing
· Philosophy of traumatic models of working
· Integrative frameworks
· Gestalt, CBT, psychoanalytic, transpersonal and systemic
models of trauma theory and practice
· Trauma Focused CBT
· Psychoanalytic approach to trauma
· Trauma & eating disorders
· Trauma in adolescence
· Monitoring good practice in clinical work
· Attacks on the body
· Developmental trauma
· Domestic Violence
· Over- and under-nurturing
· Sexuality and gender
· Systemic issues
· Parallel process
· Ethical and legal considerations
· Cross cultural issues with refugees and asylum seekers
· Dissociative disorders
The programme combines didactic theory seminars, work
discussion groups and experiential learning, skills training in
triads and small groups, guided reading and large group
process. Each course member will be required to bring case
material for presentation and discussion once each term.
All NAOS programmes are taught at postgraduate level
and course participants are expected to work academically on
this basis. Discussion within the student body is as important
as the tutor-taught components. Participants are
encouraged to integrate the ideas from the course into a
personally coherent clinical model; this will be demonstrated
in the written assignment for this course.
No less than 1 year experience post-qualification and ability
to work at post-graduate level as counsellor, psychologist,
psychotherapist or mental health professional.
The course is taught by a highly experienced faculty,
representing a wide range of theoretical approaches and
disciplines. All have been selected for their ability to work
The faculty includes Ulrike Encke (Course Director), Tony
Buckley, Hattie Berger, Bernd C. Leygraf, Julie Sale, Judi
Keshet-Orr and Jaap Westerbos: highly experienced specialists
representing clinical expertise in psychoanalytical approaches,
neuroscience, bodywork, transpersonal approached and
CBT. For biographies see: About Us.
All course participants will be provided with an extensive
course handbook, including handouts, code of ethics, assessment
forms, essay title, a reading list and more.
Course Format and Dates 2014 - 2015
The course is offered as a 7 Saturdays (10.00 – 17.00) plus 4
two-day blocks Sat-Sun module (each day 10.00 - 17.00).
The two-day blocks are jointly taught and offer opportunities
to practice clinical skills.
Saturday mornings are given over to theory and practice while
saturday afternoons will include a work discussion group and
experiential group. Students will have an opportunity to
present clinical material in the work discussion group each
term. Saturdays will be theory and practice full days.
Total 15 days, 105 hours. Starting April 2014, ending March
Day 1 + 2: Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 April, 2014
Day 3: Saturday 31 May, 2014
Day 4: Saturday 28 June, 2014
Day 5 + 6: Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 July, 2014
Day 7: Saturday 13 September, 2014
Day 8: Saturday 11 October, 2014
Day 9: Saturday 22 November, 2014
Day 10 + 11: Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 December, 2014
Day 12: Saturday 17 January, 2015
Day 13 + 14: Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 February, 2015
Day 15: Saturday 14 March, 2015
To qualify for the Diploma students are required to complete
one critical reflection of a case study (3.500 words), one
critical integration essay (2.500 words), have fully paid all
course fees and attend a minimum of 85% of the course.
£2.450. Payable by one deposit of £100 (to reserve your place),
plus 10 instalments of £235 a month. If you pay the full fee in
one lump sum 2 months before the start of the training at
the latest, we offer 10% discount (£2205 total). We have a
limited number of bursary places which are allocated on a first
Applicants are required to complete the application form
This will be followed by a telephone interview. If offered a
place, a course contract will have to be completed and an
initial deposit of 10% of the course fees paid to secure a
place. The remainder may be paid in one lump sum (10% discount)
or in 10 equal instalments.
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