Certificate in Trauma-Focused Therapy – 5 Day Course

This 5 day (30 hour) online course is a collaboration of The Link Centre and Manchester Psychotherapy Foundation and will be delivered by Mark Widdowson. 

Course Content:

This five day online course will provide practicing counsellors and psychotherapists with a detailed understanding of how to work effectively with trauma in therapy.

In the course you will learn a range of practical techniques and approaches which will enable you to work effectively with clients who have experienced trauma. The entire range of traumatic experiences, from single-incident and multiple trauma to severe and prolonged trauma and will include protocols for working with trauma, PTSD and complex PTSD. The course will also explore the impact of different kinds of trauma on the individual and how to work with them effectively in therapy.

The course is based on the New Haven competencies for the psychological therapy of trauma. These evidence-based competencies were developed by a group of international experts on trauma as a means of identifying best practice, and have subsequently been adopted by the American Psychological Association. Additionally this course complies with the guidelines for mental health and interventions training developed by the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

The course will be taught using a range of evidence-based teaching and learning methods.

A five day training programme, delivered over 5 modules in all and will include;

1. Understanding trauma and its impact, trauma-informed practice and therapeutic assessment

2. Evidence-based models of trauma therapy

3. Techniques and Interventions for trauma

4. Providing individualised, personally tailored trauma therapy

5. Understanding and working with Complex Trauma

Course outline:

Understanding Trauma

Assessment of trauma, PTSD and complex trauma

The impact of trauma on the brain, memory, and the body.

Dealing with triggers and flashbacks and dissociation

Trauma and the body

The therapeutic relationship and trauma

Secondary and vicarious trauma and therapist self-care

Models of trauma processing

Evidence-based therapies for trauma

Contraindicated therapies/ techniques

Therapeutic approaches and techniques for trauma

Trauma-sensitive mindfulness and mental imagery interventions

Body-focused trauma therapy interventions

A TA/Integrative trauma therapy protocol

Personalising and individualising therapy

Coursework and assessment: Participants will complete a reflective workbook throughout the duration of the course, which will evidence how they have met the relevant competencies required for certification as a trauma therapist.

It is recommended that participants set aside one to two hours per week for reading and reflective writing based on their learning and experiences during the workshops and their implementation of the material in their practice. This recommendation is to enable participants to get the most out of the training and cement their learning.

Course Delivery: Live online on Zoom

Participant Numbers: There will be a maximum of 40 participants on this course

Pre-Course requirements: Participants should be qualified counsellors or in training and seeing clients in placement.  (Students in training should talk through their planned attendance with their supervisor / course tutor)

Course Cost:

March 2022 Course £565. A non-refundable deposit of £50 is to be made on booking with the balance of £515 payable 4 weeks before the course starts. We will send you details regarding the payment of the balance nearer the time.

Refund Policy: Deposits are non-refundable. 50 % of balance will be refunded for cancellations with more than 7 days’ notice

Dr Mark Widdowson, PhD, MSc, ECP, TSTA(P), FHEA,

Mark is a senior lecturer in counselling and psychotherapy at the University of Salford, Manchester, UK. He is a UKCP registered psychotherapist, holder of the European Certificate of Psychotherapy, and specialist trauma therapist. In addition to his academic work, Mark maintains a private practice for individuals and couples in central Manchester.

Mark has twenty five years of clinical experience as a psychotherapist and has worked extensively with a full spectrum of trauma survivors throughout this time, including survivors of physical and/ or sexual violence, war refugees and torture survivors. He has trained in numerous trauma therapies over the years.

He is also the author of Transactional Analysis: 100 Key Points and Techniques and Transactional Analysis for Depression: A Step-by-Step Treatment Manual, both published by Routledge. He is an active psychotherapy researcher and was awarded the European Association for Transactional Analysis Silver medal in 2014 and the International Transactional Analysis Association research award in 2017 for his contributions to the evidence base for transactional analysis.

Dr Mark Widdowson (UKCP Registered Psychotherapist – Pronouns: He/ him)

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March 2022: £565

Booking and Dates

10th March 2022 to 10th June 2022(WAITING LIST)


Upcoming Dates:

Course 3: (Course Full – link through to booking system to be added to the waiting list)

March 10/11 – Thursday/Friday ( 2 days – 9.30 – 4.30 )

April 8 – Friday (1 day – 9.30 – 4.30)

May 13 – Friday (1 day – 9.30 – 4.30)

June 10 – Friday (1 day – 9.30 – 4.30 )

Course 4: (Bookings currently planned to open on 16th March 2022)

6th &7th October 2022  (Thursday/Friday – 9.30 – 4.30 )

4th November 2022 (Friday – 9.30 – 4.30)

2nd December 2022 (Friday – 9.30 – 4.30)

13th January 2023 (Friday – 9.30 – 4.30)


Payment Options:

£50 deposit payment with the balance of £515 due one month before the start of the course.  Details will be sent regarding the payment of the balance.


Cancellation Policy:

Deposit payment is non-refundable.

50% refund will be given for cancellations with more than 7 days notice.


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