Trauma-Focussed Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TF-CBT) for Children and Young People with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

14th September 2020 15th September 2020

Details

Location:
Online (joining instructions will be shared with registrants close to the event)
Length:
2 days
Times:
09.30-16.00

Tutors

About this course

We are currently refining the structure of this training in an online format and so the times and dates may change slightly. Participants will be notified of any changes with sufficient notice.

Please note, the discounted fee of £325 for this training course is only applicable to ESTSS / UKPTS / PPN (Paediatric Psychology Network) members or current students or alumni on a joint UCL & Anna Freud Postgraduate programme. If you have any queries about eligibility for discounted places, please email training@annafreud.org

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TF-CBT) is recommended by NICE guidelines as the first-line intervention for Children and Young People with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The cognitive model of PTSD in children and young people (Meiser-Stedman, 2002) will be presented and explained. This model will be used to consider:

  1. How children and families react to traumatic events,
  2. Risk factors for PTSD and
  3. How TF-CBT can decrease distress and increase functioning.

Based on the notion of “processing”, ways in which a healing environment can be created around the child will be discussed, so that processing of the event is more likely to occur spontaneously. Key contexts for effective therapy will be described, before focusing on the key aspects of TF-CBT. Some time will be given to considering the difficulties associated with the fact that the intervention involves doing something that the client wishes to avoid. The evidence for TF-CBT and other interventions will be presented. The workshop will use a variety of training methods including interactive presentation of theory with case illustrations (with clients’ consent), small group discussion and opportunities to practice skills.

Who is this course suitable for?

Practitioners who have a therapeutic role with children and young people who have experienced traumatic events. TF-CBT has been used effectively with pre-schoolers, and although those working with pre-school age children should find aspects of the training that they can adapt, it is principally intended for those working with children of school age.

Please note: The course will include discussion about cases of traumatised children, which some may find upsetting.

Aims of the course?

By the end of this workshop, the participants should:

  • Be familiar with and understand the cognitive model of PTSD,
  • Be aware of how children and young people commonly react to traumatic events, (including PTSD) and how the cognitive model can account for these reactions,
  • Have some understanding of how developmental and systemic factors impact on such a model,
  • Understand how to intervene effectively using TF-CBT, taking into account developmental and systemic issues,
  • Be familiar with the evidence supporting TF-CBT for children and young people with PTSD.

Accreditation This workshop has been approved by the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS) with 20 certification points.

For all participants, this course is intended to increase their understanding of how traumatic events affect children and young people. It is expected that even those with no previous knowledge or experience of CBT will develop an improved understanding of trauma which should influence their practice. However this two day workshop does not on its own equip a practitioner to offer Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to Children and Young People with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Those suitably trained in CBT and who continue to receive suitable supervision should feel competent to provide CBT specifically for children and young people with PTSD.

If you are interested in commissioning this workshop locally, please email training@annafreud.org

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