Introduction to working with trauma clients

2 days: January 31st & 1st February 2015


This is an introductory training in working with trauma clients. Psychotraumatology is an emerging discipline in the UK. But it is becoming increasingly clear that trauma presentations are actually quite common in general therapeutic practice. All too often, these include:

  • Bereavement and loss;
  • Pregnancy, miscarriage and childbirth;
  • Acute illness or diagnosis of chronic illness;
  • Relationships ending, divorce and separation;
  • Sexual abuse, assault or rape;
  • Accidents at work or on the road;
  • Bullying or harrassment.

Lucia Hall wrote this training based on her experiences of supervising trauma. What she discovered was that although trained, therapists struggled with how to implement trauma therapy in a systematic way – especially with regards to complex trauma.

Each full-day workshop will meet the learning objectives through lecture, Powerpoint presentations, question and answer sessions, group discussions & skills practice exercises among the group of participants.

Attendance on this course is recognised by ESTSS (European Society of Trauma Stress Studies) and UKPTS (UK Psychological Trauma Society).


Introduction to PTSD: a systematic treatment approach

On successful completion of this workshop, the participant will be able to:

  • Define trauma
  • Explain definitions of PTSD based on the DSM-IV and ICD 10 classifications
  • Discuss how PTSD develops
  • Evaluate the importance of assessment in the treatment of PTSD
  • Recognise the differences between Type I and Type II trauma
  • Identify the type of treatment problems that can arise during treatment
  • Explain the prerequisites before commencing a trauma process (psycho-education, safety, containment, grounding & stabilisation)
  • Identify evidence-based models of Trauma I and  Trauma II
  • Explain how to end a trauma process

Introduction to Imagery Rescripting and Reprocessing Therapy (IRRT) for Trauma

On successful completion of this workshop, the participant will be able to:

  • Define trauma, PTSD and complex PTSD
  • Identify a range of normal reactions following a traumatic event (based on the DSM-IV and ICD 10).
  • Discuss the importance of a comprehensive assessment in trauma therapy
  • Discuss the need for safety and stabilisation techniques in trauma therapy
  • Describe the theoretical basis underlying the IRRT approach to trauma
  • Discuss the current evidence-base for IRRT
  • Outline some of the key components of the IRRT treatment for trauma and PTSD
  • Identify the type of treatment problems that can arise during therapy

Course dates

The course will run on two days: Saturday January 31st & Sunday 1st February 2015, from 10am to 5pm each day.


The address will be at Ocean House, The Ring, Bracknell, RG12 1AX, the location used by Lucia Hall, the tutor.

A map and parking information will be provided to all students (there is a multi-storey car park directly across the street and it costs just £6 per day on Saturday and £1.20 on Sunday).

This location is very close to Bracknell train station, accessible from London Waterloo, and is conveniently adjacent to a shopping centre.

For those requiring overnight accommodation, the inexpensive hotel we recommend in Bracknell is within walking distance of the training venue: Premier Inn, Bracknell Central, Wokingham Road RG42 1NA

A more luxurious hotel, The Grange, is located above the adjacent shopping centre ( There are plenty more options, but these are the closest to the venue.

Tea, coffee and biscuits for breaks will be provided at the venue and there are a number of fast food restaurants and cafés in the adjacent shopping centre (Bracknell Town Centre) where lunch can be purchased. There is also a large business lounge area in Ocean House where you can eat your own food or a takeaway.


Meet the Course Tutor

The course is taught by a highly experienced and recognised traumatologist.

Lucia Hall tutor for The GroveLucia Hall is a therapist, lecturer, trainer, communication coach and supervisor. She has worked in Higher Education for over ten years, teaching degree level courses as well as owning a private counselling and training company. Lucia is a specialised traumatologist, but she works with a large range of conditions.

Lucia is an American citizen, although she was born and raised in Panama. She moved to the United States where she became a social worker in the Family and Child Protection units in Detroit, Michigan. Having married a Brit, she later moved to Berkshire and studied her MSc. in Mental Health at Guy’s Hospital, St Thomas’ Hospital & Kings College School of Medicine/Institute of Psychiatry. The main therapeutic approaches studied were CBT and CAT – two excellent and complementary cognitive approaches.

Lucia has developed and added to that expertise by studying numerous other therapeutic courses, including a special Diploma in Trauma and Abuse (Dip. PICT), a Diploma in Christian Counselling (from London Bible College, now the London School of Theology), she is an EMDR practitioner (Level 3) and is trainer for MBTI (Levels 2 & 3). Additional specialised training includes Schema Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused CBT, Trauma-Focused CBT for Children, Imagery Rescripting and Reprocessing Therapy (IRRT), Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP), Lifespan Integration (LI), Behavioral Activation (BA), Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET), KIDNET (NET for children) and various other trauma focused processes. Lucia is also a qualified hypnotherapist, having a diploma (DipH) in the subject.

Lucia’s training courses have been accredited by the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB) and recognised by the Open University. Two recent trauma workshops that she wrote were accredited by the European Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS). The latest course that she has developed is the Posttgraduate Diploma in Traumatology and PTSD, accredited by the NCP. Lucia’s Panamanian and USA background, coupled with her extensive experience, make her a unique, dynamic and interesting lecturer.

Lucia is a member of many professional bodies including AACC, APA, BABCP, MBACP, CRSST, EMDR UK, ESTSS, GHR, NCP and UKPTS.


Application criteria

Applicants are expected to be qualified and experienced professionals in a helping profession, who are secure in their mode of practice. Specifically applicants would be qualified and experienced in their field; be practising and/or be able to access referrals of trauma clients for the clinical part of this training; be full members of their professional body (BACP, UKCP, AHPP, BPS etc) and hold professional liability insurance.

Applicants will be asked to complete an application form and submit a curriculum vitae.

Course fee

£300, payable to Integrative Cognitive Solutions, Lucia Hall’s company. Please email Sarah Briggs, director of The Grove, for an application form:

Professional standards and accreditation

CPD certificates will be issued.

All participants are given the option to join the UKPTS and register for the Certificate in Psychotraumatology with the ESTSS. Each 1-day workshop is accredited towards the European Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS) as part of the Certificate in Psychotraumatology. Each 1-day workshop is also recognised by the UK Psychological Trauma Society (UKPTS).

If you wish to continue your traumatology studies, you are welcome to follow directly onto the Diploma in Trauma & PTSD run by The Grove Practice and facilitated by Lucia Hall. For more information on this Diploma programme, click here.

The fee you have already paid for the workshop will be deducted from the total fee for the traumatology diploma course.



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