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Post-traumatic responses can involve fight or flight (PTSD) or shutting down (dissociation). This webinar is about the fight or flight reactions: flashbacks, nightmares, anger, avoidance and arousal.

Many of our clients have suffered trauma, and it is vital to address the effects of this. Timing is everything, and knowing which techniques to use.

When it comes to working with PTSD, we have a few options. We have exposure techniques such as reliving approaches: trauma focused CBT and EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing). Also re-scripting, where we use imagery to re-write the trauma story. How do we choose which to use?

Complex PTSD involves chronic abuse and neglect in childhood. This is even more challenging. How do we approach trauma/PTSD reactions in adult survivors?

How soon should we approach trauma (exposure) along with all the other work we need to do with our client? How much trauma work needs doing? How do we know when the client is ready?

This 2 hour webinar uses insights from four therapies: CBT, DBT, ACT and CFT to show how to tackle these questions.

Balancing Acceptance and Change in Working With Trauma/PTSD

Trauma work usually involves exposure: approaching what the client has previously avoided. Exposure work is clearly needed, but what about validation and acceptance? How much acceptance work should we do and how much change work?

We use clinical examples and live demonstrations – showing how to practically help clients overcome the crippling long lasting effects of PTSD. We demonstrate an evidence-based re-scripting procedure for addressing PTSD, which integrates strategies from four effective therapies.

Lastly we show how to troubleshoot problems that may arise when conducting this kind of therapy.

Learn how to

  • Identify the effects of PTSD
  • Be aware of the additional problems present in Complex PTSD
  • Decide whether and when exposure work should be done
  • Decide how much stabilisation work is needed
  • Set the scene for a rescripting session
  • Set an agenda for and carry out an exposure session
  • Troubleshoot problems
  • Assess for PTSD pre and post therapy

Take Away

  • A free self-help chapter from Dr K’s book, which can be given to clients and/or used by therapists to guide the work
  • Tools for assessing PTSD

The Trainer

Dr Fiona Kennedy is a respected and knowledgeable, fun trainer with a knack of making complex concepts accessible without losing their richness. She has edited the book “Cognitive Behavioural Approaches To The Understanding And Treatment Of Dissociation’ with Dr David Pearson and Dr Helen Kennerley, and written “Get Your Life Back: The Most Effective Therapies For A Better You”, which is a self help book integrating CBT, DBT, ACT and CFT. She has a special interest in trauma and dissociation


Live webinar, with interactive opportunities to ask questions, make comments and give feedback to exercises, with responses from the speaker. Available to view again up to six weeks after the event


Early bird £35

Full rate £40

Early bird student £30

Full rate student £35

Early bird ends May 30th. 2019

Want to know about dissociation and shutting down in PTSD?

Our next 2 hour webinar “Why You Need To Know About Dissociation If You’re Working with Trauma and PTSD” goes live on Thursday 13th June 11.00-1.00. You can watch it for up to six weeks after the event.

Want more?

Our two day event “ Trauma, Dissociation and PTSD – Get It Right” in London and on live webinar Sept 19th and 20th 2019.

See you there!