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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Diploma Course

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Aimed at those with little or no knowledge of the condition, the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Diploma Course teaches students about how it occurs, how it is diagnosed, the symptoms, and the various treatment techniques available. This course is also designed to help you on your way towards working within this area.

What You Will Learn

Separated into 2 distinct sections, the 1st section of this course provides information about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and what those with the condition can do to lessen its effects on their lives. The 2nd section of the course teaches students about the various treatment methods available and the training pathways you can follow to become a therapist working with those who have PTSD.

There is a lot that is misunderstood about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder that this course hopes to clarify. Students will be provided with relevant facts that explain who can get the condition and how, a description of the symptoms affiliated with PTSD, and what to expect from a diagnosis.

Thankfully there is now a wide range of treatments available to sufferers of PTSD, with options including clinical, medical, and complementary treatments. This course guides students through a number of treatments, explaining the differences and benefits of each. In addition, there are also a number of self-help activities, which will also be discussed, that have proven to significantly ease the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Even with the various treatments and self-help practices available to them, it can still be very difficult for someone afflicted by PTSD to engage with the world around them. The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Diploma Course describes practical steps that can be taken by an individual, to become more involved with friends, family, the workplace, and society as a whole.

As mentioned earlier, students will be exposed to the role of a therapist working with those with PTSD. This includes understanding the process of diagnosis and typical treatment plans, as well as understanding what the role involves, the skills needed, and training pathways. Although there are many different specialists working to alleviate the symptoms of PTSD in their patients, this course goes into detail about 3 specific areas: Trauma-Informed Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

In addition to teaching students about the role of therapists and the types of treatments that can be provided, the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Course also discusses the routes that can be followed to become an expert in the area of PTSD. This also includes how to go about starting your own practice, discussing both the practical aspects and considerations you would need to make before setting up on your own.

NOTE: The information contained within this course does not act a replacement for professional medical care. An individual who suspects they may have PTSD, should immediately go to see their doctor to have a formal assessment. If you suspect that someone you know has PTSD, then encourage them to go see their doctor.

Who Would Benefit from the Course?

This course will provide anyone who wants to understand the condition better and the treatments available, with an incredible source of information. This could be to aid yourself in overcoming the effects of PTSD or to help a friend/family member who has the condition.

The course can also be taken by those who are interested in pursuing a career caring for those with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and would like more information on how the condition is treated and the pathways they can take to obtain a role in this area.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace.

This course is certified by the IANLPC (International Association of NLP & Coaching) and the IAHT (International Alliance of Holistic Therapists), both of which are internationally recognised organisations. The IAHT certify personal development, health, fitness and nutrition courses. The IANLPC is a global support network for NLP Professionals and coaches, including the fields of Life Coaching, Hypnotherapy Business Coaching, Leadership, Nutritional, CBT, Personal Development and Holistic Therapy.

Course Syllabus

Section 1

  • Introduction – DMV-IV Definition
  • A Clinical Definition

Module 1: A General Overview

  • Historical Timeline
  • The Onset of PTSD
  • The Four Primary Symptoms
  • Children versus Adults
  • Risk Factors for PTSD
  • Diagnosing PTSD
  • What to Expect From an Assessment
  • Assessment Instruments
  • Assessment

Module 2: Treatments for PTSD

  • About Clinical Treatments
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Exposure Therapy
  • Trauma-Informed Therapy
  • EMDR
  • Brief Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Pharmacological Options
  • Treatment Options Review
  • Complementary/Alternative Medicine
  • Homeopathy
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Herbalism
  • Assessment

Module 3: Self-Help for People with PTSD

  • Family and Support Networks
  • Yoga
  • Mindfulness
  • Tai Chi and Qigong
  • Assessment

Module 4: Living with PTSD

  • Living in the practical world
  • Financial obligations
  • The matrix of practical strategies
  • Create your own wellness plan
  • A daily wellness journal
  • Explaining PTSD to family and friends
  • Explain PTSD to your kids
  • PTSD and family events
  • PTSD and relationships
  • PTSD in the workplace
  • Return to work plans
  • Accommodations in the workplace
  • The U.K. Disability Discrimination Act
  • Mental health issues under the law
  • Module 4 Assessment

Section 2

  • Introduction
  • Course objectives

Module 5: Trauma-informed therapy

  • The trauma-informed therapist
  • What is trauma-informed practice?
  • The skills
  • Interventions
  • The training
  • Assessment

Module 6: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

  • What is trauma-focused CBT?
  • CBT for PTSD
  • Limitations
  • The skills
  • Training
  • Assessment

Module 7: EMDR

  • What is EMDR?
  • How EMDR can help
  • Eight phase treatment
  • The skills
  • Training
  • Assessment

Module 8: Assessments and treatment plans

  • Intro
  • Factors involved
  • Malingering
  • Who can assess?
  • Assessments re: violence
  • Clinicians
  • Issues related to non-reporting
  • Outcomes of assessments
  • Moving to treatment
  • Assessment

Module 9: Train to become a professional

  • Introduction
  • Become a psychiatrist
  • Become a psychologist
  • Become a social worker
  • Assessment

Module 10: Establish a private practice

  • Introduction
  • Major issues
  • Ethical considerations
  • Clinical skills
  • Business skills
  • Advantages
  • Disadvantages
  • Establish a referral network
  • Marketing
  • Setting up
  • Budget
  • Client complaints
  • Confidentiality
  • Clinical records/security
  • Insurance
  • Work from home
  • Self-care
  • Are you ready?
  • Assessment




Our courses include comprehensive support, should you require any assistance. You can contact our friendly course advisers by telephone or by email.

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Continued Learning

All course delegates are welcome to attend our regular, ongoing learning and inspirational events. We also hold regular inspirational events in Manchester and London for all students studying any of our courses. The events are a great way to watch live demonstrations of different techniques, learn new skills, have a practice with other students and to meet your tutors. Once you've signed up for any of our courses you will receive details of our different monthly events via email. If you cannot attend our events you can watch a live streaming of the event on our tv channel.

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