- Trauma-Focused CBT, for all ages -

25 modules


Dr William Davies



PTSD is an unusual and often devastating clinical phenomenon, with distressing symptoms and the ability to apparently change the personality of the person displaying it. Clinicians can be at a loss for how to respond to it, and may feel frustrated that their established clinical skills, which work well in other conditions, seem to be redundant with PTSD. This course is for clinicians who need to know about PTSD, how to help patients initially lessen the symptoms of it, then process the trauma, and ultimately head towards growing and developing post-trauma.

The APT has mastered the delivery of TF-CBT training 'online anytime'; providing top class training you can access right now or any time that suits you. No longer do you have to wait for 'the start date' of the course.

"I really enjoyed the course and feel that I have learnt a lot and feel enthusiastic about using my newly acquired skills within my practice."

Trauma-Focused CBT (TF-CBT), for all ages training from the Association for Psychological Therapies (APT), includes APT accreditation, certification, and resources. And the APT has perfected the art of delivering it in a way that makes it appear simple and easy to apply.

"Great training, really interesting and well structured."

With a wealth of clinical experience, Dr William Davies presents the course with relevant stories and examples of using TF-CBT and an engaging lightness which perfectly complements the radical nature of the therapy.


"I am delighted by this course. Dr Davies and his dry wit have been wonderful companions. Will buy and undertake others."

This course gives you a thorough introduction to TF-CBT, it is APT-accredited, and gives you access to important resources for you to use post-course. Whether you simply want to broaden your knowledge or become a committed TF-CBT practitioner, this course is for you. The course can be studied by individuals or whole teams and organisations.

For further information on the format of APT online training, the APT’s guarantee to you, and how to make a group booking, click here.



To access the course straightaway, click ‘add to cart’ to purchase by card or PayPal. (If you are ordering the course for somebody else, or a group, create an account and select ‘Bulk Purchase’ once you have proceeded to cart.)

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The course covers a great deal:

Establishing Foundation Knowledge.

  • What constitutes a trauma, and What are the effects of trauma? (DSM criteria, and examples.)
  • Is it fair to say that anything that results in the effects of trauma can rightly be considered a trauma?
  • Assessment and formulation.
  • Giving the client a chance to tell their story and assessing symptoms.
  • What do we do if they don’t want to ‘tell their story’; not everyone wants to talk about experiences that have traumatised them.
  • ‘Formulation’: What their purpose of coming to see you is (the problem-to-be-solved, or the goal), what predisposing and perpetuating factors there are, what positives they have, the plan.

Lessening the Effects of trauma.

  • Safety and stabilisation, and making sure the person is out of the traumatic situation.
  • Psychoeducation on Trauma.
  • Examining the toolbox of coping strategies the person already has, and using those where possible.
  • Mindfulness and Acceptance.
  • Distress tolerance.
  • Emotion regulation.
  • Problem solving.
  • Creating a safe place as a bolt-hole to retreat to if necessary, and creating confidence in their ability to use it well.
  • Ensuring they can ‘put their foot on the brake’ when necessary.

Processing the traumatic event.

  • Appraising what meaning the trauma holds for the person, and what it says about them, others, or the world around them; Figuring out what a more helpful appraisal would look like. Reinforcing the new cognitive appraisal of the situation - perhaps as 'post-traumatic growth'.
  • Creating a trauma narrative bit by bit, thereby enabling the client to connect with the trauma - either through it's memory, emotions or somatically - without being overwhelmed.
  • ‘Cleaning up after’ the patient, maybe offering more generous attributions and perceptions than they do.
  • Using Logical Evidence Based Reasoning, and when not to use it.
  • Encouraging compassion throughout, especially where the traumatic event was partly the patient’s fault. (Some tragic and traumatic events – for example some road traffic incidents – may be partly or largely attributable to the patient themselves. They are of course still entitled to help, but sometimes don’t feel they are.)
  • Re-living and Exposure therapy.

Post-traumatic growth. In addition to growth achieved by the two previous sections:

  • Helping people to assimilate what they have learned into their understanding of themselves, the world and others.
  • ‘Forging Meaning and Building Identity’ (Andrew Solomon.)
  • Learning to use the past as a “rear view mirror” and so predominantly looking ahead.
  • Re-examining the environment from the new post-trauma perspective, and majoring on situations and people that produce the best for the patient.
  • Contemplating positive events and ‘Anti-Traumas’ (William Davies): events so positive they leave a lasting positive schema in the brain.

Who should attend this course?

People who attend normally fall into one of two categories:

1. Professionals who see patients in 1:1 treatment settings, have a significant degree of clinical skill, and wish to add techniques relevant to PTSD to their repertoire.

2. 'Whole teams' (either in inpatient or community settings) seeking to develop a common approach to PTSD.

The professional affiliations of people attending the training include: mental health/psychiatric nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, probation officers and others.

What you receive as a result of attending the training:

All delegates are registered at APT as having attended the course, and receive a downloadable certificate to acknowledge their attendance, registration, and APT-Accreditation at the appropriate level. As a bona fide APT event, this course automatically has accreditation from The Association for Psychological Therapies. This accreditation is given weight by the fact of over 125,000 professionals having attended APT training.

Upon completion of this course (and exam), delegates will receive Level 2 APT accreditation in the subject.


Click ‘add to cart’ to purchase by card or PayPal. (If you are ordering for somebody else - or a group - create an account and select ‘Bulk Purchase’ once you have proceeded to cart.)

If you would like to be invoiced please email finance@apt.ac stating; the course title, how many places you require, your organisation's purchase order number, and the name and address for the invoice to be sent to.


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate APT Accreditation, Level 2 (18 hours CPD)

Learning Credits

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What is trauma and PTSD?
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Normalisation and Psychoeducation
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Help put together a toolbox
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Emotion regulation
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Distress tolerance skills
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Enthusiastic Problem Solving
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Braking and moving to a safe place
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Complex Cases
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What does trauma mean to the person
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Suggesting a different meaning
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Creating a narrative of the trauma
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Cleaning up after the patient
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Encouraging compassion throughout
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Complex PTSD revisted
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Moving forward
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Practice based evidence
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The peer supervision meeting
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Applying what we have covered, reliably
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Added 23 days ago, by Rasa
Great course.
Added 24 days ago, by Carianne
insightful, great hints and tips, concepts and processes to follow. Will certainly be applying much of this in my work!
Added 24 days ago, by Michelle
Excellent and very informative.
Added 29 days ago, by Nicole
i really enjoyed the online training
Added about 1 month ago, by Sarah
This course was easy to follow and understand. It was very informative and the resources are brilliant.
Added about 1 month ago, by Anonymous
it was excellent course
Added about 1 month ago, by Anonymous
Good thank you
Added about 1 month ago, by Chris
Great course
Added about 2 months ago, by Anonymous
brilliant course
Added about 2 months ago, by Trevor
Very interesting course, the presenter was great and used appropriate humour throughout

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