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Trauma Training CPD for Counsellors

Following the success of the inaugural Trauma Course we are delighted to launch new dates for 2024. This course received hugely positive feedback last year, which you can see from our testimonials.

Trauma training for counsellors is an important area for continued professional development. Trauma inevitably presents itself in the therapy room. Whether your client has experienced past traumas or is going through a current traumatic situation, this course will enhance your skills for working appropriately with your adult clients. Our extended trauma CPD for counsellors, Working with Trauma, will develop your skillset for working appropriately with your current clients and enhance your ability to take on more complex work.

  • Did your initial therapy training teach enough depth for working safely with trauma?
  • Are you up to date with contemporary research and the developments to long held methodologies in working with trauma presentations?
  • How do you interpret and incorporate the neuroscience?
  • Do you worry about what to do if or when your client discloses something exceptionally horrific that they experienced or witnessed?
  • When and how should therapy shift to crisis management?
  • Are you aware of your own limitations in moments of need to ensure you confidently and ethically offer your client appropriate support?
  • How safe can you keep yourself in the work?

Part theory, part experiential, our trauma training for counsellors allows for case examples, debate, discussion and Q&A around ever-developing methods and tools for working with trauma. Key exercises across the course will offer practical skills for the safety and regulation of both therapists and clients. 

This is a 33-hour trauma training for qualified counsellors and psychotherapists across three weekends. Holding a counselling or psychotherapy qualification is a pre-requisite for this course.


Sat & Sun 12th/13th October 2024
Sat & Sun 9th/10th November 2024
Sat & Sun 7th/8th December 2024

Time: 10am to 4pm

Location: Basingstoke Counselling Service, Goldings, London Road, Basingstoke, RG21 4AN


£759 early bird rate if booked by 30th June 2024
£875 thereafter

We are happy to arrange payment by instalments, please email so that we can set up a payment schedule for you and reserve your space if you wish to pay by instalments.

There is a £25 admin fee for setting up the instalments as we do incur costs and unfortunately as a small charity we do need to pass this on.

A limited number of places are available on this course; therefore, early application is advised.

Please note that after making your booking, you will be asked to complete an information form, so we can gather some brief details on each course participant’s background, so that this can be taken into account in the delivery of the course.

What will I learn?

Working with Trauma – Weekend 1

What is Trauma?
Basic definitions & history of concepts (PTS, PTSD, C-PTSD, ASD, BPD, Traumatic Grief).

Common responses to traumatic events
Including natural recovery, recognising the need for support and windows of readiness.

Interpersonal neurobiology
Introduction to neuroception, co-regulation, Mindsight.

Therapist role
Capacity, ‘witness’ tolerance, boundaries, vicarious trauma, self-regulation awareness and requirements beyond self-care (*this will be a thread across all six days, exploring personal somatic impacts of experience).

Ways of working
Development and consilience in therapeutic techniques for trauma.

Emotional regulation
Polyvagal Theory and parts work concepts.

Working with Trauma – Weekend 2

Crisis management vs therapy
Strategies towards mitigation of ‘disorder’, applying appropriate psychoeducation, use of Window of Tolerance (WoT), Polyvagal Chart.

Trauma-informed assessment
Pace, safety and stages of working with trauma.

Therapist presence
Thinking Martian – a phenomenological approach.

Compassionate mind
Approach & basic concepts.

Repercussions of trauma.

Parts work
Integrating into your way of practice.

Working with Trauma – Weekend 3

Working with
Panic, flashbacks, intrusive thoughts, dreams, dissociation, suicidality, shame and disgust, power and control.

Potency and limitations.

The need for referral to advanced/specialist support, safeguarding and common issues around safety planning and endings.

Disclosure, investigation, pre-trial guidelines, court ordered letters.

Theory and concepts presented in our trauma CPD for counsellors includes the work of Dan Siegel, Stephen Porges, Deb Dana, Paul Gilbert, Janina Fisher, Judith Herman, Babette Rothschild, Bessel van der Kolk, Allan Schore and Richard Schwartz to build on your existing knowledge and skills. Full referencing for material covered within the course will be provided, in addition to a suggested reading list.

Each weekend will include experiential exercises towards wellbeing, including strategies and resources that focus on the nervous system for self and clients.

It is a requirement that you can take responsibility for your own learning and sensitivity to content.

Given the nature of trauma and in consideration of your own support requirements, it is advised that you have access to personal therapy to process what might emerge for you in discussions or personal exercises, and that you have worked through any past life events or traumas sufficiently to undertake this experiential course.

Attendance is limited to 15 participants. We will issue you with a Certificate of Attendance on course completion.

Who is my tutor?

Trauma training for counsellors

Carol Quinn MSc, Psychological trauma, BSc Psych, FdA Humanistic Counselling based on TA, Dip Stress Management, Cert CBT, ICISF approved Instructor, MBACP (accred), GMBPsS, MISMA.

She is a BACP accredited counsellor, supervisor, trainer and EMDR practitioner, specialising in trauma and working in private practice. She grew up in Northern Ireland and has lived in Hampshire since 1997.

Carol has delivered trauma training and support in many countries and across many cultures, including the middle and far east. Her breadth of training experience has equipped her to proficiently attune her delivery for each group of course attendees. She has guest lectured on the MSc Psychological Trauma at University of Chester and currently supervises trainee counsellors on a local BACP-accredited FdA course. Therapeutic, support and clinical supervision roles within the charity sector include working collaboratively with statutory agencies to support people through their experience of serious crime, sexual and domestic abuse, and the CPS. She recently co-conducted a group for all genders impacted by CSA and managed a team of ISVAs (Independent Sexual Violence Advisors).

Before becoming a therapist Carol worked for 22 years in aviation, developing a national programme in 2004 for staff support following incidents and accidents. She is an approved instructor for ICISF (International Critical Incident Stress Foundation) and provides crisis and trauma support for first responders and air traffic controllers at various UK airports.


Don’t just take our word for it. We’ve received some incredibly positive feedback about this course and Carol’s delivery of it. Below is a small selection of the comments we have received from past course participants:

“Carol was a great teacher/trainer. She was attentive to the needs of all; used various styles and methods of teaching; very knowledgeable. She made me feel comfortable and created an atmosphere where learning was made easy and effective.”

“This was one of the best delivered course I have ever attended. Fun, grounded and informative plus confidence building.”

“Right from the beginning the trainer created a safe space for us to think, learn and explore together. She spoke form personal experience of working with trauma and was able to explain the theories clearly. She was interested in our response to the course material and adapted each day’s sessions to meet our learning needs.”

“Informative, enriching and clinically invaluable.”

Trauma training for counsellors cancellation policy

Please note that in order to receive the discounted rate due to the membership of BCS, ACS, RGT, or Counsellors Staffroom, you must be a member for the duration of the course. Full course fees will be payable if you leave your discounted organisation during the course.

If changes in government guidelines mean the course can no longer take place in person, this course will move online and no refund will be offered.

In the unlikely event that unforeseen circumstances arise and BCS has to cancel our trauma training for counsellors, a full refund will be given. In the event of cancellation by the participant, BCS reserves the right to charge a cancellation fee as indicated by the table below. All requests for cancellations must be received in writing, with changes becoming effective on the date written confirmation is received.

Calendar days’ notice before the start date of the courseRefund applicable
90 calendar days or more before you are due to start the CourseA full refund (less a £25 admin fee)
Between 60 and 89 calendar days (inclusive)50% refund (less a £25 admin fee)
Between 30 and 59 calendar days (inclusive)25% refund (less a £25 admin fee)
Within 29 calendar days of the Course commencingNo refund given

Please ensure you meet the entry requirements for our trauma training for counsellors prior to booking your place. If you do not meet the entry requirements, you will be unable to attend the course and your withdrawal will be treated as a cancellation and subject to the above cancellation policy.

If you have any questions about the course then please email or call us on 01256 843125.

CPD for counsellors

We run various different CPD for counsellors throughout the year, online and in-person. Take a look at all our upcoming courses or join our mailing list to be the first to hear about our CPD opportunities.