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Certificate or Diploma in Trauma Therapy

Increasing attention is being focused on clients who attend therapy while suffering from the effects of traumatic experiences from their past. This course is designed to equip qualified mental health professionals (counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists) with the understanding and skills to work therapeutically and ethically in addressing clients’ trauma and dissociation. Other related professionals such as case managers, keyworkers or service managers are welcome to apply.

Psychological trauma is identifiable and treatable, to reduce client suffering and restore fulfilment in life. This training provides a knowledge base and a valuable toolkit of materials for working with trauma clients by using cognitive and body-based techniques for symptom reduction, founded on psychoeducation.

This 12-day CPD Certificate / Diploma course runs over 6 months, taught on 1 weekend per month, February – July 2020. To receive the CPD Certificate, the participant will attend the CPD training dates only. To receive the Diploma award, the participant will undertake additional written assignments at a higher level of cost. 

“Thank you so much for all your support during the lost years. I couldn’t have healed the way I did without your expertise and encouragement. My recovery is a testament to this vital collaboration”.    
Matt, former trauma therapy client at The Grove.

“I have huge confidence in Sarah’s experience and teaching approach and particularly appreciate the gift she has for explaining, what can be, complex psychological theories, bringing them to life and instilling confidence in our existing understanding. She is hugely encouraging whilst holding high standards – which are delivered with clarity and empathy. I deeply value her support as my mentor/assessor.”  
Student on a different traumatology course 2018-2019 where Sarah Paton Briggs is a faculty member.

The Grove Practice is accredited by NCP (National Council for Psychotherapists) as a CPD training centre. As such, all The Grove’s courses are awarded NCP accreditation for CPD (Continuous Professional Development). This accreditation provides reassurance regarding high standards of teaching and course content.

Certificate or Diploma in Trauma Therapy

Key Information

Dates: the 12-day Certificate / Diploma course is taught over 6 weekends, 1 weekend per month from February to July 2020 (see list of dates further down the page).

Times: 10am – 4:30pm each day.

Venue: central London W1, either Holiday Inn Mayfair or De Vere West One (to be confirmed depending on size of group).
De Vere West One, 9-10 Portland Place, W1B 1PR. This conference venue is north of Oxford Circus tube, near the Langham Hotel and the BBC Broadcasting House.
Holiday Inn Mayfair, 3 Berkeley Street, London W1J 8NE. This training venue is just around the corner after turning left from Green Park tube.

Fee: this course can be taken at different levels of participation.
12-day CPD Certificate in Trauma Therapy: £2,500 + VAT = £3,000.
12-day Diploma in Trauma Therapy (includes written assignments for award of the Diploma): £2,900 + VAT = £3,480.
2-day CPD certification in CPT (Cognitive Processing Therapy) as Trauma-Focused CBT: £400 + VAT = £480.
3-day CPD certification in EFT Level 1 and Level 2 (Emotional Freedom Technique): £600 + VAT = £720.
Each level of participation will attract a CPD certificate of attendance from The Grove Practice, in addition to the course materials.
The Grove’s Diploma in Trauma Therapy will be awarded after attendance on the 12-day Certificate course, plus the satisfactory completion of the written assignments.
See the tabs below for full details of the course description, syllabus, assessment criteria, and tutor faculty.
Tea, coffee, water are provided at the venue each day. Lunch is not included in the course fee. Shops and cafes are nearby.

Facilitators: The course will be led by two directors of The Grove, Sarah Paton Briggs and Elliot Davis, supported by The Grove’s medical director, Dr James Kustow. They bring their experience and studies regarding therapy for trauma and dissociation. The faculty will include other tutors who have contributed to the world of psychotraumatology, with psychiatrists including Dr James Kustow, and other practitioners with specialist skills. Importantly, the voice of the survivor will also be heard: Matt Carey will share his perspective on how therapy helped him address the traumatic impact of the childhood sexual abuse (CSA) he endured.

2020 intake

12-day course taught over 6 weekends on the following Saturday and Sunday dates in 2020:
15 & 16 February
21 & 22 March
4 & 5 April
16 & 17 May
13 & 14 June
4 & 5 July

Times each day: 10am – 4:30pm.

Enquire or apply now by emailing

2021 intake

The intake in 2021 will follow the same format and structure as the 2020 programme.

Dates for 2021 to be announced in 2020.

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The course is taught at a level suitable for qualified professionals who are already established in their own mode of practice. The content is presented at a level equivalent to post-graduate study. This means that attendees will be expected to:

  • Relate the course material to their own case material (anonymously but contextually).
  • Analyse the concepts being taught and critically reflect on how to use the learning in their own work context.
  • Discuss the material during the time on taught course days spent in the full group, and participate in skills practice exercises in smaller groups.
  • If taking the Diploma course, write essays at graduate level, incorporating explanation of theoretical concepts, their own evaluation of the material, plus a case study description of how this learning has been used in their own clinical practice.

Course ethos

The course consists of theoretical, experiential and supervisory components. The theoretical input encourages critical engagement with the theory and practice of trauma therapy. Assessment is ongoing and aims to ensure that students are able to work with the dynamics and processes of traumatologie; that there is congruence between the student’s theoretical knowledge and their competence in practising trauma therapy. Teaching emphasises the multi-layered, multi-faceted processes of trauma therapy, including the use of one’s own process (while avoiding vicarious trauma).

The course culture is explicitly “high support” and “high challenge”.

The integrative stance of the course is in recognition that there will differences in training background or theoretical approach between participants. We appreciate the diversity of training modalities and approaches that participants bring to the course. Onto that foundation we offer the opportunity to build a cohesive way of working as a trauma therapist.

The course philosophy aims to establish a learning community in which a working alliance is established which encourages participants to take responsibility for their own learning and to support the learning of other course members.

Theory ✓        Experiential components ✓         Skills practice ✓       Applying theory and skills in practice ✓


This training will:

  • Give an overview of theory relating to therapy for psychological trauma and PTSD
  • Offer a systematic method for assessing and implementing trauma therapy
  • Equip participants with practical therapy skills
  • Provide a method for undertaking thorough assessment for trauma clients and develop a tailored treatment approach.


The full 12-day CPD programme covers the following content. The shorter CPD options cover only the topic area delivered on those days.

This syllabus will cover:

  • Definition of trauma, PTSD, Complex PTSD, using assessment methods and diagnostic criteria
  • An understanding of evidence-based treatment protocols, with training in Trauma-Focused CBT
  • Methodical focus on client priorities and formulating a relational treatment approach which follows the industry standard tri-phasic model
  • A range of techniques for psycho-education and stabilisation of trauma symptoms, including emotional regulation and mind-body awareness
  • Training in EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique, also known as “tapping”)
  • An understanding of evidence-based treatment protocols, with training in Trauma-Focused CBT
  • Practical ways of addressing intrusive imagery: flashbacks, nightmares, recurring memories.
  • Outline overview of other treatment protocols such as EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing), exposure techniques, adjunctive or complementary therapies.
  • Managing the client’s treatment and recovery journey, common difficulties such as dissociation or crisis moments).
  • Working with specific client groups: child sexual abuse, war zones or combat veterans, domestic violence, disasters or accidents.
  • Putting it all together: documentation, multi-disciplinary working with other medical or mental health professionals, insurance or legal cases.

Assessment criteria

essaystudy_000This course can be taken at different levels of participation.

  • 12-day CPD Certificate in Trauma Therapy: attendance only.
  • 12-day Diploma in Trauma Therapy: attendance at all of the 12-day programme dates plus satisfactory completion of written assignments. Assessed products comprise: psychoeducation leaflet for use by clients; 3,000 word essay defining trauma, dissociation and co-morbidities; 3,000 word trauma therapy case study.
  • 2-day CPD certification in CPT (Cognitive Processing Therapy) consistent with NICE guidelines (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) for Trauma-Focused CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy).
  • 3-day CPD certification in EFT Level 1 and Level 2 (Emotional Freedom Technique)

Each level of participation will attract a CPD certificate of attendance from The Grove Practice, in addition to the course materials distributed during the programme. The certification will state either “Certificate in Trauma Therapy” or “Diploma in Trauma Therapy” according to the programme for which the student enrolled.
There will also be continuous assessment by the tutors of the student’s presence in the student group and the ability to integrate the taught material.

Additionally, a minimum of 80% attendance (10 of the total 12 days) is required to be awarded the Certificate or Diploma course title.
If less than 10 days of the Certificate course are attended, the CPD attendance will list the dates which were attended.
If less than 10 days of the Diploma course are attended, the participant will need to agree a suitable substitute for the days which were missed. This may comprise a book review, a written piece, or a tutorial (at additional cost).

Professional standards

textbookssoftfocus_000The Grove Practice is a long-established counselling and psychotherapy practice based in central London, with a team of respected and accredited therapists. The Grove has developed a number of high quality professional training courses, including this supervision training. Indeed, the growing demand for the application of psychological models in organisational settings led to the additional establishment of The Grove’s training programmes, coaching team and organisational consultancy.

Tutor faculty

The faculty for each course is drawn from the following tutors. The course will be jointly led by Sarah Paton Briggs and Elliot Davis, supported by additional facilitators who will be contributing their specialist areas of expertise.

Sarah Paton Briggs brings her experience of working therapeutically with survivors of sexual abuse and rape, along with a wealth of knowledge regarding trauma therapy for military veterans and first responders.

Sarah has provided therapy for veterans funded by Walking With The Wounded and Help 4 Heroes. She has also given clinical assessment support for The Dare To Live Trust’s equine-facilitated programmes for veterans. Her clients have comprised serving members of the armed forces or emergency first-responders or statutory services. Sarah has undertaken therapy programmes either privately-funded or through Employee Assistance Programmes including private health insurance schemes for employees of the Metropolitan Police Service, Wiltshire Fire Service, Wiltshire Police, Gloucestershire Police, Wiltshire Council.

As part of The Grove’s team, Sarah co-wrote a successful proposal funded by the building’s insurer, for a psychological trauma therapy service to support a group of those who were affected by the Grenfell Tower fire in 2017. Sarah was one of the project directors who set up a multi-lingual, multi-disciplinary, multi-site trauma therapy service (which is still in operation).

Sarah is a director of The Grove Practice, where she has held a management role for over 10 years. She is a supervisor accredited by BACP and by COSRT.  As an accredited psychotherapist, psychosexual & relationship therapist, drug & alcohol counsellor, Sarah has a wealth of experience working with adult clients, either as individuals or couples – where traumatic experiences often have a bearing on current client presentations. Working in a trauma-informed way, she brings an engaging and relational approach to her client work.

Trauma is a significant area of her practice. Sarah has worked with many survivors of childhood sexual abuse and rape, supporting them in making sense of what has happened and encouraging them to process what has happened so that they can reconstruct more confidence and purpose in life.

Sarah’s professional trauma credentials include:
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional recognised by the International Association of Trauma Professionals.
Member of the UK Psychological Trauma Society (UKPTS)
Member of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS)
EMDR Level 1 & 2 (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing)

She has undertaken CPD training with internationally-acclaimed teachers in the world of psycho-traumatology:

  • Dr Daniel Siegel
  • Babette Rothschild
  • Bessel van der Kolk MD
  • Dr Janina Fisher
  • Professor Berthold Gersons

During 2019 she will complete training in EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) and Matrix Reimprinting.
In line with best practice guidelines for psycho-traumatology, Sarah has trained in a range of approaches to treating trauma, including the evidence-based protocol of CPT (Cognitive Processing Therapy) which falls under the NICE guidelines for Trauma-Focused CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). Other protocols include EMDR (Levels 1 and 2), as well as BEPP (Brief Eclectic Psychotherapy for PTSD). She has received training in assessing and diagnostics for trauma, PTSD, and Complex PTSD. Importantly for symptomatic relief as a first stage in trauma treatment, Sarah is trained in a range of approaches for emotional regulation and stabilisation of symptoms such as flashbacks or panic attacks, including STAIR (Skills Training in Affect and Interpersonal Regulation).

Equine-facilitated therapy is a gentle yet profound way in which Sarah supports trauma clients, many of whom have survived unwanted sexual experiences. The horses usually guide clients in setting healthier boundaries and building trust through safe touch. Sarah is certified in equine therapy by IFEEL and LEAP.

Sarah is a faculty member for IFEEL, teaching on an Ofqual-regulated Level 6 and emerging Level 7 practitioner training in equine-facilitated psycho-traumatology.

Sarah also teaches on The Grove’s supervision course, given her experience in supervising therapists through each stage of their professional development: as trainees, then qualified therapists, plus supporting supervisees towards BACP accreditation or UKCP registration. Her clinical management role at the practice also involves the practical application of ethical principles including boundaries, contracting, confidentiality, balancing the client’s autonomy with upholding the role of the therapist, all within the commercial context of The Grove.

Feedback on Sarah’s teaching style indicates that she is “structured and informed”.


Elliot Davis Elliot has worked therapeutically over an extensive period of time with a large and diverse client base many of whom present with Type 1 PTSD and Complex-PTSD. He has worked with survivors of domestic abuse, sexual abuse and rape, road accident survivors with life-changing injures and military veterans.

Elliot’s initial training was completed at the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy (CCPE) completing a combined academic/experiential five- year postgraduate Diploma. He is accredited by the UKCP & BACP.

He holds multiple accreditations including a Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy from Birkbeck University and Dip (Psych) from CCPE. He also holds further Certification in Couples Counselling and has studied various trauma treatment protocols. Elliot has worked within the NHS supporting a multi-disciplinary team in Acute Admissions. He has also worked in the charity sector and with all sizes of commercial organisations.

Elliot has trained in a range of approaches to treating trauma. Specifically, he is trained in the evidence-based protocol of CPT (Cognitive Processing Therapy) which falls under the NICE guidelines for Trauma-Focused CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy).

He has undertaken further training in assessing and diagnostics for trauma, PTSD, and Complex PTSD and has a specialist focus for symptomatic relief as a first stage in trauma treatment, using a range of approaches for emotional regulation and stabilisation of symptoms such as flashbacks or panic attacks, including STAIR (Skills Training in Affect and Interpersonal Regulation).

Elliot is working towards his Certified Clinical Trauma Professional Level 1 (CCTP-Level 1) and an accreditation of Complex Trauma Treatment Professional (CCTP-II). He is currently taking further study led by Dr Janina Fisher towards his accreditation with The International Association for Trauma Professionals (IATP). His focussed studies are currently on the Treatment of Dissociation, Increasing Awareness of Dysregulated Parts and Dissociative States, Working with Traumatic Memory in Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), Traumatic Attachment and the Treatment of Dissociative Disorders.

He has received CPD psycho-traumatology training with the following acclaimed teachers in the Trauma field:

  • Babette Rothschild
  • Bessel van der Kolk MD
  • Dr Janina Fisher


Dr James Kustow  James is Medical Director of The Grove and practises as a Consultant Psychiatrist in Harley Street.

Trauma is a significant area of his work and he is experienced in diagnosing PTSD alongside trauma treatment planning.

He runs a truly integrative private clinic located at 127 Harley Street, and also works in the NHS one day a week in the field of Adult ADHD. James is a general adult psychiatrist with considerable experience working with the full range of mental health problems encountered in adulthood. In recent years, he has worked as a psychiatrist to a London-based university, seeing students with mental health difficulties.

He is also a trained integrative psychotherapist and has an interest, and many years of experience using, body-focussed interventions when working with psychological trauma and its various and broad ranging manifestations. Amongst other approaches he is trained in hypnotherapy (Diploma), EMDR (Adv) and EFT (Adv). James has also trained in nutrition, believing this to be critical for optimal mental wellbeing.

James studied medicine in Nottingham and trained in psychiatry with the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (Guys and St Thomas’ hospitals) and at St Mary’s Hospital.

James is a respected clinician both within and outside the NHS. One of his main areas of specialist expertise is Adult ADHD. He works in one of the very few London-based specialist Adult ADHD services in the NHS. He is on the Executive Board of UKAAN (the main professional organisation for Adult ADHD in the UK) and is UKAAN’s Training Programme Director. The comprehensive training programme UKAAN offers is highly regarded in the UK and further afield.


Ashley Meyer tutor for The GroveAshley Meyer

London-based Ashley Meyer has been involved with EFT and Energy Psychology since 2004 when he first became a practitioner. Discovering how “tapping” revolutionised his client work, he went on to become an advanced practitioner and then master practitioner as well as a trainer.

In addition to EFT, Ashley has trained in other energy psychology techniques, NLP and hypnotherapy. He is a Psychosynthesis counsellor and is currently working towards his MA in Psychosynthesis Psychotherapy.

Ashley has had extensive experience working with “mind-body” conditions, specifically conditions for which western medicine offer little advice or hope. Chronic Fatigue and ME have been central to this interest as has the impact of trauma on the body and energy system. For this training, Ashley teaches EFT in relation to trauma clients, drawing on his extensive experience in the field. He continues to deepen his work by attending CPD events when available, including seminars run by Bessel van der Kolk, Gabor Mate and Peter Levine. Ashley also provides support to a new charity, Support Veterans UK, in both a clinical and training capacity.

Authenticity is central to Ashley’s approach and he relishes any opportunity to share his passion through his inspirational trainings.


Matt Carey 

Matt was eight years old when he was targeted by a group of predatory paedophiles who subjected him to 18-months of horrific sexual abuse in the public toilets of local parks and on the sea front of his hometown. He was too ashamed and scared to tell anyone what had happened…not his parents, friends or family.

In his acclaimed book, A Small Boy Smiling, Matt tells a remarkable story of survival and overcoming the trauma, guilt and shame of childhood sexual abuse, teenage alcoholism, sexual anorexia, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

His lifelong search for peace, love and healing culminates in personal spiritual awakening and a desire to help other survivors of sexual abuse to discover their own healing.

The book includes a chapter written by Matt’s trauma therapist Sarah Paton Briggs, called Soulful Space: Reflections On My Therapy Work With Matt. Matt invited Sarah to pull back the curtain of client/therapist confidentiality and write a chapter about his therapy sessions with her from the therapist’s perspective.

Since the book was published in 2018, Matt has been busy promoting the book with public talks, and both he and Sarah were invited to discuss the book on BBC 5 Live’s Stephen Nolan show. An article (which presents an overview of Matt’s journey of healing) entitled Trying To Make Sense Of It All, had subsequently been published on the Survivors UK and the National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (NAASCA) websites.

A link to the radio interview and the articles can be found at

For this trauma therapy course, Matt is generously willing to share his insights for counsellors on how they can provide effective therapy for survivors of CSA. The survivor’s voice can be heard, along with validation that recovery takes time but is possible for this client group.

Matt has enjoyed working in the world of entertainment for over twenty years, as a theatre manager, organiser of several prestigious international festivals, and of large-scale community-based cultural projects supporting children and young people.


Scope of practice

This course caters for a range of mental health practitioners and related healthcare professionals who wish to develop their skills in providing trauma therapy, also known as psycho-traumatology.

This course is designed for qualified therapists, counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists, social workers or anyone whose client group or caseload includes adults presenting with trauma and dissociation.

Participants on this course are required by The Grove to hold membership of a professional body and to work in accordance with that code of ethics, as well as undertaking regular supervision relevant to their scope of practice, as mandated by their professional membership(s).

This course provides participants with the knowledge and skills to work therapeutically with clients who present with symptoms of psychological trauma. The Grove expects participants from this course to work within their competence and under clinical supervision, with awareness of when onward referral or multi-disciplinary working may be in the client’s best interests, such as the potential role for medication or psychiatry.

Those who work with children or adolescents may also benefit from attending this training. Although mental health professionals working with children are expected by The Grove to hold prior qualification and experience with children / adolescents / young people, consistent with their professional scope of practice.

Trauma therapy supervision can be offered by separate arrangement. The Grove is happy to suggest supervisors skilled and experienced in psychotraumatology.


Application criteria

Applicants are expected to be qualified and experienced professionals in a helping profession, who are secure in their mode of practice. This will be covered in the application form. All applicants are expected to:

  • be qualified and experienced in their field,
  • be full members of their professional body (such as but not limited to BACP,  UKCP,  BPS,  AHPP,  NCP,  NCS,  ACC )
  • hold professional liability insurance
  • have supervision arrangements in place for their client work as well as access to support for any supervision practice they undertake during the course.

How is this course different from others?

Some trauma CPD events are delivered in a short format over 1 or 2 days, without adding further depth of learning. Other courses may teach diagnostics and protocols without attention to enhancing the client relationship. While yet other trainings focus on relational dimensions without an evidence-based underpinning.

By contrast, this course combines all these elements: a methodical approach to defining, then assessing and treating trauma and dissociation; with a solid grounding in distinguishing between different trauma presentations based on latest diagnostic considerations; framed in a client-centred relational way; plus attendees will be equipped with a toolkit of skills for evidence-based treatment in the context of understanding the wider overview of trauma protocols.

A unique feature on this course is that there is input from psychiatrists, as well as traumatologists and other specialist trainers.

Trauma therapy can differ from other modes of counselling or psychotherapy, in that the psychoeducation aspect is more overt. The trauma therapist at times will need to be more didactic especially in providing psychoeducation elements. The approach of the trauma therapist  involves attending to good balance between over- and under-nurturing, monitoring their own competence, as well as extending the “high support, high challenge” course culture into their trauma therapy practice.

Diversity and Respect Statement

The Grove is committed to the provision of training which is inclusive for participants from a diverse range of professional and cultural backgrounds. The Grove’s diversity policy upholds participation by trainees which respects differences in ability and disability, age, sex, gender diversity, race, religion, culture, and theoretical modality. The Grove’s course terms and conditions provide for each participant being seen, heard and respected during their attendance at course events. These terms are shown in the course contract which every applicant is expected to sign when enrolling; and are described in the course handbook at the start of the training. Any participant may be suspended from the course if their behaviour is deemed by The Grove to be contrary to this statement.


Testimonials from previous participants on The Grove's other courses:

Cert Coup Rel 21

Cabby has been the most enlightening and generous of teachers, such a wonderful experience.

Cert Coup Rel 20

Excellent. Enjoyable and I feel more confident as a result to start working with couples and taking what I have learnt in to my 1-1 work with clients who bring their relationship and struggles.

Cert Coup Rel 19

It was a pleasure to meet you Cabby. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experience in such an accessible and real way.

Cert Coup Rel 18

I really enjoyed the course and gained a lot from it. The outlook and stance taken by Cabby was refreshing and challenged me in lots of ways – great!.

Cert Coup Rel 16

Thanks again for a brilliant training.

Cert Coup Rel 17

Very good notes and material to accompany the theory presented. Cabby’s explanation of theory in relation to the work is second to none. It’s ‘straight up’ and she explains it with ease in a very knowledgeable but approachable way.

Cert Coup Rel 15

Many thanks again for a thought-provoking, interesting and beautifully taught and held course, I thoroughly enjoyed it

Cert Coup Rel 14

I’ve learned new things and had my basic assumptions challenged. It’s been a good experience.

Dip SV 23

Thanks to you, Glenn and everyone for a great course.

Dip SV 22

It was a great experience, and I find myself putting the learning into practice often.

Possible venue for 2020

Holiday Inn Mayfair
3 Berkeley Street

On exiting Green Park tube station, turn left and then take the left turn into Berkeley Street. You will see the hotel immediately on the right on the other side of the road. The entrance to Berkeley Street is opposite the Ritz hotel on Piccadilly.

In the hotel lobby, you will see signage by the lift directing you to the training room.

Click to see hotel website

Holiday Inn Mayfair

Possible venue for 2020

De Vere West One
9-10 Portland Place
W1B 1PR.

This is north of Oxford Circus tube near the Langham Hotel and the BBC TV centre.

Click to see venue website


De Vere West One

How to apply

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