Certificate or Diploma in Trauma Therapy

The course is taught at a level suitable for qualified professionals who are already established in their own mode of practice.

Course overview:

This course is accredited by NCIP, the Diploma version is accredited by COSRT at Level 7. Anyone completing this course can also apply to ITTI for recognition as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional.

The course is taught at a level suitable for qualified professionals who are already established in their own mode of practice. Participants 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.
  • (For the Diploma version) 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.

About this course

  • Course Duration:14 days
  • Next intake:Autumn 2024
    (Autumn 2024 intake on Zoom, 2025 intake on Zoom)
  • CPD Value:90 Hours
    (Certificate at 90 hours; Diploma at 140 hours)
  • Level:Certificate (Level 6 equivalence) or Diploma (Level 7 equivalence)
  • Fee:Certificate fee: £2,500 + VAT
    Diploma fee: £3,000 + VAT
Do you have a question? Get in touch with a member of the team who will be happy to help
Kelly's trauma course journey

This course 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 plan,
  • Train attendees in evidence-based trauma therapy, along with other mindfulness and body-based-awareness approaches.

This training is designed primarily for psychotherapeutic practitioners such as counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists.

However, those practitioners in a related field have also successfully benefited from this programme, including coaches or hypnotherapists. Please contact us if you’d like to discuss how this course may be relevant to your scope of practice.

The full 14-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
  • A systematic approach using the internationally-recognised tri-phasic trauma therapy model
  • Methodical focus on client priorities and formulating a relational treatment approach with inbuilt effectiveness tracking
  • A range of techniques for psycho-education and stabilisation of trauma symptoms, including trauma symptoms and brain effects, emotional regulation and mind-body awareness
  • Training in EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique, also known as “tapping”) to Level 1 and Level 2
  • Training in Trauma-Focused CBT using Cognitive Processing Therapy to tackle traumagenic beliefs and stuck points
  • 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.

This course can be taken at different levels of participation.

  • 14-day CPD Certificate in Trauma Therapy: this option is for attendance only as experiential learning.
  • 14-day Diploma in Trauma Therapy: attendance at all of the 14-day programme dates plus satisfactory completion of written assignments. Assessed written assignment products to be submitted by the student comprise: psycho-education leaflet for use by clients; 3,000 word essay defining trauma, dissociation and co-morbidities; 3,000 word trauma therapy case study. Guidelines for the essay and case study will be written in the course handbook. Briefings will also be given verbally during the course. The purpose of the essay is to ensure that participants have understood the spectrum of trauma characteristics from mild to severe, including diagnostic definitions of PTSD and Complex PTSD – along with recognising symptoms and how to treat them. The case study will be an opportunity to show how a systematic phase-based treatment plan has been implemented.

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 (11 of the total 14 days) is required to be awarded the Certificate or Diploma course title. If less than 11 days of the Certificate course are attended, the CPD attendance will list the dates which were attended. If less than 11 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).

This intake has already begun. Applications are invited for for all future intakes, Autumn 2024 and 2025.

This intake will be held entirely in person at NCVO near Kings Cross in London N1.

The course is held at weekends on Saturday and Sunday in 2024.

Course dates:

24 & 25 February 2024
16 & 17 March 2024
13 & 14 April 2024
11 & 12 May 2024
1 & 2 June 2024
22 & 23 June 2024
13 & 14 July 2024

Times each day: 10am – 4:30pm, apart from EFT days which finish at 5pm.

The Autumn 2024 intake will be held entirely on Zoom. The course is held at weekends on Saturday and Sunday.

Course dates:
14 & 15 September 2024
12 & 13 October 2024
16 & 17 November 2024
14 & 15 December 2024
11 & 12 January 2025
8 & 9 February 2025
8 & 9 March 2025

Times each day: 10am – 4:30pm, apart from EFT days which finish at 5pm.

The 2025 intake will be held entirely on Zoom, at weekends on Saturday and Sunday in 2025.

Course dates:

26 & 27 April
24 & 25 May
21 & 22 June
12 & 13 July
6 & 7 September
4 & 5 October
8 & 9 November

Times each day:

Times each day: 10am – 4:30pm, apart from EFT days which finish at 5pm.

There are 2 options for this course: Certificate or Diploma.

Certificate in Trauma Therapy: this is CPD attendance only as experiential learning with self-study of the course materials. The fee is £2,500 + VAT = £3,000. This includes attendance and materials including resources forming the trauma treatment toolkit, with 4 days of EFT training and 1 day of training in TF-CBT over the 14-day course.

Diploma in Trauma Therapy: everything included in the Certificate version, with the addition of 3 written assignments (an essay, a case study, a client-friendly information leaflet). The fee is £3,000 + VAT = £3,600.

For those who have already enrolled on the Certificate version, there is an optional upgrade fee of £500 + VAT = £600 to convert to the Diploma version. This can be arranged at any time until the end of the course teaching dates for that intake.

After paying an initial deposit of £480, the remaining fee can be paid in full or by instalments. Usually the total fee is payable by 6 weeks before the final weekend of the training course, although extended payment plans are possible by arrangement. Some reduced-fee places may be awarded depending on student circumstances, subject to availability. The Grove is also happy to invoice all or part of the fee to an employer or organisation which is providing funding. Please contact us for details or to discuss a payment plan.

This information is applicable for courses attended in person.

Tea and coffee and water are served during each day of the course.

A light sandwich lunch is served each day. This includes fillings with meat, fish, vegetarian and vegan options. Please let us know if you have particular dietary requirements such as gluten-free.

Alternatively, there are many cafes and restaurants near the venue  such as at Kings Cross station or in York Way, where different lunch options can be purchased if preferred.

Please note that only food and drink served by the venue may be consumed on the premises.

Benefits of this trauma training

I’m loving the course, it’s such a joy to be learning things that are so helpful to my practice and also working with such a supportive group of people.


2023 trauma course student

Practice empowered
Daniel's trauma training transformation

Meet the trainers

Sarah Briggs

Sarah Briggs

Director and core tutor

Elliot Davis

Director and core tutor

Elliot Davis is a UKCP-registered psychotherapist and certified trauma therapist.

Dr James Kustow

Director of The Grove, Psychiatrist

Dr James Kustow is a London-based Consultant Psychiatrist and The Grove’s Medical Director.

Walter Busuttil

Consultant Psychiatrist

As a Consultant Psychiatrist, his current role is Director of Research and Training.

Dr Phil Mollon

Clinical Psychologist

Psychoanalyst, psychotherapist, and clinical psychologist.

Ashley Meyer

EFT Advanced Practitioner, EFT trainer

London-based Ashley Meyer has been involved with EFT and Energy Psychology since 2004.

Matt Carey

Author and speaker

In his acclaimed book, A Small Boy Smiling, Matt tells a remarkable story of survival.

Dr Roberta Babb

Director and owner of Third Eye Psychology

Dr Roberta Babb (BSc Hons, MSc, DClinPsych, CPsychol CSci AFBPsS).

Success stories

Here are some of the happy learners who took our 2023 trauma course in person: Hannah, Naomi, Rachel, Denise.

Trauma course 2023 testimonial reel

Prefer to study in person?

Enrol for the Spring 2024 intake

Venue details: NCVO in London N1

Application criteria

Applicants are expected to be qualified and experienced professionals in a mental health or helping profession, who are established in their practice. This will be covered in the application form. All applicants are expected to:

  • be full members of their professional body (you don't need to be accredited) with a code of ethics and complaint procedure for public protection (such as but not limited to BACP, UKCP, COSRT, BPS, AHPP, NCP, NCS, ACC)
  • be qualified and experienced in their field
  • hold professional liability insurance
  • have supervision arrangements in place for their client work as well as access to support for any clinical or organisation practice they undertake during the course

Trauma-wise training

The next video features Midi’s reflections on her learning after taking the trauma course in 2022 on how this enhanced her practice.

Midi's experience

Professional standards

The Grove Practice is accredited by NCIP (National Council for Integrative Psychotherapists) as a CPD training centre. As such, all The Grove’s courses are awarded NCIP accreditation for CPD (Continuous Professional Development). This accreditation provides reassurance regarding high standards of teaching and course content. The NCIP is one of the longest established membership organisations for this profession, formed in 1971 following the “Foster Report” on the statutory registration of psychotherapists, with a national and international network of therapists.

The Grove’s Diploma in Trauma Therapy has been awarded Thematic Training Accreditation by COSRT at Level 7. This accreditation is a mark of endorsement by a leading professional body in the UK, mapping in equivalence to the RQF levels regulated by OfQual – although The Grove’s courses are not Ofqual-regulated. Participants who successfully complete this course can use this training certificate as evidence of CPD hours required for ongoing membership of COSRT.

Our trauma Certificate course is taught at Level 6 equivalence; our trauma Diploma course is taught at Level 7 equivalence. This is a post-qualification training which requires overt theoretical evaluation, self-reflection, and interpretation of how to apply the models in mental health settings such as clinical practice or multi-disciplinary teams in organisations. The Grove is setting its own courses at a training level in line with industry-wide language for evaluating the academic level of the course.

The Grove’s courses have been successfully recognised as CPD for members of the following membership bodies: BACP, UKCP, COSRT, NCIP, NCPS, AHPP, ACC, BPS, among others. Organisations such as universities, schools and colleges, several NHS trusts, Relate, MIND, and Place2B have also supported some of their therapists in taking training with The Grove. This is a mark of unofficial validation of our courses as worthy of being listed on the CPD logs by members these organisations and therapists.

We are proud of the multi-disciplinary nature of our courses, where learners from a variety of mental health backgrounds and other related fields are welcome, subject to fulfilling our application criteria.

Success Stories

Training with us empowers a positive difference in the lives of the people you support.

Read all about it here

About this course

  • Course Duration:14 days
  • Next intake:Autumn 2024
    (Autumn 2024 intake on Zoom, 2025 intake on Zoom)
  • CPD Value:90 Hours
    (Certificate at 90 hours; Diploma at 140 hours)
  • Level:Certificate (Level 6 equivalence) or Diploma (Level 7 equivalence)
  • Fee:Certificate fee: £2,500 + VAT
    Diploma fee: £3,000 + VAT
Do you have a question? Get in touch with a member of the team who will be happy to help

Subscribe to our newsletter

Sign up to hear from us about our courses, community, and events