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Dr Olivia Williams and Dr Rosalind Brock – PTSD Following Birth Trauma and Consideration for Perinatal Period (Online)


This workshop aims to provide delegates with the knowledge and understanding to work with PTSD following birth trauma.

The training intends to equip delegates with the skills to recognise the unique aspects of birth trauma presentations, taking into consideration societal, cultural and individual beliefs and expectations of the perinatal period and how these interact with the symptomology of PTSD. Delegates will understand the specific challenges facing this client group and how barriers to seeking or accessing care can be overcome. Further, the workshop will consider the impact of PTSD following birth trauma within the family system, the potential consequences for parenting and attachment.

Delegates will develop their skills to formulate the complexity of these presentations, and learn how to adapt evidence-based treatment for PTSD following birth trauma. Particular emphasis is placed on the ability to expand the formulation to understand the impact of trauma on the family system, and attend to issues surrounding attachment and the perinatal period.

The training will support delegates in assessing for co-morbidity, substance mis-use and clinical, social and forensic issues.

Teaching will focus on skills development using a combination of didactic teaching, group discussions, small group discussions, role-play, DVD presentations and experiential learning.

Dr Rosalind Brock is a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist working in the Birth Trauma Pathway within Berkshire Traumatic Stress Service (BTSS). She has worked with severe and enduring mental health issues for over a decade, developing a specific interest in Trauma presentations. Having worked with both families and individuals, Dr Brock particularly draws upon Systemic as well as trauma models.

Dr Olivia Williams is a Specialist Clinical Psychologist working within an Under Fives CAMHS service and specialist Parent-infant relationship service and has experience in working with parents and their infants in multiple perinatal services across inpatient and outpatient contexts. Dr Williams has also previously worked within BTSS.

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Due to the current situation we are unable to physically host workshops at the University of Reading. With the ever-changing guidance around restrictions, we anticipate this to be a short-to-medium term arrangement – most likely until September 2021. This is under constant review and we will resume our usual programme as soon as possible, whilst continuing to run the online events as an alternative for those who cannot attend in person.

Events will be delivered using Microsoft Teams, for which delegates will be sent a link for joining. No previous experience of this tool or specific software is required (although we do recommend that you access the event using a connection with good bandwidth).

Taught by leading experts, our workshops provide training opportunities in evidence-based treatments. All of our courses are accredited and are BABCP compliant providing 5 CPD hours, with an approximate 50/50 split between theory and skills. The cost of the workshop includes an electronic CPD certificate. All workshops, unless otherwise stated, are intended for a cross/mixed ability audience.

We also offer a range of training options in all psychological treatments, all of which are recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

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