Advanced Counselling Skills - Trauma

Not a day passes without a traumatic event – an event that involves a threat to one’s own life or body, or involves witnessing a life threatening event that someone else faces.  Such an event is way beyond the range of usual human experience; an event which would be markedly distressing to almost anyone. The critical factor seems to be the person’s cognitive construction of what has happened to them. Typically the reaction is one of fear helplessness or horror.

This course equips you with the specialised counselling skills necessary for trauma counselling.


Who Should Attend

Please note: This course assumes that you have done a Basic Counselling Skills Course.

If you have not done a basic course you may be interesed in my Basic Counselling Skills Course.

People who will benefit include:

  • Ministers and religious counsellors
  • Voluntary lay counsellors
  • Psychology students
  • BPsych students doing their internship in Trauma Counselling

Course Content

 Module 1

  • Different forms of intervention
  • Debriefing, Trauma Counselling and Trauma Therapy.
  • Assumptions for Counselling - The best practice is to assume you are dealing with a "normal" person who has had an "abnormal" life event.
  • Style of Approach - Here we look at some of the unique aspects of trauma counselling as opposed to basic counselling.
  • Setting the context for Counselling - Trauma counselling requires a unique context to ensure effective counselling. Issues such as the privacy, comfort and safety of the client during counselling are examined.
  • Stages of Trauma Counselling - There are nine areas of focus which the counsellor needs to work through in order to help the client with their recovery.

Module 2

  • Common Concerns after Trauma - Counsellors need to be aware of the commonly occurring emotional after-effects of a traumatic event, and be able to manage them.
  • Suggestions for Intervention - Here we look at concrete, practical suggestions counsellors can use in order to respond appropriately to their clients.
  • Do's and Don'ts of Trauma Counselling - Fundamental key points and concepts to remember when counselling.
  • A Note of warning to Trauma Counsellors - In order to be a good counsellor, you do need to have a deep feeling of empathy for another's suffering or misfortune in order to help them. However, you must not absorb and retain the suffering long after it is needed. Here we look we look at ways to prevent counsellor burnout.

Module 3

  • We revisit some of the key issues from Modules 1 & 2, and put into practice our learning in a fun and non-threatening environment.

Format & Duration

The course is both theoretical and practical - participants will have many opportunities to try out and practice the new skills they learn.

One full-day course (9am - 4:30pm)

Course Pack

Your investment includes the following:

  • A full set of course notes
  • One free telephonic/Skype consultation (max. 30 mins)
  • Course certificate *


* This is not an accredited course, so does not constitute an academic qualification. Participants will receive a certificate acknowledging they have attended the course.

Past Audiences

  • Psychology students
  • Church and faith group counsellors
  • Other lay counsellors


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