Learn How to Help Yourself and Others End Suffering From the Effects of Trauma and PTSD

The Trauma Workshop London 2020

with Dr Tom Barber
and Dr Sandra Westland

“There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.”
― Laurell K. Hamilton

Trauma PTSD Workshop London

Learning How to Help both Adults and Children with the Effects of Trauma and PTSD

This workshop will give you the knowledge of the inner world of trauma and the devastation it brings, and will show you how to help both adults and children (or yourself) overcome the effects of trauma and remember they survived.

Working in the right way can turn traumatic stress into traumatic growth, and it is the right interventions that make the difference.

Over the last 20 years there have been significant progress in the understanding and treatment of those suffering the effects of trauma, and we want to share some of them with you.

Trauma is an experience that is unbearable, intolerable and one that we have no control over. It reaches not only those from the armed forces, the police, paramedics, and the fire services. It extends into our own homes and into our own lives.

Be it a sexual assault, a friend involved in a car accident, a family member encountering domestic violence, a neighbour being mugged, or you watching your parents fighting when you were a child, these are all traumatic events that have an impact on someone who experiences them.

The affects are not only experienced by those who are directly exposed to it, but also those around them.


  • 182,560 people were hurt in road traffic accidents (Year up to Sept 2016) of which 13.5% were killed or severely injured (DofT Feb 2017).
  • Nearly half a million adults are sexually assaulted in England and Wales each year (Rape Crisis England & Wales headline statistics 2015-16).
  • 1 in 5 women between 16 to 59 years of age have experienced some form of sexual violence (Rape Crisis England & Wales headline statistics 2015-16).
  • Each year an estimated 1.9m people in the UK suffer some form of domestic abuse (March 2015 Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW).
  • About a third (31.4%) of adults in England report having experienced at least one traumatic event (Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey 2014).

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The Impact of Trauma

The experience of trauma is very much present in our lives, and the effects of trauma reach far and wide. This leaves traces on our minds and emotions, on our ability to experience joy and intimacy, and even our biology and immune system.

With the continual in-depth studying of trauma through neuroscience, developmental psychopathology, and neuropsychology, it has been possible to identify just how trauma produces physiological, psychological and emotional changes. These are the changes that lead to reactions and actions such as drug taking, eating disorders, severe anxiety and depression, numbness, dissociation, self-harm, hyper-vigilance, and a general lacking of meaning in life.

There are 3 ways of helping:

1. Medication.
2. Top down – From our psychology through working with the traumatic memory and the collapse of all that we know.
3. Bottom up – From our physiology through working with the body’s visceral contradictions locked within.

How This Workshop Will Help

  • This workshop will show you a combination of top down and bottom up methods of helping someone stuck in trauma.
  • It will give you the tools to help people regain control over their past trauma, and transform their physical and mental struggles back to self-mastery.
  • You will experience a range of ways of working, each able to produce profound changes in someone depending on the particular problem, and the makeup of the individual person.

"Excellent in-depth teaching to a whole new level." - Sharon, London Workshop attendee

Here’s What You Will Learn

  • An understanding as to what happens psychologically, physiologically, and emotionally in trauma and PTSD, and the process of healing.
  • Insight into when and why trauma can move into a PTSD diagnosis.
  • Clarity on the difference between PTSD and Complex-PTSD (cPTSD).
  • Techniques that help calm the overactive brain functioning and anxiety symptoms.
  • Methods to manage flashbacks and to lessen their occurrences.
  • Knowledge in how to help someone begin to talk about a trauma experience, and foster the beginning of true healing.
  • The most supportive things to say and what not to say to someone who is traumatised.
  • How to work specifically with children who have been traumatised.
  • What treatments are available, and which one are the most appropriate for each individual.

You will come away from the workshop with practical techniques and strategies that you can use straight away for yourself or in your work, and which will facilitate immediate benefits for the people you are helping with trauma and PTSD.

This Workshop Is For You If …

  • You are suffering from the effects of trauma and/or PTSD.
  • You work with people in trauma and PTSD (including Complex PTSD) and you want some new ideas on how to be more effective.
  • As a therapist you are looking for different ways of working therapeutically with trauma.
  • Someone you know is struggling with a trauma and feels helpless.
  • You want to understand further how trauma impacts people’s lives and what can make a difference to their recovery.

"A very comprehensive, relevant and well presented day with a clear breakdown of a complex area of mental health." London Workshop attendee

Dr Tom Barber and Dr Sandra Westland Romania 2014 Embodiment Workshop

The Workshop Is Led By ...

Dr Sandra Westland and Dr Tom Barber, both highly experienced practitioners in working with trauma using the latest psychological approaches.

The methods you will learn are based on scientific and psychological research. Sandra and Tom bring a combined experience of 40 years of psychotherapeutic client work, research, and teaching to the training.

Sandra has experienced and recovered from PTSD herself, and has many years of experience working with paramedics, ambulance technicians and crisis teams. She has found first hand, in her research on women and problematic weight, that trauma has a bearing on weight, food and body issues.

Tom has spent many years researching the impact of anger and emotion, both prevalent in traumatic events and experiences. He is one of the leading authorities on the experience of anger, particularly in men. His previous military service has provided him with a unique insight into the effects and treatment of trauma from conflict scenarios.

"Such a brilliant workshop. Highly professional, well paced and managed. I learnt so much and grew hugely. Life changing and inspiring. Thank you!" Belinda, London Workshop attendee

Booking Details

If you are booking an individual place please see below for booking details. If you are attending through a company who are paying for your place and you need an invoice, please email us at info@contemporarycollege.com

Venue: Birkbeck College, University of London, Bloomsbury, Central London. Get directions here.

Online: This course can also be accessed instantly through our online program. See below.

Date: Saturday March 14th 2020

Times: 10am to 5pm


"The best trauma training I have ever been on!" Sharon, London Workshop attendee 

Ready To Book Your Course?

Places on this course are strictly limited and are on a first come, first served basis. If you would like to register on this course, then click the Book Now button to continue to the booking and payment page. If you are attending through a company who are paying for your place and you need an invoice, please email us at info@contemporarycollege.com

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Recent Feedback ...

"Amazing workshop, empowering, enlightening, compassionate, a watershed event for building a Trauma Informed culture in Ireland & beyond and encouraging to "Find my Tribe" even for one day! Thanks Tom and Sandra for bringing your life's work to Ireland and helping us to heal ourselves and those entrusted to us. God bless you both." Lisa, Dublin Workshop.

“A fact filled, experiential course, with practical ideas that I can use.” Judy, Manchester Workshop.

“Amazing training. Very powerful.” Jackie, Manchester Workshop.

“Brilliant and enlightening. I’ll be able to use a lot of the exercises with my patients.” Judith, Manchester Workshop.

“A deep and engaging workshop which can really be the start of an internal journey. Incredibly powerful.” Pareena, Manchester Workshop.

"A very informative day. I came away with a wealth of information and an appetite to learn more." Gillian, Manchester Workshop.

"That was extraordinary training." Amanda, Manchester Workshop.