Course Profile

Course Profile: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (1 Day)
The use of the term 'Post Traumatic Stress Disorder' is frequently misused and misunderstood; thus the impact on the individual is minimised and poor or inadequate support provided. This course aims to provide learners with an understanding of the disorder and how this can limit the individual's potential for seizing opportunities and embracing change. The course also aims to assist learners to develop the basic skills and knowledge and skills to identify Secondary Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The course is informed by the DSM(V), NICE guidance, Rogerian theory and helping guidance (Egan).
The course is set in the context of the Care Act (2014), supports the Social Care Commitment and will help organisations meet the CQC Fundamental Standards. It links with the Code of Conduct for Healthcare Support Workers and Adult Social Care Workers in England (Skills for Care and Skills for Health, 2013)
The course provides some knowledge for
NHS KSF: HWB4
Care certificate: 5, 6, 9
QCF: HSC036, 31, 301, 302
The course is designed for workers providing support for people with Mental Health and/or substance/alcohol use in diverse roles and settings.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:

  • Formal definitions of the condition
  • What constitutes the condition: Diagnostic Signs and symptoms
  • What causes it
  • The difference between stress and emotional trauma
  • The symptoms preceding a formal diagnosis
  • How the symptoms of the condition may impact on the individual and affect a range of functions, including motivation
  • The impact on thought, feelings and behaviour; different responses
  • How to support and empower people experiencing the condition
  • A Person Centred approach to supporting people with PTSD
  • Potential challenges to those offering support
  • What is meant by Secondary Post Traumatic Stress condition (Disorder) and how to respond
  • Other support available (incl. medical)
Training methods utilised include: Discussion, PowerPoint, Large group work, Small group work, Practical exercises, Handouts, Tutor presentations