CPCAB Level 5 Dip. in Somatic-informed Trauma Therapy

  • Bringing together Psychodynamic, trauma and somatic theory and practice
  • We offer both in-person and fully online options, both with a self-study element
September 2024:
Fully online
2024:  4/5/6th September, 13/14/15th November
2025:  2/3/4th January, 5/6/7th March, 21/22 May, 13th June
Each 3 day chunk: Wed and Thurs 9-4pm and Fri’s 9-12pm
Plus 2hr a fortnight Reflective Practice group (see brochure)
Tutors: Kate Williams and Kelly Lane

September 2024:

Commencing 14/9/24; 10 Saturdays
Best House, Shefford, Beds. SG17 5QS
Plus 2hr fortnight Reflective Practice Group via Zoom
Tutors: Kate Williams & Fiona Breaker-Rolfe
Course fee: £1,756 + vat, plus £239 CPCAB fee

Next course dates will be September 2025 where we plan to run an online and in person training.  Details will be published in August.

This post-graduate training brings together psychodynamic theory and cutting-edge trauma research and practice within the growing field of post-traumatic growth and somatic psychology.  It will both deepen and broaden your work with clients supporting you to assess and work with a range of complex client presentations, working safely and effectively.

Trauma research, theory and practice is now underpinning the work we do as therapists and  it is vital for counsellors to have an in depth understanding of trauma along with an experiential knowledge of somatics and body-mind theory which supports the bottom-up work to trauma recovery.

This training will equip you with the knowledge and skills to integrate psychodynamic and trauma theory into your practice to enable you to:-

  • work competently with relational, developmental and transgenerational trauma.
  • understand how to use trauma-informed skills to pace your clients, ground them and work safely with trauma within the Three-Phased Trauma Model. This will include the use of grounding techniques, breathwork, embodiment and subtle yet effective movement practices for both hyper and hypro arousal.
  • Understand Complex PTSD through understanding and applying psychodynamic theory to your practice including the theory of object relations, Jungian psychology, attachment theory, transference and countertransference. Along with trauma theory, this will help you to understand and work with your clients who show traits of narcissism, echoism, personality disorders and other complex mental health issues. 
  • Work with trauma and minority groups
  • Develop a deeper capacity to relate at depth with your clients, with their felt sense and somatics;
  • Carry out assessments competently
  • To deepen your reflexivity as a developing practitioner.


You will be given access to over 50 hours of self-study material to work through in your own time.  The psychodynamic, embodiment and trauma theory will largely be delivered via our self-study portal with learning via:

  • Video presentations
  • Podcasts (incl. counsellors discussing topics like the shadow & object relations)
  • Creative practices
  • Reflective personal development exercises
  • Discussion forums

You will be required to commit to a minimum of 3 hours of self-study per week up to 6 depending on your learning style); this theory will be further embedded and built upon within the workshops and reflective practice sessions. 

See course brochure for course contents.

Reflective practice groups

These will take place on a regular basis where you’ll be in smaller groups with an allocated tutor.  This group session is where theory and practice will come together.  Sometimes there will be a topic to discuss (for assessment purposes) in relation to your client work and at other times you or a peer will present a client for whole group learning.

Student-led presentations

You will have the opportunity to research and present on a topic of your choice on the subject of trauma.  These are usually carried out in pairs or small groups and presented during the in-person workshops.  Approximately two-thirds of the way into the course your tutor will start discussing this with you, where you’ll choose a topic and be given a time-slot to present to the group, as a mini lesson, of upto 1 hour in length.

Additional requirements

To be in supervised client work working with a minimum of 2 clients a week.

To commit to a regular embodiment practice which might include breathwork, yoga for vagal tone, yoga nidra, voicework.

To be a member of a professional body


Assessment is carried out via the following means:-

  • Monthly reflective journals
  • One written case-study
  • Client presentations in RPG
  • Peer-led presentation on a trauma topic
  • Tutor and Peer observations
  • Self-review on embodiment practice and client work

Course entry Requirements

  • To hold a minimum of a Level 4 diploma in counselling
  • To have a minimum of 150 client hours
  • To have completed a minimum of 40 hours personal therapy
  • To have worked through your own trauma sufficiently to undertake a course of this nature
  • To have the capacity to take responsibility for own safety and capacity to take responsibility for own reactions, experiences and feelings
  • To have sufficient external support and to be prepared to work through anything that arises during the training in supervision or personal therapy


  • Complete application form
  • Submit a supervisor reference and ID
  • Attend interview
  • Upon acceptance hold place with a £395 + VAT deposit

L5 2022 group – ending Mandala

What our students say

“I’m am so pleased to have been on this journey of the very first trauma level 5. It was life changing giving a third dimension to my therapeutic practice I feel confident and safe when work with trauma clients and this is due to the learning and support from this course. I have also found my own embodiment practice has given opportunity to heal and move forward in life.” Lesley

“This experience has been truly amazing for me personally and professionally. I feel the course is worth it’s weight in gold. I have learned so much about myself, my personal trauma, and I feel rid of a lot of my trauma. I feel like this course has helped a lot in my career as a counsellor and it  has given me some scope to look further into trauma, the anatomy, history of trauma and push myself out there to be self employed and has a specialist area to work in.” Karen

“Thoroughly enjoyable, informative and interesting course on Somatic Informed Trauma Therapy packed full of great content.  An enriching experience both personally and professionally.  Great blend of online, in class and self study, catering for all learning styles of reading, videos, podcasts and lots of experiential and creative exercises. Led by wonderful, inspiring and supportive tutors.  It was a great experience, I highly recommend this course!!

Both tutors are very knowledgeable, approachable, supportive, enthusiastic and interested in everyone’s individual and overall group learning experience, I think they enjoyed the experience as much as we all did! What i really liked was how they brought ‘themselves’ into the delivery of classes both in person and online which i feel enriched the experience even more. Classes were well planned with a great mix of learning through presentations, experiential, creative, individual and group exercises and practice.” Sharon

2022 ending Mandala

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