CPCAB Level 5 Dip. in Somatic-informed Trauma Therapy

  • Bringing together Psychodynamic, trauma and somatic theory and practice
  • Blending in-person, self-study and zoom learning
April course:Fortnightly Mondays, 9.30-4pm, via zoom from 24th April, 2023
Sept. course:Monthly Saturdays, 10-6pm, Shefford, Beds from September 2023 & fortnightly online supervision
Tutors:Kate Williams, Reg. MBACP (Accred.) and Ros O’Hanlon, Reg. MBACP
Cost:£1,726 + VAT, plus £224 CPCAB fee

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, yoga Nidra 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.

Fortnightly sessions

These will take place fortnightly and are practical and experiential in nature, to include:  psychodynamic and trauma skills training, student-led presentations, experiential personal development, working with difference and minority groups, paper/research discussion groups, trauma & theoretical lectures, mental health and embodiment practices.


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 (inc. 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 2 to 3 hours of self-study per week; 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 monthly during the online learning part of the course where you’ll be in smaller groups with an allocated tutor.  This group session is where theory and practice will come together, where you’ll bring and discuss client material.

Project work

You will have the opportunity to present on topics of your choice around the subject of mental health, difference and research.  Project work is usually carried out in pairs or small groups and presented during the in-person workshops.

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 of up to 1000 words
  • One written case-study
  • One oral case-study presentation
  • Peer-led presentation & reflective essay
  • Tutor and Peer observations
  • Self-review on embodiment practices (both personally and in 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


  • Complete application form
  • Submit a supervisor reference and ID
  • Attend interview
  • Upon acceptance hold place with a £350 deposit

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