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90 Minute Workshop Series

Is complex trauma too complex for training?


Nicole's research interest in the area of specialist training in complex trauma treatment for practitioner psychologists was borne out of a perceived lack of specialist complex trauma training on her own doctoral programme: a lack reported by qualified colleagues, those still in training and perhaps most importantly, service users. The resulting research study that forms the subject of her workshop: “Is complex trauma too complex for training?” will discuss the findings of a survey of UK clinical and counselling psychology training programme directors on the prevalence and content of specialist complex trauma training provision. In addition, it will examine the themes that emerged from interviews with practitioner psychologists, trainees, educators and complex trauma treatment service leaders on this topic. What they can tell us about the need for complex trauma training in today’s NHS and how that might be brought to fruition should provide some stimulating and insightful discussion that could take the focus for this long neglected – and arguably societally and systemically avoided - topic still further.

Presenter: Nicole George
(DipN (RMN), PG Dip Psychodynamic Counselling, MA, MSc Psychology, DPsych – in training)

After qualifying as an RMN, Nicole was employed by The Priory Group where, following further training in psychodynamic and group therapy, she worked for a number of years as a therapist on their Addiction Treatment Programme. Following some time spent abroad and a career break to have a family, in 2015 she began training as a Counselling Psychologist. Her first clinical placement was in a complex trauma service where she remained for 2 years.