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Trauma Specialist

Maaike Beech

PG.Cert, Bsc. Hons, NCS(Snr. Accred), MBACP (Accred)

Registered with EMDR UK and currently training in sensorimotor psychotherapy.

I am a psychotherapist, * EMDR therapist and trainer with 15+ years of experience in working with trauma. This includes domestic abuse, sexual abuse (including CSA/ CSE), car accidents, traumatic bereavements, complex PTSD, dissociation difficulties (including Dissociative Identity Disorder), FGM, sudden illness, trafficking and torture. I am trained in the Rewind Technique by Human Givens College. The Rewind Technique is a gentle trauma technique that allows you to process the traumatic memory while feeling safe and present.

I have also been trained in Trauma-Focused CBT by the Anna Freud Centre in London, which is a gentle way to increase a sense of safety, working to manage your post-trauma symptoms such as re-living, avoidance, hyper-arousal and negative views of yourself or the world.

* EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing. Using an 8-phase protocol, we use bilateral stimulation (such as eye movements) to help desensitise and process traumatic memories, after which we install a more helpful thought. This powerful method can also be used for addictions, complex grief and many other difficulties.

Foundation Diploma: Therapeutic Safety in Trauma.

Suitable for any professional (student and qualified) who works with trauma. 

Each training day can be booked separately, and you will gain a CPD certificate of attendance.

If you attend all ten days and successfully complete the assignments and case study, you will receive the Foundation Diploma.

Learn to:

  • Confidently recognise survival states in your clients. 
  • Use and apply the 3-phase trauma model. 
  • Employ creative ways of working whilst staying safe yourself 
  • Understand the impact of trauma on the body and utilise somatic skills
  • Navigate suicidal risk

60-hour integrative, experiential training based on the 3-phase trauma model

Inspiring, engaging and thought proking”

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Course Overview

Day 1 ~ The Phase Trauma Model

A hands-on training where you will learn the basics of working safely with trauma, which includes trauma-informed tenets, the 3-phase trauma model, post-trauma symptoms and survival strategies of fight, flight, freeze, disconnect and flop.

We will also cover the 3 basic principles behind polyvagal theory, the impact on the nervous system and brain, and how to safely complete therapeutic assessments.

Day 2 ~ Safety Techniques

This experiential day will build on the first day, covering the concept of hyper-arousal, hypo-arousal and dissociation in more depth.

It will give you a chance to practice with safety techniques to help manage or reduce trauma symptoms, such as the use of an anchor, window of tolerance, tapping, grounding, dual awareness, and the flashback halting protocol.

We will also look at the concept of moral injury and how it relates to client work.

Day 3 ~ Creative Ways of Working with Trauma

An experiential training where we will apply basic principles of contextual therapy when using Playmobil figures. Each figure can represent a part of the self or a part of the system.

Externalising internal material gives clients a chance to process difficult experiences, as it creates slightly more distance.

You will have a chance to practice with other creative materials and we will explore how you can utilise creativity in Group Therapy.

Day 4 ~ Vicarious Trauma

Working with trauma puts every professional at risk of vicarious trauma.

This training provides education about burn-out, compassion fatigue, secondary traumatic stress and burn-out whilst relating it to your own current well-being and safety as you work with traumatised clients.

We will look at certain keys to emotional safety and actively practice with regulation skills you can employ when working with trauma.

Day 5 ~ Complex Trauma

Many clients have experienced complex trauma such as domestic and sexual abuse. Safety may feel non-existent. Clients may be unsure of how to move forward physically, sexually and emotionally.

We will work together to discover some of the taboos connected to complex trauma (including trauma bonds), as well as society’s views and blame towards victims/ survivors.

You will have an opportunity to explore your own attachment styles.

Day 6 ~ Trauma & Suicide

Trauma and suicidal risk often go together, as trauma hits us in our core and can uproot our very existence.

We will explore myths and facts around suicide, your own views, and determine risk factors and protective factors.

There is an opportunity to safely practice 3 different steps we can use in a session to navigate suicidal risk, whilst managing survival states, as a “live client” (an actress) will be present.

Day 7 ~ Somatic Ways of Working

The body plays a big part in trauma, as trauma lives “in” the body. The body remembers what it has been through and, therefore often experiences a wide variety of complaints, such as panic attacks or headaches.

We will practice several somatic skills (such as tracking) and discover our own ‘bodily signature’.

We will experiment with different ways of using our own bodies.

Day 8 ~ RaM, Exploitation & Trafficking.

Refugees, asylum seekers, migrants, and victims of exploitation and trafficking have often experienced complex trauma. But they also may deal with additional complexities, such as age assessments, the asylum process and working with interpreters.

We will explore these difficulties through a therapeutic lens. Through the use of a live “interpreter” there will also be an opportunity to practice some of the techniques and guidelines when working in a triad.

Day 9 ~ Therapeutic Processing & Integration

When clients experience sufficient safety and regulation (Phase 1), they may want to process (Phase 2) and integrate (Phase 3) some of their traumatic experiences.

You will gain knowledge about Trauma-Focused CBT and practice accompanying skills, which can aid clients in this process.

We will address and integrate related topics of negative thoughts, shame, guilt and self-blame.

Day 10 ~ Post Traumatic Growth

Post-traumatic growth occurs for some clients, as they may ‘transcend’ the horrors they have experienced.

This does not take anything away from the trauma, but it does have the ability to change a sense of meaning.

We will look at the neurobiology, as well as the self-actualising tendency, whilst discovering the role of the professional, which includes embracing emotional expression and deliberate rumination.

Practical Information

Each training day can be booked separately as CPD. You will receive a certificate of Attendance after each day.

If you would like to complete the Foundation Diploma, the following will also be required:

  • Reflective journals after each training day with Q&A
  • Case study after the 10th training day (2000-3000 words) where you will demonstrate how you have met the learning outcomes.

Upon successful completion of the above assignments, you will receive the Foundation Diploma – Therapeutic Safety in Trauma.


Individual CPD day:  £119.50

Cost when booking the full Foundation Diploma: £1195 £1095 

Interest-free payment plans are available upon request.

Contact Details

Maaike Beech


Phone: 075757 08865

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