Mental Health and the Body: Treating Trauma Online Training


Do you work with survivors of trauma? Do you want to find every possible way to help them recover?
  • We need sleep – a certain amount of it, and a certain type of it – to recover from trauma: for our brain to process traumatic memories.
  • Our ability to manage our emotions is hugely impacted not just by how much sleep we get, but WHEN we sleep, and the regularity of our circadian rhythms.
  • What we eat has a surprisingly powerful effect on our mental health, and our ability to cope with trauma: a Chinese takeaway may actually make us more susceptible to flashbacks.
  • Some medications prescribed to trauma survivors may in fact be blocking the recovery process, especially antidepressants and sleeping tablets.
This online course digs into all of these topics and looks at how we can reduce the symptoms of trauma through relatively simple lifestyle interventions.

Concessions are available here (not available on sale items).

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We know that trauma profoundly affects our body. In ‘Trauma and the Body: Somatisation and Dissociation’ we looked at how trauma greatly increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and some autoimmune disorders. We looked at body memories and how our experience of pain is influenced by our psychological state.

But what about the flip side of all of that? How does the state of our body influence our mind and emotions? That’s what I look at in this course. I delve into some cutting-edge research and thinking about how our mental health – things like our mood, our emotions, even our compulsions – are at least in part driven by our physiology. We look at how the bacteria in our gut may influence our mental state; how depression and anxiety may be generated by inflammation and our immune system; how our hormones impact how we feel and act; and how even what time we get up on a morning can set the course of our emotions throughout the day. We look at how sleep – a certain amount of it, and a certain type of it – is essential for recovery from trauma, and how and why trauma leads to parasomnias such as nightmares and sleepwalking. And lots more!

We all know instinctively that our bodies influence our brains, and our brains influence our bodies, but we don’t always know why. That’s what is unpacked in this course, to see if, in our fight against trauma, there are other tools and strategies that we can use, on top of our standard talking therapies approaches. This course is rooted in a combination of the latest research alongside my own journey: from years battling chronic fatigue syndrome and DID to vastly improved health, both physically and mentally. At the end of this course, my goal is that we’ll all have a much clearer idea of what we can do to help both ourselves and our clients be in the best shape possible, both mentally and physically, so that recovery from trauma isn’t just a pipe-dream, but a solid plan.

The speaker is Carolyn Spring.

What you get:

  • 6 hours of CPD with certificate upon completion
  • Lifetime access (return to the course again and again)
  • Start/stop and replay as often as you like
  • Easy to use: only requires a web browser
  • Downloadable resources and further reading for a comprehensive learning experience

All online courses are priced individually and offer a single-user licence only. Information about group bookings and discounts for organisations is available here.