Trauma, Self-Care and Caring for Others

Trauma, self-care and caring for others (DAA005)

Understand how to create a supportive, ‘trauma-informed’ workplace

This course is also available as part of a cost-saving course bundle.

This five-hour online course provides an accessible introduction to trauma in the context of the workplace. You will learn how and why traumatic responses are generated in the brain and body, and how different responses to trauma may look and feel, in order to promote greater understanding and foster a more supportive and protective working environment.

By the end of the course, you will be better equipped to notice when someone may be suffering from the impact of emotional or psychological trauma, and able to create a more ‘trauma-informed’ workplace.

This interactive course is available to start at any time and part of our Working towards wellbeing series, developed in collaboration with organisational consultants in the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust to promote mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.

Drawing on the key principles of systems-psychodynamic thinking, each mini course delivers rich and in-depth learning experiences, with a clear, practical focus on the most pressing challenges and development needs facing organisations today.

Aims and learning objectives

This online course will allow you to:

  • learn what trauma is, and how it can affect individuals – covering potential risk factors and predisposition to trauma, what happens to the brain and body when trauma is experienced, and why people may respond differently to the same event
  • examine some responses to trauma, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – its prevalence, how it can look and feel, and how it might affect working relationships
  • explore how to respond sensitively to signs of exposure to traumatic events or ‘vicarious trauma’ in yourself and in others – including recognising coping strategies
  • consider practical ways to support wellbeing and reduce the impact of trauma within a ‘trauma-informed’ workplace – especially the context of the Covid-19 pandemic

You will learn by:

  • exploring key concepts through interactive lecture content and videos
  • deepening your understanding via regular opportunities for reflection
  • relating key theories to real life through an expert video discussion
  • recording your progress against clear learning objectives

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for you if you are interested in the impact of trauma in the workplace and in developing a trauma-informed workplace.

You may have management responsibilities, a role in human resources or organisational development, or a particular focus on mental health and wellbeing – or you may just be interested in learning more about this area.

Course details

This interactive course runs continuously, so you can sign up at any time. It offers five hours of self-directed online learning which you can undertake at a time, pace and location that suits you.

You will have access to the course and its materials for one year. Access begins the day after you’ve booked, when you will receive your account details by email.

This mini course is also available as part of the Working towards wellbeing course bundle, a convenient option that offers one year’s access to four complementary courses.

Please note that this course was created during the COVID-19 pandemic. The theory and guidance are still relevant and applicable, providing examples of ways in which professionals can be creative when dealing with trauma, self-care and being caring towards others in times of adversity and uncertainty.

This course will cover the following areas:

  • what is trauma?
  • types of trauma
  • risk factors or predisposition to trauma
  • PTSD – prevalence and symptoms
  • the science of trauma – the brain and body
  • the long-term impact of trauma
  • when is a coping strategy a symptom?
  • dealing with loss
  • trauma and relationships
  • trauma in the workplace
  • trauma-informed workplace, including racial trauma
  • negative social factors
  • restorative and reparative social factors

There are no specific requirements for the course; it is open to all and assumes no prior knowledge of the area.

There’s a knowledge self-assessment check at the end of the course, which provides access to your Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust CPD certificate upon completion.


“Invaluable knowledge for all sectors, management, teams, individuals.”
“This is a very well presented course that examines a good range of trauma related topics. I would highly recommend it.”

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Our Digital Academy mini courses run continuously so you can join at any time. Access begins the day after you’ve booked, when you will receive your login details by email.

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This course is also available as part of a convenient, cost-saving bundle – providing you with one year’s access to four complementary online resources.

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