Mental Health Beyond Diagnosis - A trauma informed approach


This training day begins with an overview of the historical development of the concept of Mental Health in the UK. It examines how Psychiatric Diagnosis has developed since the 1950’s into becoming the dominant model of how we understand and ‘treat’ emotional and relational distress. It looks at common diagnoses what these mean and how best to respond. It concluded with a psycho-social approach to emotional, relational and social distress and difficulty experienced by those with experience of complex trauma and ACE’s.

Teaching Methods

Course material provided will be delivered via description and dialogue by the facilitator supported by power point slides. There is a strong emphasis on practice skills and development and group participation is encouraged throughout and essential to participant learning. This will include video clips, group and small group exercises and examples from and for practice development.

Length of Course

This is a one day training course lasting four to six hours depending on organisational and attendee needs and requirements.


Any appropriately sized room with a projector, screen and flip chart

Group Size

Minimum group size 6. Can be taught to up to 30 at one time. Can be offered as a conference presentation for larger groups.

Who will benefit/target audience

This training day is really interesting and helpful to anyone working with any population who is likely to have experienced complex trauma and Aces. No previous knowledge of mental health or trauma is expected and the course will be offered at the level which fits with course participants.

Main benefits

To understand that our current approach to emotional, social and relational distress are socially constructed and the history and present use of medical model approaches including diagnoses. To learn about some best practice approaches to mental and emotional distress of those who have experienced complex trauma and ACE’s


The power point presentation will be made available after the training

A list of readings and resources will be provided at the end of the power point

Other Related or Connected Courses

Neurodevelopment and Trauma Series


Lead Associate/Associate Skills, Knowledge

MA and Doctoral level professionally qualified practitioners with a wide variety of skills as trainers, lecturers and educators. They offer extensive theory to practice knowledge and experience of attachment theory and include psychotherapists, consultant nurses and social workers, psychologists and related health professionals.

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