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Relationship between trauma and PTSD

Most traumatic stressors people experience do not result in PTSD or other psychopathology. In fact, while most people will report at least one traumatic event in their lifetime, PTSD rates …

Psychological Support Following ICU Admission

Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Dr John Sharp, highlights that psychological care is an important part of a patient’s rehabilitation following an intense medical intervention. He highlights that up to a quarter …

Definition and history of PTSD

This animation presents a short history of PTSD as a distinct clinical entity. There are various definitions of PTSD available. For the purposes of this course, the definition presented in …

Understanding trauma

The image illustrates several potential sources of life adversity and trauma including socioeconomic deprivation, parental mental illness, abuse and neglect, child labour, community violence, and catastrophic life events Traumatic stress …

What is trauma?

Trauma is used to describe an individual’s reactions to an event which overwhelms their capacity to cope. These events can cause or threaten to cause severe injury or death. It …

Key points 

Congratulations on completing the final week of this online course! This week, we considered the range of evidence-based approaches for the treatment and prevention of PTSD in different contexts. The …

Community-based interventions

It is important to consider community-based interventions for those exposed to trauma. Some of the essential ingredients of such interventions are highlighted in the illustrative diagram above (López-Zerón & Parra-Cardona, …

Psychological first aid 

In this video, Dr Dawn Harris talks about the mental health response to the Sierra Leone mudslide. She highlights how Psychological First Aid was used effectively by mental health nurses …

Debriefing and screening for PTSD

Psychological debriefing is a type of psychological intervention that was introduced to try and reduce the psychological morbidity associated with experiencing traumatic events. It aimed to reduce both the acute …

Prescribing across the life-span

Children and Adults Pharmacological treatments are not usually recommended for children and young people under the age of 18 (NICE, 2018). Generally, psychological treatment is the mainstay of treatment for …

Self-care activity 

In this final week, we again encourage you to take care of your psychological health. The Blurt it Out and Take 5 to Save Lives sites are ideal resources to …

Pharmacological treatment of PTSD 

Below is a summary of possible pharmacological treatments that may be considered in the management of PTSD. Anti-Depressants Anti-depressants are one of the most commonly prescribed medications to treat PTSD. …

Tailoring interventions to refugees

Global trends in forced displacement The world is facing unprecedented rates of forced displacement. Data from 2019 indicate that forced displacement now affects up to 1% of the global population, …

Narrative Exposure Therapy: A Case Study

In week 1 Dr John Sharp described a patient he had worked with who had experienced a horrendous assault which had resulted in him struggling to cope with day-to-day life. …

Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET)

A cartoon doctor and patient. The patient is thinking of a timeline, beginning with ‘birth’ and ending with ‘present moment’. Between these two are various entries marked as either events …
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