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Trauma, Self-Care and Caring for Others

This course is also available as part a bundle.


Course overview

Part of the ‘Working Towards Wellbeing’ series, this five-hour, online course provides an accessible introduction to trauma in the context of the workplace. You’ll 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, particularly in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.


Course aims

This 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


How will you learn?

  • Explore key concepts through interactive lecture content and videos
  • Deepen your understanding via regular opportunities for reflection
  • Relate key theories to real life through an expert video discussion
  • Record your progress against clear learning objectives


Working Towards Wellbeing:

‘Trauma, Self-Care and Caring for Others’ is part of our ‘Working Towards Wellbeing’ suite, developed in collaboration with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust’s ‘Add | Wellbeing’ team 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.


Course topics

  • What is trauma?
  • Types of trauma
  • Risk factors or predisposition to trauma
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – 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

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for anyone 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.

Know someone who’d enjoy this course? Download a course flyer (PDF) to share with friends and colleagues.


Course requirements/assessment

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

Upon completion of the course, you can download a Tavistock and Portman Digital Academy course certificate to evidence your learning.


Course Timings

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

You will have access to the course and its materials for a total of four weeks. Access begins the day after you’ve registered and paid, when you will receive login details by email.


Course facilitators

Lydia Hartland-Rowe

Lydia Hartland-Rowe

Lydia Hartland-Rowe originally worked as a music therapist before training in psychoanalytic child psychotherapy at the Tavistock Centre. She has been combining expertise in organisational work, specialist mental health practice and teaching and training in different sectors for over 20 years, and is now the Workforce Wellbeing Lead at the Tavistock and Portman and the…

Book your place today

Our Mini Courses run continuously. You can book a place at any time using our secure 'MyTAP' booking system, and access begins the day after you’ve registered and paid, when you will receive login details by email.

...or try a course bundle

This course is also available as part of a convenient, cost-saving course bundle – providing you with 16 weeks of access to four related courses.



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

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