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Children's Mental Health & the Spectrum of Dissociation

Gain an understanding of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD), Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) and how these present in children and young people

About the Course

Course Overview

Join veteran Trauma Therapist, Kat Kohler, for her live online training, to gain an understanding of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD), Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) and how these present in children and young people. 

During this training, participants will learn safe practical strategies in the context of stabilisation, through interactive small group work and large group discussion.  Vignettes will underpin the teaching to help support learning and case conceptualisation.

Course Aims

  • To explore Trauma as a mental injury

  • To understand Trauma responses and body and brain processes. 

  • To understand Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD), Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)

  • To understand how PTSD/ CPTSD/ DID develop and present in children and young people

  • To utilise self-care when working with this population of clients

Each session has been designed to offer a balance of learning and practice with opportunities to explore case studies and group discussion.

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Course Structure

Live online training (via Zoom)**

This training is designed for therapists working with children and young people.  Delivered by Kat Kohler, this course takes place over 2 days, totalling 8 hours teaching:​

Part 1 : 6th July 2024, 1pm - 5.00 pm

The first workshop will offer an exploration of trauma, the symptomatic legacy, the history of trauma attitudes and treatment.  Consideration will be given to how trauma responses have been misunderstood with a particular focus on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD). 

Participants will explore how trauma responses differ between adults and children.  The notion that trauma is a mental injury will be discussed with an understanding of body and brain processes.  Exploration of normal processing of a traumatic event in a functional family and a dysfunctional family will be considered and how the latter can lead to symptoms of PTSD.

Part 2 : 20th July 2024, 1pm - 5.00 pm

This second workshop will explore how symptoms of PTSD/CPTSD/DID develop and how therapists might recognise a traumatised child. There will be a focus on the spectrum of dissociation; PTSD, CPTSD, DID.  There will be a brief introduction to Stockholm Syndrome, trauma bonds and fragmentation.

Attachment trauma without abuse and mild CPTSD will be considered.  In addition, participants will understand how DID may develop in children growing up in trauma. 

Self-care and the importance of this is not forgotten as you are gently guided though these two workshops.

CPD Points

Participants who attend both training days will receive a Certificate of Attendance for 8 hours. Individuals will need to refer back to their Membership Body to ascertain whether this qualifies for CPD points

** Please note, this training is live only and will not be recorded.

About Kat Kohler

Kat is a full-time trauma therapist working in private practice. She is a Senior Accredited Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and The National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society. In addition she is a member of the European Society for Trauma and Dissociation (ESTD) and a Qualified EMDR therapist.

She specialises working with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD) and Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). She provides short term interventions for single trauma (such as car accidents) and long term CPTSD/ DID therapy (such sexual violence, domestic violence and historical abuse).

Kat brings have over 25 years’ experience having worked with Rape Crisis, IAPT at MIND and  offering counselling and group facilitation with alcohol addiction as a lead practitioner in a Community Alcohol Team and in an Alcohol Rehab.


She has developed solution-focused, short-term interventions to help clients manage long-term effects of trauma, such as anxiety, depression, addiction, identity issues, bullying and an inability to manage emotions to develop healthier coping.

Kat has lived experience of DID with 25 years post Integration. DID didn’t officially exist when Kat was looking for help so they had to create their own therapy. They called it ‘Thrive Therapy’ because they wanted to thrive. This knowledge formed the core of her practice, as well as adopting and adopting the work of other models. She continues to specialise in working with Survivors or child abuse and DID having worked with many multiples to integration.

She believes therapy for trauma should not be trauma-invoking so maintains a relaxed atmosphere to calm the autonomic nervous system and her pets often contribute too. She has a good sense of humour and is not afraid to use it.


Cost: £140: The course fee includes 8 hours teaching over two x 4-hour sessions.

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