Posted on: 8 June 2022

CNWL’s Woodfield Trauma Service (WTS) are involved in delivering high-profile training webinars to therapists, encouraging best practice in treating refugees and asylum seekers with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). 

The Service was first invited by the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) to deliver a national training webinar called 'Adapting Trauma-Focused Therapy to Work with Refugees and Asylum Seekers with PTSD’ in response to the rise of refugees and evacuees from Ukraine and Afghanistan. Over 500 therapists across the country attended and offered the team a chance to disseminate good working practice for treating Refugees and Asylum Seekers with PTSD.

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The Service have also been asked by NHS England and NHS Improvement to provide a national webinar called 'Working with refugees and asylum seekers with PTSD’. The webinar will be streamed on 19 and 20 July and will be available for free to all Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services in the country. The team will suggest an evidence-based pathway therapist should follow and also share useful protocols, films and other clinical materials that they have developed in their service.

Millay Vann, Team Manager for the Woodfield Trauma Service said:

“Being asked to deliver such a high-profile webinar is a great honour and the WTS team look forward to encouraging evidence-based practice with this client group across the whole of England”.

Details of the two half-day workshops below.

  • 19 July from 9.30am to 1.00pm - ‘Getting ready to do therapy with refugees and asylum seekers with PTSD - what do you need to know, consider and do’ - Fran Brady and Millay Vann, Woodfield Trauma Service
  • 20 July from 9.30am to 1.00pm - ‘Adapting Cognitive Therapy for PTSD (Ehlers & Clark, 2000) to work with refugees and asylum seekers with PTSD’ - Kerry Young and Sameena Akbar, Woodfield Trauma Service

About Woodfield Trauma Service

The team have many years of experience of working with PTSD, Complex PTSD and refugees and asylum seekers. They have advised the government on treatment services for refugees and co-designed the national IAPT top-up training for working with PTSD, Complex PTSD and refugees and asylum. seekers