Recognising Trauma and how to support someone 

Hear the word 'trauma' and I’m sure most of us imagine horrific scenes of natural disasters and war zones around the world.

In many ways that's understandable, as it was in the context of war that we first started talking about “Shell Shock”, “War Neurosis”, “Combat Stress” and most recently "Post Traumatic Stress Disorder".

But trauma comes in many forms, and it is not only emergency service workers and soldiers who might experience it.


In fact, it’s far more common than you might imagine, with 1 in 3 people in the UK experiencing a traumatic event in their lifetime.

In this short programme we are going to introduce you to the different types of trauma and some of the more common signs and symptoms, which may vary from person to person.

We will also explore how best to respond to and support someone you think may be experiencing trauma.


Our team of mental health specialists have come together to provide you with evidence based guidance in this online awareness course. We've developed this course to be just as engaging and interactive as our face to face programmes.

Here’s what you get...

Access the full online course straight away, so you can move at your own pace. It's modular, so drop in and out anytime, and pick right back up where you left off.

Gain understanding

Our specialist team share real world practical tips on how to support someone who may have experienced trauma in their lives.  

Learn 'best practice' 

You will learn what to look out for and what to do, using tried and tested approaches to prevent further distress and get support. 

Engaging Content

None of the usual 'read text and click next'. Our course are designed to be interactive keeping you engaged in learning.

What’s in our Trauma Awareness Course?

Unit 1: A real world scenario

In this opening chapter, we meet Alice. After a sudden loud noise at work, Alice is extremely distressed and you must step in to ensure she feels protected and safe.  

Unit 2: Types of trauma

In this chapter you will learn about the four main categories of trauma, and learn more about the impact of trauma on different age and gender groups.  

Unit 3: Signs and symptoms

Trauma can affect people in different ways. In this session we look at the physical, psychological and behavioural  signs and symptoms of trauma.

Unit 4: Trauma and Vicarious Trauma

In this chapter we look at the impact of PTSD and how the body responds to stressful events we experience directly, or even indirectly. 

Unit 5: Responding to someone experiencing trauma

In our final chapter we revisit Alice, to apply what we've learned and better support her. 

About The Trainer:
Terry Streather

Terry is Director and Head of Training at Oakwood. He believes that mental health and wellbeing should be proactive, rather than reactive. With over 12 years teaching experience in these areas, he advises organisations in the development of appropriate risk assessment and policy.

How much does it cost?

For Me

£49.00 £29.00

For your Company

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Let us know how many people you need the course for so we can suggest the most cost effective solution. 

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Remember, we can alter any content to suit your specific needs to ensure you get the most out of your training. If, for whatever reason, you are unhappy with the course, we will give you a full refund. 

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