working creatively with trauma
working creatively with trauma

Creative Trauma UK: Working Creatively with Trauma™ courses

Our Creative Trauma UK: Working Creatively with Trauma™ courses are the only Trauma Trainings in the UK  to explore evidence-based models of trauma therapy using sandplay and expressive arts. In addition, we draw on neuroscience, somatic bodywork and systemic thinking. We will also help you develop awareness of Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, EFT and EMDR.

In particular, our creative trauma courses use our extensive experience of treating trauma via creative arts therapies for 20 years. You will as a result understand trauma treatments through an expressive lens. Specifically, we will help you understand post-traumatic stress disorder and complex relational trauma via creativity.

Jill Carter presented the research behind the development of these unique Creative Trauma UK courses to a BACP Making Connections conference in Bournemouth, February 2020.

Why use Creative Trauma UK Therapy in your work?

Gain practical skills training to help you work confidently with children, young people and adults

Our creative trauma UK training courses are continually updated to reflect the challenges of the world environment: the COVID Pandemic, stresses on families and war in Europe.

The courses work with trauma-informed sandplay®, art, meditation, music and movement. So, you can help your clients to express the emotions, memories and post-traumatic experiences that our bodies hold onto until it is ‘safe’.

As a consequence, you can use sandplay, art, music, meditation and movement as evidence-based ways of working with trauma recovery in mental health environments, as well as therapeutic work with traumatised children, young people and adults.

In addition, using creative play is a good way of looking after yourself as a mental health practitioner. Equally, trauma-informed practice is a nourishing tool in supervision.

So, you will learn research-based ways of supporting your own personal and professional process.

  • The Introduction is a good place to start if you are new to trauma therapy or want to see if you like our way of working.
  • You can follow this by gaining the Certificate in Working Creatively with Trauma(TM)
  • Then, practitioners who want to go deeper can join the Diploma in Working Creatively with Trauma(TM)

Our teaching is online at the moment. We will soon be offering both online and face-to-face courses

Our Creative Trauma UK training courses are suitable for:

  • Counsellors and psychotherapists looking for creative and accessible ways of working with traumatic events and PTSD
  • Professionals working in the trauma field such as clinical psychologists and trauma- focussed CBT practitioners interested in using play in their work around complex trauma
  • Education and mental health professionals interested in trauma-informed skills and understanding post traumatic stress disorder

Why do these sandplay courses and creative trauma UK trainings with us?

Our courses are designed to fit around your life, including family commitments:

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  • The Creative Trauma UK courses are designed and written by Jill Carter who developed the concept of trauma-informed sandplay®
  • Our courses are designed to fit around your life, including family commitments
  • All are taught in a clear, supportive and helpful way
  • All our groups are small, friendly and interactive – from 6 to 10 people
  • Experience teaching that integrates person-centred Gestalt, object relations’, Jungian and transpersonal trauma models
  • This mixture of theory and experiential work provides practical evidence-based skills trauma training in the UK
  • The training courses include both self and group process
  • All teachers and supervisors are experts in their fields
  • All courses can be used for BACP and UKCP Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • We adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework (2018) as well as the latest guidelines on Coronavirus/running a course online
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Our tutors:

  • Jill Carter, Lindsey Toogood, Tina Hesse and Laura McGuinness have been teaching arts therapy training and sand therapy courses for many years.

We also draw on our work as:

  • Child, adolescent, family and adult psychotherapists (Jill + Laura)
  • Play therapists and counsellors (Lindsey)
  • Managers in mental health (Tina)
  • EMDR therapists (Jill + Lindsey)

Expert, friendly, supportive training

“Jill has put together a superb course, filled each weekend with excellent focus on a particular field of trauma focused theory with many practical expressive arts activities woven through each day. Guest speakers are also a regular feature, offering a very lovely mix of new things to try.

The small sizes of the groups means that there is time to develop rapport and give each other considered feedback, and for discussions to develop. Doing the course online worked very well in fact as Jill and her team have the skillset to enable people to feel very connected”

Maggi who completed the Certificate in Working Creatively with Trauma 2022 

Creative Trauma UK Course Requirements

There is no written work. Instead, you are assessed in group or individual supervision.

Certificate and Diploma courses:

  • You will present a case study to the group during a teaching weekend.
  • Require 50 sessions each of client work. However, there is no deadline on completing these hours.
  • You must have a counselling qualification (or similar) to be awarded the full Certificate. Your supervisor and tutor will also assess you.

We work to BACP Ethical Framework (2018)

Please note, we recommend that you are in personal therapy and we may therefore be able to suggest an appropriate therapist.


We suggest you also read our Frequently Asked Questions.

We offer three levels of Creative Trauma UK training courses

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1. Trauma and Creativity: Introduction to Working Creatively with Trauma™

This weekend is suitable for anyone working in the counselling, education or mental health fields. Counselling and psychotherapy students are also welcome. All you need basically is an interest in trauma and creativity. The Introduction therefore gives you a taste of creative trauma and PTSD work.

The online courses take place from 10am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Next dates: 4th/5th November 2023

Fees: £300 payable on booking

Next dates: 24th/25th February 2024

Fees: £300 payable on booking

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2. Certificate in Working Creatively with Trauma™

The Certificate is created for registered counsellors, psychotherapists, play therapists, social workers and clinical psychologists working with clients. This is in fact the benchmark course in our trauma training UK courses.

Basically, completing the certificate takes about a year. So, the taught part is made up of 5 weekends and the timings are family friendly. You must also have a counselling qualification (or similar) to be awarded the Certficate.

How to book:
1. Complete the application form
2. Schedule a call to confirm your place
3. Pay your deposit and choose your payment plan

Next dates: starts 20th & 21st January 2024


A deposit of £350 will secure your place.

Then choose from one of the two payment options:

  • Pay in full, upfront (best value):Balance: £1350
    Total cost: £1700
  • Pay the balance in 10 instalments:Balance: 7 payments x £215 = £1505
    Total Cost: £1855

Best value fees are paid in full, upfront.

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3. Diploma in Working Creatively with Trauma™

The Diploma in Working Creatively with Trauma™ is the second year of training for students who have completed the Certificate in Working Creatively with Trauma training course. The Diploma course therefore uses practical creative skills to take a deeper look at the role of trauma or wounds in our own lives. Together with the wounds in our families, clients and in wider society.

The Diploma takes place over 5 weekends and builds on and expands the skills of the previous courses. Therefore, you must have a counselling qualification (or similar) to join.

How to book:
1. Complete the application form
2. Schedule a call to confirm your place
3. Pay your deposit and choose your payment plan

Next dates: contact us for next dates

Fees: £350 as deposit, payable on booking. From £1700  in total, with affordable monthly payment plans available

How to book your Creative Trauma UK Certificate or Diploma in Working Creatively with Trauma™

1. Fill in our online booking form
2. Schedule a call to confirm your place
3. Pay £350 deposit and choose your payment plan

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If you have any questions, the best way to get in touch is to email Lindsey on or call on 07311 389613

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