diploma in creative trauma
diploma in creative trauma

Diploma in Working Creatively with Trauma Therapy™

This trauma therapy course builds on the theoretical models and practical skills  taught on the Certificate . The key focus in the Diploma is on exploring the meaning of trauma in our lives. Jill Carter will therefore guide a small group using sandplay, art, breath, music, movement and poetry. On the Certificate course, you will have learnt effective, evidence-based expressive arts techniques to support people who have experienced trauma. During this Diploma course, we will extend those skills to take a broader overview.  The group will  use creativity in order to examine the role that trauma has played in our own lives, our clients’ lives and in society as a whole.


Through this gentle self-exploration through creativity, we will build a connection to what Winnicott called our True Self. Being at peace with our own traumatic experiences protects us from vicarious or secondary trauma. It also models to our clients that it is possible to live a healthy and boundaried life.

Expressive arts is certainly an effective type of therapy for working with people with a history of relational or complex trauma. Creative exploration can also be integrated into talking therapy and the NICE-recognised trauma therapy treatments for PTSD in the NHS. For example, this includes EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), trauma-focussed CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques). On this course, you will also learn ways of integrating creativity into your day-to-day working life helping clients process traumatic events.


The focus in this Diploma level training course will be on creating a safe, independent space. This also allows us as health professionals to discuss how to use supervision, self-care and meditative practices in order to protect ourselves from burn out or vicarious psychological trauma.

music and sound in trauma therapy
What we need in order to heal is already within us


We will show how sandplay, art and other creative arts can help us to gently peel back the layers of damage done by this world. The spiritual view of trauma is that this allows us to re-connect to a whole and perfect Self. We can then see the symptoms of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) as the body’s attempt to heal itself. As a result, we are able to view dissociation, flashbacks and recurring traumatic memories as a sign of mental health not mental illness. Encouraging our clients to explore and be curious about their inner worlds is an empowering way of treating PTSD, designed to complement talking therapies, existing trauma protocols and medication for PTSD.


Compassion creates more holistic trauma treatments


We will also take a reflective, creative look at the role of memory and identity within ourselves, our families, our trans-generational heritage and in society more generally. The course will include the work of Carl Jung and the transpersonal writers AlmaasWashburn and Wilber in order to look at trauma therapy from different spiritual perspectives, including Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism and Sufism. It will also draw on art therapy research and Jill’s ongoing creative work with the families of Holocaust survivors.


The Diploma will be open to you as a health professional after you have completed the Certificate course. The cost will be £1680 if paid in full before the course starts. After that, it will be  £1750 paid in instalments. There will also be monthly payment plans by arrangement. As before, a £250 non-refundable deposit from the course fees is required to book a place. We will have dates for this course in Autumn 2019. It will start in spring 2020.


Diploma in Working Creatively with Trauma Therapy™ in five weekend modules over one year. Will be launched in early 2020 – booking opens September 2019.


10-5pm all days


The cost is £1800 if paid upfront or £2000 payable in instalments. From this amount, a non-refundable deposit of £250 is needed at the time of booking.


This course needs 6 people in order to go ahead on planned date. If less than that, we can offer other dates, other courses or a full refund.


On Route Health, 44-46 South Ealing Road, Ealing, London W5 4QA

2 mins from South Ealing tube – very close to Heathrow Airport and 30 minutes from central London.

There is a vegan restaurant on site and good coffees and home made cake.

diploma trauma meditation

This course is for you if:

  • You work as a counsellor, psychotherapist, clinical psychologist, play therapist, wellbeing or mental health practitioner.
  • You are a professional, student or volunteer in an educational /mental health setting, e.g. school, nursery, SEN or CAMHS.
  • Adding creative trauma work skills appeals to you.

Find out which level of our Working Creatively with Trauma™ Training Modules is the right for you:


Check this general overview of our Working Creatively with Trauma Training UK Courses.

Benefits of this course:

  • This course is a good way of looking after yourself, in fact many students come for that reason. Moreover, you can also use it for continuing hours of education or Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours.
  • You need to have completed the Certificate first. To get the Diploma, you need to do an additional 50 hours with a client that include creative arts.
  • You will gain a Diploma in Working Creatively with Trauma on completion of the taught hours, client and supervision hours, as well as having been assessed by your supervisor and teacher.
  • There is no written work on this course, although a small amount of reading and meditative practice is set throughout the training.
  • In addition, students are encouraged to present client material in group sessions during the weekends.
  • We work to BACP standards and can help you to find a suitably qualified supervisor.


Jill Carter has been teaching and supervising arts and sandplay therapy for 15 years. She is a Child, Adolescent Family & Adult UKCP and BACP Psychotherapist and Registered Training Supervisor. She is also an EMDR Therapist. Jill has already taught hundreds of creative arts and sandplay therapy students.

Jill Carter


The cost is £1800 if paid upfront or £2000 payable in instalments. From this amount, a non-refundable deposit of £250 is needed at the time of booking. Booking opens September 2019.

Get in touch!

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If you have any questions or would like to book this course, the best way to get in touch is to email Jill on jill@jillcarter.co.uk or call on 07932694779

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The course will give you:

  • All courses are certified and can be used for BACP/UKCP Continuing Personal Development
  • The Certificate will give you all the skills you need to confidently use creativity in trauma therapy
  • And this Diploma will give you an awareness of the role of trauma in the lives of children, adults, families and societies.

Weekend content (subject to change):

  • Weekend One: The Role of Trauma A traumatic event is unplanned, unwanted and out of our control. So, can we alter our view of trauma – as an individual, a practitioner or in society – to build a better relationship with our wounds and to create meaning from them? The work of Viktor Frankl and Gabor Mate. Reading and supervisors lists.
  • Weekend Two: What’s Not Mine IS Mine How we hold the unconscious patterns and beliefs of our parents, grandparents and ancestors. Based on Jill’s ongoing art research with the families of Holocaust survivors. You will also use family sculpting and psychodrama to explore ways of helping clients release embodied traumas.
  • Weekend Three:  Worth, self-worth and blame. One of the most damaging  legacies of trauma is shame. That somehow we deserved what happened to us or that we have been found lacking by the Universe. In sandplay, you will explore some of the spiritual views of trauma, including from the Buddhist, Jewish, Christian, Hindu and Islamic worlds. You will also learn simple techniques to explore belief with clients.
  • Weekend Four:  Memory and Identity How we can tune into the body’s natural ‘storage systems’ through our bodies using sound therapy and breath. Specifically, using the polyvagal work of Stephen Porges. Also, the neuroscience and somatic evidence research base behind yoga and other expressive body therapies.
  • Weekend Five: Trauma and the Therapist How to use your sense of self to begin  to integrate and to embody the theories and experiential work on the course. Also, tips on taking this more compassionate, holistic view of trauma treatment into a clinical or talking therapy environment. Bodywork and mindfulness exercises to support ourselves afterwards.

Support and Community:

  • Closed online groups, webinars, podcasts and videos.
  • Group supervision days in Colchester and Ealing

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Get in touch!

about jill carter
If you have any questions or would like to book this course, the best way to get in touch is to email Jill on jill@jillcarter.co.uk or call on 07932694779

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Sign up to get latest updates and find out when booking opens. The courses are small and limited and sell out fast, so don’t miss out!

I was impressed and inspired by Jill’s professionalism, her excellent handouts, her encyclopedic knowledge but most of all the personal qualities that she brings, such generosity of spirit and warmth of heart. The pace is gentle yet firm, her holding of the space exceptional and after experiencing Psychotherapy training in other institutions I would rate Jill’s approach as masterful and highly competent. The handouts are eloquent and erudite, the symbol collection second to none and the opportunity to learn experiential as well as via lectures deeply effective and in my case, life changing.