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III Course on Psychotraumatology of the Trauma Centre/CES-UC
Advanced Training Course - CES-Lisbon & CES-Coimbra

October, 28 2017 – October, 27 2018

In recent years, professionals from different areas have been expressing significant interest in the area of Psychotraumatology. In fact, natural disasters, road accidents, widespread situations of violence are present in the daily basis of modern societies, constituting potentially traumatic events and reinstating the concept of trauma at the heart of modern psychopathology.
It is, therefore, important to promote, in a context of interdisciplinary dialogue, knowledge about prevention and intervention in psychological trauma in situations of crisis, disaster or catastrophe.
In this sense, the Trauma Centre of the Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra, as a Member Society of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS), will begin the III Training Course in Psychotraumatology with access to the European Certificate of Psychotraumatology, validated by ESTSS.

1.Provide trainees with theoretical and practical knowledge in psychological trauma, particularly in post-crisis trauma, disaster or catastrophe.
2. Promote, in the area of psychological trauma, common terminologies and practices, based on scientific evidence.
3. Implement strategies for prevention, intervention, treatment in psychological trauma, in line with internationally recognized criteria.
4. To conciliate the training obtained with the curricular data necessary for the European Certificate in Psychotraumatology of the responsibility of the ESTSS.
5. Facilitate access and knowledge sharing with international intervention networks in Psychotraumatology.

Selection Criteria
Target Audience
• Professionals and students from different areas of Health and Social Sciences;
• Other professionals involved in potentially traumatic situations (elements of emergency teams, military personnel, first responders, rescuers, members of security forces, journalists, etc.).

Minimum Selection Requirements
• Higher Education, 1st Cycle of Bologna Program or equivalent.
• Bachelor's degree finalist students in the referred areas, adjacent or related to psychological trauma.

Course Structure and Certification
Course Structure
The III Training Course in Psychotraumatology will be overall composed by periodic modules (workshops), organized in 6 mandatory sessions and 9 optional sessions, held alternately in CES Lisbon and CES Coimbra.
This edition of the course will begin on October 28, 2017, and will take place at CES Lisbon.
The modules are punctuated with fixed credits and subject to mandatory evaluation.

Criteria for Certification
Participants of the Training Course in Psychotraumatology wishing to apply for the ESTSS European Certificate in Psychotraumatology are required to be an ESTSS member. Trauma Centre associates are, by default, ESTSS members.
Participants who are not yet Trauma Center associates must sign up by completing an online form available at the Trauma Center website or at the workshop(s)’ registration form.
To obtain the European Certificate in Psychotraumatology participants are required to attend the 6 mandatory modules, adding on the 4 optional modules necessary to attain the 100 credit points. Each module will have a mandatory assessment through a questionnaire of 10 multiple-choice questions. The questionnaire will be made available by the Trauma Center, which will communicate to the ESTSS the results obtained by each candidate. ESTSS is responsible for recording the accumulated credit and for assigning the Certificate.
The modules are periodic, with cumulative credit of 10 points.

Programme and Trainers

With exception to specific amendments deemed essential, the topics and the dates foreseen for the modules will be as follows:



1. Trauma: different views, same concept? - October 28 | CES Lisbon | 09H30-19H30

Contents - Different readings of the concept of psychological Trauma.

Trainers - António Sousa Ribeiro (Full Professor, Faculty of Arts and Humanities UC/CES), Bita Ghafoori (Clinical Psychologist, Lecturer at California State University -CSULB, Director of CSULB Long Beach Trauma Recovery Center and Fulbright Specialist), José Paz  (Psychologist, Psychotherapist, founding member of the Interdisciplinary Association for the Study of Mind), Luísa Sales (Psychiatrist, Coordinator of the Trauma Centre/CES), Paula Coutinho (Intensivist, Intensive Care Unit of the Centro Hospitalar e Universitário de Coimbra - CHUC, a  public healthcare complex including two General Hospitals, two Maternities, a Pediatric Hospital, and a Psychiatric Hospital).


2. Brain, memory and trauma: neurobiology of trauma - November 18 | CES Lisbon | 09H30-19H30

Contents - Neurological and endocrinological impacts of psychological trauma and the neurophysiological and immunological mechanisms that link health/illness and traumatic experience.

Trainers - Albino Oliveira-Maia (Neuropsychiatrist, Researcher and Director of the Neuropsychiatry Unit of the Champalimaud Clinical Centre), Margarida Figueiredo-Braga (Psychiatrist and Assistant Professor of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto), Raquel Soares (Full Professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto) and Sara Andrade (Institute of Research and Innovation in Health-UP, IPATIMUP).

3. Trauma: early intervention in crisis - December 16 | CES Lisbon | 09H30-19H30

Contents - Early intervention in crisis, disaster or catastrophe situations. Appropriate preventive and intervention strategies.

Trainers - Ana Araújo (Psychiatrist, Coordinator of Community Psychiatry of Leiria Norte), José Adriano Fernandes (Psychiatrist, Psychiatric Service Head) - TBC, Sónia Cunha (Psychologist, Centre for Psychological Support and Intervention in Crisis of the National Medical Emergency Institute - INEM) and Rui Ângelo (Psychologist, National Civil Protection Authority - ANPC).

4. Intervention in Crisis: Psychological First Aid - January 20 | CES Lisbon | 09H30-19H30

Contents - Theoretical and practical training on psychological first aid.

Trainers - Ana Isabel Cambraia (Clinical Psychologist, EMDR Therapist, Trainer for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation), Bruno Brito (Psychologist, Manager of the support network for relatives and friends of victims of homicide at APAV) and Susana Gouveia (Psychologist, Portuguese Red Cross).


5. Therapies in trauma: from general interventions to specific approaches (Part 1) - February 17 | CES Lisbon | 09H30-19H30

Contents - Cognitive-behavioural approaches. Virtual Realities. EMDR. Psychodrama. Psychopharmacological interventions.  Psychopharmacological treatment in traumatic stress.

Trainers - Adriano Vaz Serra (former Full Professor of Psychiatry at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Coimbra/President of the Portuguese Society for Psychiatry and Mental Health) - TBC, Fontes Ribeiro (Full Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Coimbra) – TBC, Guida Manuel (Psychologist, Polícia Judiciária Academy (criminal police academy), EMDR Therapist - EMDR Portugal Association), Luísa Sales (Psychiatrist, Coordinator Trauma Centre/CES) and Luíz Gamito (Psychiatrist at Júlio de Matos Hospital/President of Board of the College of Psychiatry of the Order of Physicians).

6. Therapies in trauma: from general interventions to specific approaches (Part 2) - March 17 | CES Lisbon | 09H30-19H30

Contents - Objectives and strategies in psychotherapeutic intervention in adult victims of violence. PTSD and organic pathologies/hospital experiences. Refugees and migrants: trauma vs. Resilience. Risk of Trauma and Militarized Forces. Victims of State violence.

Trainers - Ângela Maia (Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Psychology, School of Psychology, University of Minho) - TBC, Lúcia Monteiro (Director of the Psychiatry Unit of the Department of Support Care and Psychosocial Oncology of the Portuguese Oncology Institute of Lisbon) – TBC and Maria José Rebelo (Psychologist, Misioneras Siervas del Espíritu Santo). and another trainer to be confirmed.


7. Forensic Aspects of Trauma - April 14 | CES Coimbra | 09H30-19H30

Contents - Medical-legal expertise in psychological trauma and its implications for civil and criminal liability. The complexity of the evaluation of psychic damages following traumatic injuries. Civil and criminal law and the (ir)relevance of trauma. Induced memories / false memories.

Trainers - Fernando de Almeida (Forensic psychiatrist, guest lecturer at ICBAS, President of the General Assembly of the Portuguese Society of Psychiatry and Psychology of Justice), João Pedroso (Professor at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Coimbra and CES researcher), Marta Ávila (Lawyer, District Council of Coimbra of the Portuguese Bar Association) and another trainer to be confirmed.


8. Disaster management and intervention in communities at risk - May 12 |CES Lisbon | 09H30-19H30

Contents - Psychosocial care plans after disaster. Role of the various post-disaster actors in the short, medium and long-term. Scientific evidence of the effectiveness of critical incident management approaches.

Trainers - Manuel Velloso (Former Director of Planning and Operations Services of the National Civil Protection Service, President of the National Association of Enlisted for Sanitary Training - ANASF), among other trainers to be confirmed.


9.Trauma and media - June 6 | CES Lisbon | 09H30-19H30

Contents - The media as first responders. Signs and symptoms of trauma in journalists. Understanding the trauma experienced by news media. Understanding communication skills required for the treatment of communication professionals. Culture of trauma in terms of image.

Trainers - Diana Andringa (Journalist, Independent Documentarist, CES Researcher), other trainers to be confirmed.


10. Trauma of the Professionals: Personal Growth, Burnout and Secondary Trauma- July 14 | CES Coimbra | 09H30-19H30

Contents - recognition of symptoms in peers, reflection on technicians’ self-care, the limits of intervention and practices (mindfulness, training of cardiac coherence, among others).

Trainers - Margarida Figueiredo-Braga (Psychiatrist and Auxiliary Professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto), Rafaela Lopes (Psychologist, Team Leader, Psychosocial Support of the National Civil Protection Authority - ANPC), other trainers to be confirmed.


11. Trauma in Children and Adolescents - September 22 | CES Coimbra | 09H30-19H30

Contents - Interventions with children and adolescents in situations of vulnerability or after traumatic events.

Trainers - Aida Dias (Psychologist, PhD Candidate University of Utrecht, Netherlands and Associate Researcher at the Trauma Centre), Isabel Alberto (Professor at the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences of the University of Coimbra), João Veloso (Psychologist, ANAFS, Associate Researcher at the Trauma Centre) and Margarida Gaspar de Matos (Full Professor at the Faculty of Human Mobility - FMH-UL and Coordinator of Research Team “Populations’ Health” at CMDT/IHMT).


12. Transculturality of Trauma - September 29 | CES Coimbra | 09H30-19H30

Contents - Traumatic experiences in the light of different cultural approaches.

Trainers - Joana Sousa Ribeiro (Sociologist, CES Researcher), Manuel Quartilho (Psychiatrist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Faculty of Medicine of Coimbra), other trainers to be confirmed.


13. European networks for intervention in Trauma: the TENTS-TP network - 13 October | CES Lisbon | 09H30-19H30 | 20 points | (TBC).

14. Trauma, Loss and Mourning - October 20 | CES Coimbra | 09H30-19H30

Contents - Multiple interdisciplinary optics of trauma (victim and survivor). Complex trauma (identification, comorbidity, differential diagnoses in trauma, acute reactions). Support Associations.

Trainers - José Carlos Rocha (Psychologist, lecturer at CESPUS, Psychology Centre for Trauma and Mourning), other trainers to be confirmed.


15. Threats in Progress: Traumas Announced? - October 27 | CES Lisbon | 09H30-19H30

Contents - Unemployment. Crises of the financial system. Environmental Threats. Supremacy of artificial intelligence. Terrorism. State of exception.

Trainers – TBC