Understanding & Managing PTSD

If you are involved in or witness a traumatic event, it is common to experience upsetting, distressing or confusing feelings afterwards. The feelings of distress may not emerge straight away – you may just feel emotionally numb at first. After a while you may develop emotional and physical reactions, such as feeling easily upset or not being able to sleep.

“If your symptoms last, or are very extreme, you may be given a diagnosis of post- traumatic stress disorder.” (Mind)

This course looks at how trauma affects us and the way our bodies react (both physically and psychologically) to protect us. PTSD can be very distressing for the individuals experiencing it and their families and can impact on day-to-day life quite significantly. This course will help you to understand certain behaviours and find out what support is available.

By the end of the course, you will:

  • Understand that people interpret and react to events differently and that what is traumatic to one person may not be to another
  • Understand a bit about neurological pathways and the way our bodies react to trauma in order to protect ourselves
  • Know some of the symptoms of PTSD such as Hypervigilance, Avoidance/Numbness, Re-experiencing, and other mental health/substance misuse difficulties
  • Look at interventions for PTSD such as Trauma based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
  • Know what support and services are available.


Date:  6 July 2023

Times:  10am to 4pm

Venue:  Wigan Athletic Community Trust, Robin Park Indoor Sports Complex, Loire Drive, Wigan WN5 0UL


Date:  5 September 2023

Times:  10am to 4pm

Venue:  Room 3, The Curve, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Bury New Road, Prestwich, Manchester M25 3BL

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