Trauma Stress Management for Practitioners Course

Outline Syllabus

The course aims

The course is designed to provide delegates with the necessary knowledge and skills to understand the nature of traumatic stress, and decide when and if, they should intervene following a traumatic incident. Delegates will understand the nature and process of traumatic risk assessment, which could identify risk factors and behavioural changes.

Who should attend

It is best practice to train a spread of personnel from within an organisation, ideally from different peer groups. This will ensure that a flexible response can be delivered to all at the appropriate level.

Learner prerequisites

The organisation should have carried out ‘practitioner profiling’, to identify likely candidates to attend.


Two day (including assessments – formal written and ongoing risk assessment practicals).

Your learning objectives

On successful completion of the course, you should make sure delegates:

  • Explain the history of Trauma Stress Management (TSM).
  • Explain the legal reasons why traumatic events need to be addressed.
  • Identify and understand the roles and responsibilities of a TSM Practitioner.
  • Identify the critical aspects of a traumatic event.
  • Identify the key TSM management strategies and supporting processes.
  • Identify the effects experienced in relation to the proximity and aftermath of a traumatic incident.
  • Identify the indicators which exist that show a TSM risk assessment may be required.
  • Demonstrate how to carry out a 3-day, 1-month TSM risk assessment using the ‘before’, ‘during’ and after (BDA) model.
  • Apply the theory, principle and practical applications of the TSM risk assessment model.
  • Identify the signs and behavioural changes that may require a referral for medical or specialist psychological treatment.
  • Identify and understand how to support other practitioners or TSM managers in carrying out post-incident TSM group risk assessments.
  • Explain the main characteristics of trauma stress in relation to the TSM practitioner.

Course Assessments must consist of:

  • An 18 question assessment which has a maximum score of 50. Delegates are required to achieve a pass mark of 40 which is 80%.
  • Three practical risk assessments will be conducted by delegates on the given scenarios in the workbook. These will be monitored and assessed by course instructors and form further documentary evidence of the assessment process.

IOSH_4COL_POSOverall, delegates must achieve the stated score in the written assessment, and satisfy the trainer that the risk assessments have achieved their aim. De-briefing on completion of each assessment will allow the instructor to assess the level of competency.

Completion of this course does not certify competence or confer exemption from professional examinations that lead to corporate membership of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).