Understanding And Recovering From Childhood Trauma – Free Course



Introduction to course :

Understanding clearly how many of our psychological problems can be traced back our childhood experiences puts us in a much stronger position to deal with them. Trying to overcome such problems without this understanding is rather like trying to fight a powerful enemy with one hand tied behind our back.

This course has been designed by David Hosier BSc Hons; MSc; PGDE(FAHE). He was educated at the University of London (Goldsmith’s College) in the UK and holds two degrees (both in psychology) and a post graduate diploma in education (specializing in psychology and qualifying him to teach at university level in the UK).

He has had several years experience as a researcher, teacher and lecturer.He is also a survivor of severe childhood trauma.

Childhood trauma can have a seriously negative effect on how we think, feel and behave as adults. This course helps in the understanding of how this happens and what we can do to recover. It comprises thirty lessons.

At the end of each unit, there are exercises to complete which are designed to aid the recovery process.

Lessons will take an average of an hour each, although this may vary.

Below is a list of all thirty lessons:

Lesson one -What is childhood trauma?

Lesson two – What kinds of problems does childhood trauma cause? Part 1.

Lesson three – What kinds of problems does childhood trauma cause? Part 2.

Lesson four – Signs of a dysfunctional family

Lesson five – How the child’s view of their own ‘badness’ is perpetuated.

Lesson six – Factors influencing the severity of the effects of childhood trauma

Lesson seven – Childhood trauma, depression and learned helplessness

Lesson eight – The vicious cycle of adult problems stemming from childhood trauma

Lesson nine – Childhood trauma, stress and their negative effects upon the vulnerable, physically developing brain

Lesson ten – Reactions to trauma according to age

Lesson eleven – Anger resulting from childhood trauma. Part one.

Lesson twelve – Anger resulting from childhood trauma. Part two

Lesson thirteen – Childhood trauma and the development of hypersexuality in later life

Lesson fourteen – Childhood trauma leading to self-hatred and intense self-criticism

Lesson fifteen – How to cope with painful memories

Lesson sixteen – How to overcome feelings of guilt linked to childhood trauma

Lesson seventeen – Identity problems stemming from childhood trauma and how to tackle them

Lesson eighteen – How to overcome relationship problems linked to the experience of childhood trauma

Lesson nineteen – Cognitive-behavioural therapy : challenging our negative thoughts

Lesson twenty – Cognitive-behavioural therapy for anxiety

Lesson twenty-one – How to build resilience

Lesson twenty-two – Childhood trauma : steps to recovery

Lesson twenty-three – How the brain can ‘rewire’ itself (neuroplasticity)

Lesson twenty-four – Aiding recovery through diet and life-style

Lesson twenty-five – Can the negative effects of childhood trauma ever be fully resolved?

Lesson twenty-six – The main elements of posttraumatic growth

Lesson twenty-seven – How posttraumatic growth relates to coping strategies

Lesson twenty-eight – Posttraumatic growth : how trauma can positively transform our lives

Lesson twenty-nine – Posttraumatic Growth: Reconstructing the story we tell ourselves about our lives

Lesson thirty – Posttraumatic Growth : Keeping remaining symptoms of trauma under control

The lessons are concise and accessible. No academic knowledge of psychology is necessary.


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About David Hosier BSc Hons; MSc; PGDE(FAHE)

Psychologist, researcher and educationalist.

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