Teaching and Training

David provides teaching and training for professionals around the world who are working with traumatised children, young people and families. He offers training for professionals who are just learning about trauma and how it affects their clients, as well as for those who require highly specialised training. His CV is available here. If you would like further information, please contact him on mail@davidtrickey.com

It is possible to commission him to provide a two day workshop in Trauma-focused CBT for Children and Young People with PTSD.

Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Children and Young People with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (TF-CBT for CYP with PTSD)



At least a third of children and young people are exposed to potentially traumatic events, and a considerable proportion of those will develop Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Complex PTSD. PTSD and Complex PTSD can be highly distressing, debilitating and enduring. Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TF-CBT) has a strong evidence base supporting its use with children and young People with PTSD and is strongly recommended by the 2018 NICE PTSD guidelines as the first-line intervention.

Workshop Description

This two-day workshop describes in detail the cognitive model of PTSD on which TF-CBT is based. The model is then used to consider:

  1. How children, young people and their families react to traumatic events, including a particular focus on PTSD (both ICD-11 and DSM-5) and Complex PTSD

  2. How PTSD develops and is maintained

  3. How TF-CBT can be used to reduce PTSD and Complex PTSD.


The workshop covers the importance of setting up the context around therapy, and the focuses on the core elements of TF-CBT. Specific difficulties in working with traumatised children and young people are considered. And the evidence supporting TF-CBT is presented and evaluated.


Clinical examples and formulations are used throughout the training to illustrate how the understanding and the skills can be put into practice. In addition to direct teaching, there will be opportunities for questions and discussions in the whole group, as well as some small group discussion and exercises.

Suitable participants

This course is suitable for any practitioners who have a therapeutic role with children and young people who have experienced traumatic events. Based on the cognitive model, this course is intended to increase understanding of how traumatic events affect children and young people and what can be done to help. It is expected that even those with no previous knowledge or experience of CBT will develop an improved understanding of trauma which should influence their practice. However, this two-day workshop does not on its own equip a practitioner to offer TF-CBT for children and young people with PTSD. Those suitably trained in CBT and who continue to receive adequate supervision should feel competent to provide TF-CBT specifically for children and young people with PTSD.

Age of children and young people

TF-CBT has been used effectively with pre-schoolers, and although those working with pre-school age children should find aspects of the training that they can adapt, it is principally intended for those working with children of school age.


This workshop has previously been approved by the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS) and can contribute 20 points towards the ESTSS Certificate in Psychotraumatology on successful completion of 20 multiple choice questions (https://estss.org/estss-certification/). If you would like this workshop to count towards certification, please ensure that you make this clear in advance.


The course will obviously include discussion of traumatised children, young people and their families and some details of the traumatic events. It is expected that such discussions are likely to trigger some emotional reactions in participants. However some participants may find themselves affected more strongly, for example if they have their own experiences of trauma, or have other pressures on them. The course includes some discussion of the impact of the work on clinicians and how the model can be used to help clinicians with that impact. However, participants are encouraged to take responsibility for themselves and do what they need to do to look after themselves.