What is the aim of the PTSD Course?
The PTSD Course is designed to help adults aged 18 and over to manage psychological and emotional symptoms resulting from experiencing a traumatic event. The course aims to help people break unhelpful habits and learn practical psychological skills to help them manage their symptoms. The PTSD Course is designed to provide the information and skills that you would normally receive from a Mental Health Professional.
What is Involved?
The PTSD Course consists of four lessons over an eight week period. You will receive weekly support from your therapist. The course aims to teach the following psychological skills:
- How to recognise the cycle of symptoms involved in PTSD
- How to recognise and challenge destructive thoughts and beliefs, which may have changed because of the trauma
- How to recognise and manage physical symptoms of PTSD, as well as how to reduce symptoms like flashbacks, nightmares and feelings of panic
- How to gain confidence by learning to safely confront things you are afraid of avoiding
- Stories of how people from all across Australia have recovered
- How to stay well once the course has finished
Who is the course suitable for?
This course is well suited to people with mild to moderate PTSD. Those experiencing severe symptoms of PTSD are strongly encouraged to see a GP and a Psychologist and/or Psychiatrist for assessment and treatment. People who have symptoms of PTSD as well as symptoms of depression or anxiety often find that the Wellbeing Course can also be very helpful.
The course is not suitable for those who are currently suicidal, do not have access to the internet or who are not Australian residents. We do not recommend this course for people who are currently accessing regular Cognitive Behavioural therapy treatment for PTSD. If you have very severe symptoms we strongly recommend that you see a GP and a psychologist and/or psychiatrist for assessment and treatment.
You can find out if you are eligible for this course by taking completing our MindSpot Online Screening Assessment.
- Over 150 people have used this course at the MindSpot Clinic
- 96% of people say that they would recommend the course
- On average, symptoms of PTSD reduce by 25%, symptoms of depression by 30%, and symptoms of anxiety by 21%
- Versions of this course have been trialled at the eCentreClinic in one randomised controlled trial with strong results (available here)
Joining the PTSD Course is easy.
To learn more details about our treatment courses, click here.
Then, complete a MindSpot Clinic Online Screening Assessment. This will provide you with information about your symptoms and treatment options. If it is suitable for your symptoms, you will then get access to the next PTSD Course.
If you do not have access to the Internet, please call us on 1800 61 44 34 to begin your assessment.
This course was written by Dr Jay Spence, Dr Blake Dear, and Prof Nick Titov.