The Post-Traumatic Stress Course

The Post-Traumatic Stress Course

Learn practical strategies for managing recurrent flashbacks, nightmares, and anxiety following a traumatic event with our clinically-proven online course for post-traumatic stress.

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Trauma at a Glance

Posttraumatic Stress (PTS) can occur after a traumatic event. People with this condition are often troubled by distressing memories or thoughts about the trauma. They often avoid memories and other reminders about what happened, and can experience intense anxiety, sadness, or anger. These symptoms have a significant impact on relationships, work and daily activities.

A traumatic event is an event you witnessed, experienced, or learned about that involved actual or threatened death or serious injury. Common types of trauma include: car accidents, work accidents physical or sexual assault, military combat, natural disasters and working as a police, fire, or ambulance officer where you are often confronted with details of these types of trauma.

Fortunately, the post-traumatic stress response is very treatable and many people who seek help get better. This course will teach you practical skills to tackle your symptoms and improve the way you feel.

About The Post-Traumatic Stress Course

This 8-lesson course is based on an effective psychological treatment for post-traumatic stress called Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (or CBT). It is designed to teach you proven strategies for tackling your symptoms and show you how to work with your thoughts, emotions, and behaviours so you can make a positive change in how you feel. It may be especially helpful to you if you’ve been previously diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and haven’t had CBT in the past.

TWU_PTS Course

This course may be suitable for you if:

  • You've witnessed or experienced a traumatic event where yours or someone else's life was at risk
  • Months have passed since the event and you keep having nightmares or flashbacks of the event
  • These memories are upsetting tend to lead to tension, sadness, anger, or anxiety
  • You seem to be stuck in the way you feel and would love to learn how to get out of this cycle
  • You are ready and willing to learn new skills to change the way you feel

What You Will Learn

Throughout this course you will follow an illustrated story of ‘Paula’ as she learns how to tackle the frightening memories of her trauma and use helpful behaviours to move forward with her life. Each lesson focuses on teaching you a practical skill you can use to begin changing the vicious cycle of post-traumatic stress. Once you complete a lesson, you will have 5 days to practice your new skill before the next lesson becomes available.

Lesson 1

About PTS – Learn about the symptoms of PTS and how cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can help to manage them.

Lesson 2

Breaking the Cycle – Understand what maintains the PTS cycle and how CBT skills can help break this cycle. Learn two practical techniques to manage physical symptoms.

Lesson 3

Finding The Link Between Thoughts And Feelings – Learn how thoughts and feelings are connected, and discover techniques to manage strong emotions linked to traumatic memories.

Lesson 4

Changing Unhelpful Thoughts – Explore new techniques to tackle unhelpful thoughts to help you change the way you feel.

Lesson 5

Tackling Upsetting Memories I – Learn techniques to make the thoughts and memories about your trauma less distressing.

Lesson 6

Tackling Upsetting Memories II – Learn how to reduce avoidance of distressing thoughts and trauma memories. 

Lesson 7

Dealing With Trigger Situations – Learn practical steps to reduce avoidance of situations and test out your unhelpful thoughts.

Lesson 8

Staying Well – Develop ways to have better control over your symptoms in the long term and prevent relapse.

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What's Included

Each of our courses has been designed to help you get the most out of self-guided learning and provides you with a range of materials to support you on your recovery journey.

Lessons

Story-based lessons that teach core coping skills

Extra Resources

Tools to help you overcome common challenges

Workbooks

Exercises designed to help you tackle your symptoms

Alerts & Reminders

Reminder e-mails and texts to help you stay on track

Action Plans

Step-by-step activities to help you put new skills into practice

Progress Tracking

Questionnaires to help you monitor your well-being

How to Get Started

To enrol in this course you will need to speak with your regular clinician (e.g., your GP, psychologist, or other health professional), and see if they can prescribe you this course and monitor you throughout your online treatment. You can download and take the Clinician Letter to your appointment.

Speak with your clinician about completing this treatment course for free

Get a Prescription

Free for 90 days of access
  • Get free access with a prescription
  • Your clinician can monitor how you are
  • Extra 12 months of access once completed
  • Available worldwide with a prescription
Supervised

Please note: our courses have not been evaluated in populations who have been diagnosed as having schizophrenia or bipolar disorder; people who are dependent on drugs or alcohol; or take sedative medication (e.g., Valium, lorazepam) daily. More tailored, intensive, face-to-face support from a clinician may be more suitable for these populations and for people who are thinking about suicide. We recommend that such individuals seek clinician support and medical advice before enrolling into a self-guided online treatment course for their mental health.

Frequently Asked Questions

Over the years, we’ve helped many individuals improve their mental health through our clinical trials and online courses. If you have any questions about this course, check out the FAQs below or get in touch with us.

People who have experienced a traumatic event and are significantly troubled and distressed by their memories of the event.

This course was written for people who have experienced are experiencing post-traumatic stress in response to a traumatic event in adulthood, rather than traumas experienced earlier on in their development (complex trauma).

For people looking for help with childhood trauma, we suggest you seek individual therapy from a mental health clinician who is experienced in this area. You can see your GP for a referral.

You can do this course at your own pace but it has been designed to be completed within 3 months.

We recommend completing one lesson every week or fortnight. When you complete the course in 3 months, you will be given another 12 months access to help you practice your new skills and progress further.

Please note, there is a 5-day lockout period between lessons, to give you enough time to practice the skills you have learned before moving on to new skills.

This course is free to enrol into under the guidance of your clinician.

This course is only available for enrolment under clinician guidance. Before starting the course, we recommend that you discuss with your clinician how you can make contact if you have questions or concerns as you proceed though the lessons.

We recognise that addressing trauma can be very distressing. Having a clinician supervise your progress will provide you with an added layer of support, particularly as some treatment components may be triggering.

You can access this course for free if your regular clinician is registered with THIS WAY UP and prescribes this course to you by e-mailing you a personalised registration link called a “Quickscript” using our secure online system. 

Here’s how to discuss this option with your health professional: 

Step 1. 

Make an appointment with your clinician (e.g., your GP, Medical Specialist, Psychologist or other Allied Health Professional). 

Step 2. 

Download, print, and take the Clinician Letter to your appointment. This letter outlines some information about how your clinician can register with THIS WAY UP and prescribe our courses using our online system. 

Step 3. 

Ask your clinician if they are familiar with THIS WAY UP and tell them about the course you’d like to do. 

If your clinician is new to THIS WAY UP, they may need some time to register and get to know our system, so you may not be able to get a course prescription right away. 

If your clinician is able to prescribe and monitor you throughout the course, they will send you a ‘prescription’ e-mail called a “Quickscript” via our system with details on how to enrol. 

Please note, it is up to individual clinicians to decide whether it is appropriate for them to prescribe and monitor you through one of our courses. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that your clinician will be able to assist you.

The best place to seek advice about treatment options for you specific symptoms and situation is from your GP.

The Science Behind This Course

This course is adapted from a similar program that was evaluated in a Randomised Controlled Trial and found to be effective at reducing symptoms of PTSD.

Randomised Controlled Trial:

 Spence J et al. (2011)

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For Clinicians

This course has been developed using best practice, evidence-based strategies for the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress.

As a registered THIS WAY UP clinician you can prescribe The Post-Traumatic Stress Course to your clients and stay informed of their progress.