Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Course

Course Information

If the trauma that you experienced occurred less than 4 weeks ago, we recommend that you don’t enrol into this course at this time. This is because you may still be in the recovery process. You should contact your GP or other clinician to discuss the pros and cons of proceeding with this course.

Introduction

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

A traumatic event is one in which you directly experience, witness or otherwise experience severe threat to life or physical safety or actual death. Common types of trauma include:

  • Car accidents
  • Work accidents
  • Physical or sexual assault
  • Military combat
  • Natural disasters
  • Working as a police, fire, or ambulance officer, where you are often confronted with details of these types of trauma

This course has been developed for people who have PTSD, and teaches people practical skills to help them recover.

Who will find this course useful?

People who have experienced one (or more) of the types of trauma noted above and are experiencing the associated symptoms.

Course duration

This course is self-paced, but is designed to be completed within 3 months, at most. It is best to do one lesson every week or two to allow time to practice between lessons. The system won’t allow less than 5 or more than 25 days between lessons. Most people take 10-12 weeks to complete the course. Initially you will be granted 90 days access, and upon completion of the course, you will be granted an extra 90 days access for practice purposes.

How much will it cost?

The course is A$59 for three months’ access.

What type of support will I receive?

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.

How is the course structured?

Online Questionnaires

Our online questionnaires help to establish how you are feeling. Results from the questionnaires are then relayed to your clinician after each lesson. You will be emailed by THIS WAY UP if your scores are above the acceptable range. We recommend that your contact your clinician in this event.

Comic-Based Stories

Our lessons are in a comic based format, where you can follow the journey of a character as they learn practical skills to combat PTSD. They also learn how to maintain these skills, manage and reduce difficulties, and prevent symptoms from returning.

Homework

Download our summaries and activities to reinforce what you learnt in each lesson.

Extra Resources

Download additional activities and information that you can complete between lessons.

Online Calendar

Schedule your next lesson using our online calendar and we’ll send you reminders for your next lesson.

Lesson Information

What lessons will the course cover?

 

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Online Course App

Lesson 1

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

Lesson 2

Breaking The Cycle – Learn what maintains the PTSD cycle and how CBT can help change this.

Lesson 3

Finding The Link Between Thoughts And Feelings – Learn how thoughts and feelings are connected, and discover techniques to make the thoughts and memories about your trauma less distressing.

Lesson 4

Tackling Distressing Thoughts – Learn how to reduce avoidance of distressing thoughts and trauma memories, as well as tackling unhelpful thoughts.

Lesson 5

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

Lesson 6

Staying Well – Learn how to have better control over your symptoms in the long term and prevent relapse!

Evidence

Trial Results

We are currently conducting a randomised controlled trail on this course.

Reference: Allen AR, Newby JM, Smith J, Andrews G. Internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy (iCBT) for posttraumatic stress disorder versus waitlist control: Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial. Trials. 2015; 16: 1-11

 

How Can I Study?

If the trauma that you experienced occurred less than 4 weeks ago, we recommend that you don’t enrol into this course at this time. This is because you may still be in the recovery process. You should contact your GP or other clinician to discuss the pros and cons of proceeding with this course.

Supervised

  • Desktop Website
  • Clinician Supervised
  • Clinician Feedback
  • 3 Months Access
  • $59