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Complex Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD) – A Practical Guide


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About The Course

Learn to differentiate between PTSD and complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD), identifying C-PTSD’s unique symptoms and exploring its overlap with borderline personality disorder. Formulate approaches to evaluate adverse childhood experiences and discern the clinical characteristics and diagnostic classification of C-PTSD. Explore a phase-oriented approach to the management of complex trauma, expanding management options for those affected by C-PTSD.

What You'll Learn

  • Identify the clinical features and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder and its relationship to C-PTSD
  • Explore the overlap between borderline personality disorder and C-PTSD
  • Develop strategies for how to assess a patient for adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)
  • Identify the clinical features and symptoms of C-PTSD
  • Explore a range of management options for patients with C-PTSD

Course Programme

7 Units | 9 Modules | 2.5 hours total length

  • The Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Diagnostic Category of C-PTSD
  • Clusters of Symptoms of Psychological Trauma
  • Causes of C-PTSD
  • Key Features of C-PTSD
  • Neurobiology of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, C-PTSD and Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Overlaps Between Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, C-PTSD and Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Key Differences Between PTSD, C-PTSD and BPD
  • Assessing ACEs
  • Identifying Clinical Symptoms of C-PTSD
  • Cluster of Symptoms of C-PTSD
  • Case Study
  • Phase-Oriented Approach to Management of Complex Trauma
  • Psychological Therapies
  • Case Study
  • Knowledge Check

Course Description

Complex Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD) – A Practical Guide

This in-depth course delves into the intricacies of Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (C-PTSD), a condition that requires nuanced understanding and specialized care. The diagnostic criteria of CPTSD overlap with those of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and borderline personality disorder (BPD), which can sometimes lead to difficulties in accurate diagnosis and management.

This course is designed for healthcare professionals seeking a comprehensive understanding of C-PTSD. By the end of this course, participants will be well-equipped to identify, assess, and manage C-PTSD, enhancing their skills and enriching their professional practice.

Throughout the course, participants will:

Identify Clinical Features and Symptoms: Gain a thorough understanding of the neurobiology, clinical features, diagnostic category, and symptoms of C-PTSD. We will examine CPTSD vs. PTSD, the key features that differentiate the two, and the relationship between the two conditions.

Explore Overlaps with Borderline Personality Disorder: Investigate the complex relationship and overlap between borderline personality disorder and C-PTSD. This segment is crucial for professionals aiming to provide accurate diagnoses and effective treatment plans.

Assessment Strategies for Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Learn to develop robust strategies for assessing patients for adverse childhood experiences, which are critically important in the context of complex post-traumatic stress disorder.

Deep Dive into Complex Post-traumatic Stress Disorder: Participants will learn to identify the clinical features and cluster of symptoms of C-PTSD, enhancing their ability to diagnose with accuracy.

Management Options for C-PTSD: Explore a phase-oriented approach to the management of complex trauma, including psychological therapies and a range of other treatments. Understanding and identifying CPTSD triggers will also form a key component of this section, enabling practitioners to offer more personalized and sensitive care.


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Learn the unique clinical features and symptoms of Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD), management options, and overlaps with PTSD and BPD.

Course Information

  • 2.5 hours
  • 2.5 CPD


  • 2 hours of interactive course material
  • 0.5 hours of video
  • Reading material and Case studies
  • Self-assessment
  • Certificate of Completion

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Sanil Rege Dr. Sanil Rege MBBS, MRCPsych, FRANZCP

Dr. Sanil Rege is an educator and consultant psychiatrist with dual psychiatry qualifications from the United Kingdom and Australia.

With extensive teaching experience through various psychiatry education initiatives, Dr. Rege is renowned as a motivational training facilitator who promotes interaction and discussion. As the Academic Lead of Psych Scene and Chief Editor of Psych Scene Hub, he aspires to make a difference in mental health by empowering healthcare professionals to advance their skills and career through specialized training.

Dr. Rege is also founder of Vita Healthcare, a private clinic in Mount Eliza specializing in mental health. He has over 10 years of private practice experience treating disorders across the spectrum, currently working in the community, in-patient, consultation-liaison and addiction psychiatry.

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