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Understanding CPTSD in the ICD-11, theoretical contributions and implications for practice

Friday 11th January 2019 at BPS Offices, London, Tabernacle Street

Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD) has become part of common clinical language when referring to those individuals who have experienced prolonged and repetitive traumas interpersonal in nature. Coined originally in 1992 by Judith Herman this term has come to represent a disorder which, until June 2018, had no official recognition in the major diagnostic frameworks. With the publication of the new ICD-11, CPTSD is now a distinct diagnostic entity, and its use governed by the ICD-11 diagnostic criteria.

An early understanding of this new diagnostic entry is essential for those working with complex posttraumatic stress disorder. A comprehensive appreciation of the foundations of the new ICD-11 CPTSD model and the validity of the construct is needed to facilitate effective use and meaningful interpretations of any CPTSD diagnosis. The theoretical contributions to this new diagnostic model and the context in which it sits provides a vital part of understanding the risk factors, history and features associated with those most likely to qualify for diagnosis. The emerging implications for practice indicate particular considerations need to be undertaken in relation to assessment and treatment and in order to successfully differentiate individuals with CPTSD.

This event aims to quip individuals working in the field with this knowledge and understanding and is therefore suitable for a wide range of practitioners in contact with a CPTSD population. It is envisaged it will be of use to psychologists, psychotherapists, service managers, community psychiatric workers, metal health and well-being practitioners, and others engaged in clinical and therapeutic work with those affected by CPTSD.

By the end of the day delegates will be able to:

  1. Understand the structure and content of the ICD-11 diagnostic categories of PTSD & CPTSD and its position in relation to the DSM-5.
  2. Evaluate the evidence relating to the validity of the ICD-11 CPTSD construct and symptom structure.
  3. Understand the evidence on prevalence, comorbidity and risk factors found with CPTSD under the ICD-11 structure.
  4. Be aware of the emerging implications for practice, particularly in relation to assessment and treatment of Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder under the ICD-11 model, and how this relates to their own work contexts

Please note, this event is credit/debit card payment only at the time of booking. If you need an invoice, please submit your booking form and contact us.

If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224507.


Friday 11th January 2019

Please note, all speakers, timings and content are subject to change.

10:00Event Welcome
16:00Event Close

Speakers and Facilitators

Christina Buxton

Christina Buxton is an experienced practitioner and academic in the field of psychological trauma. She is currently the Chair of the British Psychological Society Crisis Disaster and Trauma section and programme lead for the MSc in Psychological Trauma at the University of Chester. Having worked in the field of Psychological Trauma for over 20 years Christina has a wealth of knowledge of both academic and clinical aspects of the area. She recently was an invited keynote speaker at the International Trauma Summit in Belfast where she presented on the subject of the ICD-11 and CPTSD with Dr Judith Herman and Professor Gordon Turnbull. Christina’s most recent clinical work is with young people and adolescents suffering from CPTSD, her other work includes a special interest in psychological assessment, as well as research into the social contexts of trauma.


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