Providing a forum for
multi-disciplinary professionals
to share ideas and knowledge
relevant to the field of psychotrauma

Welcome to UKPTS

Aims of UKPTS

  • To provide a forum for multi-disciplinary professionals working in the field of psychotrauma to share ideas and knowledge relevant to their work in the field
  • To provide considered, and evidence based, comment on psychological trauma on behalf of the membership in order to aid those who might be affected by traumatic events
  • To provide a forum for health professionals that lead clinical traumatic stress services to meet and share best practice and informal peer supervision (this forum is called the UK Trauma Group; it is now a subgroup of the UKPTS)
  • To provide members with access to quality, affordable CPD events that will support the continuing development of best practice in the field of psychotraumatology
  • To promote practice, guidance and policy which has as its aim the alleviation of suffering as a result of psychological trauma through dissemination of evidence based prevention, early detection and treatment
  • To maintain a close relationship with the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and other organisations with an interest in traumatic stress

Postgraduate student section of UKPTS Network

We are delighted to announce we are setting up a postgraduate student section of UKPTS network, and would like a postgraduate student to serve as a UKPTS Board Member. As part of our Board, you will support the President and other elected officers in growing the student network, including developing student orientated events, activities and linking in with Universities.

On behalf of the UKPTS board, we are seeking 'Expressions of Interest' from postgraduate students studying in the field of traumatic stress who wish to serve as an UKPTS Board Member.

Student Board Member

  • UKPTS aims are explained above
  • The board has on average four meetings per year with two of these being face to face.
  • Your reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed by UKPTS.
  • This role will offer a range of personal development opportunities.
  • The selection process is planned to be completed by Friday 16th June 2017

Submission Requirements

  • This role is open to postgraduate students studying in the field of traumatic stress only (you do not need to be a member currently but will be expected to become a member on appointment). Click here to become a member http://www.ukpts.co.uk/join.html
  • Persons who are interested and eligible to apply for the position should email the expressions of interest to admin@ukpts.co.uk
  • Expressions of interest should be submitted no later than Friday 19th May 2017 5pm
  • The expressions of interest should provide information on your current area of study, your skills and experience relevant to the role, and how you would help in the development of a student network of the UKPTS
  • They should be no longer than one A$ page, no smaller than 11 font
  • The Board will be evaluating the expressions of interest received, followed by a nomination and voting process

If anyone would like to discuss the role further please get in touch - a board member will be happy to speak to you.


The UKPTS Regional Cardiff Conference 2017

Will be held Wednesday 29th November to Friday 1st December 2017.

Venue: All Nations Conference Centre, Sachville Avenue, Heath, Cardiff CF14 3NY

Good News: Conference fees are frozen at 2016 prices

To register for the conference click here

ESTSS:  All workshops are expected to be ESTSS certified




ESTSS Certificate in Psychotraumatology

From 2010 all UKPTS members are also full members of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS) which is the accrediting body for the Certificate in Psychotraumatology. Once you have received your ESTSS membership number and log in details you can register for the Certificate via the ESTSS website.

Traumatic Stress Management Guidance

The UKPTS has been working to produce evidence based best practice guidance for organisations whose staff are routinely exposed to traumatic events as a result of their work. This guidance is also endorsed by the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. The UKPTS consider that adopting the principles enshrined in the guidance document should become the 'norm' for trauma-exposed organisations and lead to improvements in the health, well-being and productivity of individuals working in highly challenging environments.

A downloadable version of the UKPTS position paper on Torture, Coercive Interrogations and Cruel and Degrading Treatment can be found by following this here

The Board Members

The United Kingdom Psychological Trauma Society was formed after intensive discussion in and between the UK Trauma Group (UKTG) and BICESTSS which it now replaces. The inaugural board was formed by 12 members of UKTG. Nominations for the board were agreed and sanctioned at the AGM at the 2nd Annual meeting, Edinburgh 23 February 2010. Current board members are:

Robin Bennett


Anne Douglas


Cherie Armour


Neil Greenberg


Sarah Heke




Mark McFetridge


Gill Moreton


Brock Chisholm


Laura Toplis


Sarah Ward-Lilley


Naomi Wilson

Co-opted Members

Fred Piggott


Gavin Rees

Gavin Rees