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
Upcoming Events
2019 UKPTS Conference - "Trauma, Attachment and Compassion"

The Principal | YO24 1AA York
Thursday, 28 February - Friday, 1 March 2019

Download the flyer with full details

To book now at our early-bird rates please contact admin@ukpts.co.uk or visit our bookings page 

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 produced 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 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:

Dr. Julia Coakes


Dr. Brock Chisholm


Prof. Cherie Armour


Dr. Georgina Clifford


Dr. Dominic Murphy


Dr. Sarah Heke


Dr. Derek Indoe


Dr. Laura Toplis  


Dr. Mark McFetridge


Dr. Naomi Wilson


Dr. Rachel Morley


Danielle Hett


Prof. Thanos Karatzias

Co-opted Members

Fred Piggott


Gavin Rees

Gavin Rees

Gill Moreton