Who is the speaker?

All of our training days are delivered by Carolyn Spring, Director of PODS and author of Recovery is my best revenge: my experience of trauma, abuse and dissociative identity disorder. Carolyn developed DID as a result of chronic childhood abuse, and then worked for a number of years with abused children before setting up PODS in 2009. She is an articulate and engaging speaker with a unique mix of personal and professional knowledge.

Do I need to attend your training days in a certain order?

No. Our training days cover the impacts of childhood trauma by looking at different but complementary areas.

Can I have a receipt for my booking?

Yes. You will receive a receipt from our payment provider, and also a booking confirmation email which has a PDF receipt attached.

Where do you run training?

You can find all of locations here

How do I get to the venue?

Your booking confirmation has a PDF attached with parking information and directions. For Peterborough, Milton Keynes and Bristol training days we are faciliating a shared taxi service from the train station. Please contact us after you make your booking to register interest.

What will the day be like?

Our training days are delivered lecture-style with excellent visuals and all original content. There are opportunities throughout the day to break into buzz groups for brief discussion if you wish to. Delegates receive an extensive pack including the relevant book for each course, and a CPD certificate for 6 hours. Our training days usually attract audiences of 70-120 people.

What time do I need to arrive?

Registration and refreshments start at 9.30am. We kick off promptly at 10.00. The day will end by 5.00pm.

Do you provide lunch?

No, except in Stirling. Drinks and biscuits are supplied throughout the day and you're welcome to bring a packed lunch.

Do you offer discounts?

Yes. Friends of PODS get a £5.00 discount and we are able to offer some concessions for people on a low income - please get in touch to enquire before booking. We offer group discounts on a sliding scale for 4 or more delegates which can be booked directly via the website but cannot be used in conjunction with the Friends of PODS discount. 

Is your training suitable for me?

Delegates from a wide range of backgrounds and sectors attend our training, this includes:

  • counsellors
  • psychotherapists
  • psychologists
  • rape crisis or helpline staff and volunteers
  • CPNs / healthcare staff
  • police, prison and probation staff
  • social care staff
  • education staff
  • survivors
  • supporters
  • anyone working with people who have suffered trauma in childhood

Is your training wheelchair accessible? Can I bring my guide dog?

We try to use accessible venues where possible. If the venue permits guide dogs, so do we. Contact us before you book to check the specifics for a venue.

I'm dyslexic - can I have my handouts on coloured paper?

Yes! We can print on blue, green, yellow or pink paper. Just email us and let us know. We can also produce large format versions of the handouts or email electronic versions if you are blind and use a computer reader.

Do you offer in-house training?

Sometimes. Get in touch and we'll see what we can do. We also have excellent group discounts for organisations. 

Groups of 4-6                    £5.00 off per person

Groups of 7-9                    £10.00 off per person

Groups of 10-14                £15.00 off per person

Groups of 15 -19               £20.00 off per person

Please email us if you want to find out more.   

What if I need to cancel?

We appreciate that sometimes life gets in the way of our best laid plans! We have a generous cancellation and refund policy, which also offers you the chance to transfer your booking. You can read more here.


child sexual abuse training

Child Sexual Abuse

Hope for Healing

Dissociation and DID

The Fundamentals 
*New for 2017*



Working with Dissociative Disorders

in Clinical Practice
*New for 2017*

working with relational trauma training

Working with Relational Trauma

Dealing with Disorganised Attachment