Limited spaces left on Trauma Course

There are a very limited number of places remaining on the one-day Basic Trauma Management course being held at Robert Gordon University on 25 March, 2010.

This course is proving to be very popular and companies who have requested information are strongly recommended to confirm their bookings as soon as possible.

Course information

The course, aimed particularly at senior managers who are responsible for staff travelling and working in regions with security and risk issues, is being run by Professor David Alexander, Director of the Aberdeen Centre for Trauma Research at Robert Gordon University.

Having the skills to handle the effects of trauma on a workforce is increasingly necessary with seemingly regular natural disasters and the growing global threat of terrorist activity. Organisations need to consider extending their 'Duty of Care' with a fully-informed understanding of, and comprehensive training in, dealing with 'critical incidents', including accidents, dealing with hostage situations and terrorist incidents.

Professor Alexander led the psychiatric team that responded to the Piper Alpha disaster in 1988 and is regarded as an international expert in the field of trauma. He has been involved in major incident locations around the world in the aftermath of bombings, helicopter crashes, earthquakes and the Tsunami.

Professor Alexander is also one of the founders of the Aberdeen-based Sudden Trauma Information Service Helpline, set up 21 years ago with UK Oil and Gas funding after the Piper Alpha Disaster. It is a lifeline for people recovering from high-profile tragedies, such as last year's Super Puma crash in the North Sea, but also for those who have suffered the trauma of a car crash, assault or industrial accident. Further information on the Helpline is available at

The Basic Trauma Management course will run from 09:00 to 16:00 on Thursday 25 March at the Central Services Building, Robert Gordon University, Garthdee Campus.
For further information and to book places on this course please email:

The training team includes:

Professor David A Alexander
MA(Hons), CPsychol, PhD, FBPS, FRSM, (Hon)FRC Psych
Director, ACTR
Recognised as an international expert in the field of trauma, Professor Alexander led the psychiatric team which responded to the Piper Alpha disaster in 1988. Since then he has been personally involved in many of the world's major incidents from Antarctica to the Balkans, Nairobi to Iraq, from terrorist bombings to helicopter crashes, and from earthquakes to the Tsunami. He has lectured and advised the Scottish Police College, the Metropolitan Police, the FBI Academy, the Russian School of Militia and is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, the Royal Society of Medicine and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Most recently, he has been appointed to the UK Scientific Advisory Committee for Pandemic Influenza.

Dr Susan Klein
MA(Hons), Cert COSCA, PhD
Reader, ACTR
Having played a key role in establishing the ACTR, Dr Klein manages the research portfolio for the Centre. She has extensive experience in the design and production of high quality training materials including computer-assisted learning programmes and multimedia applications. Having successfully completed the International Study of Health and Stress Diagnostic Interview Training, under the aegis of the University of Michigan and University of Harvard, she is recognised as an accredited trainer by the World Health Organisation.


For further information please contact
Julie Addis, Marketing & Sales Support Coordinator, Univation Ltd.
Tel: 01224 263359 Email:

Or: Gail Caie, Communications Officer, Robert Gordon University. Tel: 01224 262210. Email:

Notes for Editors

Univation Limited is the commercial arm of Robert Gordon University, based in the heart of Aberdeen, the oil capital of Europe. Established in 1995, Univation works closely with Faculties and Schools within the University, such as the Aberdeen Business School and the Energy Centre/School of Engineering as well as industry experts, providing corporate clients with customised, industry relevant programmes for staff development in emerging, growing and changing oil and gas markets. Univation's client base includes major internationals and a growing number of national oil companies such as Sonatrach in Algeria, PDVSA in Venezuela, PetroChina and Sonangol in Angola.