University Degree in Emergency Psychology and Behavioural and Cognitive Therapy


The teaching programme of this DU aims, from a cognitive and behavioural therapy (CBT) approach, to better understand the impact and importance of emergency care for victims, but also for professionals confronted with high traumatic potential situations. It also aims to provide a better understanding of the tools/methods for individualised or collective support in the immediate, post-immediate and long term.
After a general presentation of current knowledge and recommendations, the following will be addressed through interactive workshops: differential diagnosis, different intervention methods and psychotherapeuticcare.
This programme is realised in collaboration with the AEPSP (European Association of Fire Brigade Psychology) (Sylvain GOUJARD) and the Laboratory of Psychology and Neuro-Cognition of theuniversité Savoie Mont Blanc (Professor Martine Bouvard).

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  • Identify neurobiological supports.
  • Identify the different impacts of fear.
  • Make the diagnosis.
  • Identify the different psychological impacts of disasters.
  • Identify the typologies of victims.
  • Organize the care framework.
  • Perform psychological triage.
  • Transmit the tools of emotional stabilization.
  • Guide coping strategies.
  • Realize the exhibitions.
  • Achieving cognitive restructuring.
  • Performing psychoeducation.
  • Communicate with victims and patients.
  • Perform the functional analysis.
  • Use evaluation tools.
  • Prevent relapse.
  • Engage supervision.
  • Working with management.
  • Accompany and guide.


  • Arrangement allowing to continue one's professional activity.
  • Possibility to follow certain modules à la carte or the DU as a whole.
  • Interventions by professionals (physicians, psychologists) specializing in CBT.
  • Active pedagogy, alternating theoretical contributions and practical situations.


This academics is intended for psychiatrists, psychologists or physicians, with a academics in CBT (e.g., the CBT IUD or equivalent), or professionals working in the care of victims. Nurses working in emergency departments who are already trained in CBT are accepted with a letter of support from their department head.


Admission is selective and is based on a dossier (covering letter and CV including initial and continuing education and professional experience). The application form can be sent in electronic or paper form to the head of academics.


  • Send the application 15 days before the start of the academics.


  • If you do not have the required diploma, you can access academics through the Validation of Personal and Professional Experience (VAPP): See our dedicated page.


Module 1: Traumatic Memory, Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

September 28 and 29, 2023

■ Know the neurobiology of trauma and dissociation.
■ Know the diagnostic criteria for ASD and PTSD.
■ Know the differential diagnoses.
■ Identify comorbidities.
■ Analyze catastrophic events affecting the masses.
■ Differentiate between primary, secondary and tertiary psychological victims.
■ Differentiate psychological impacts on victims.

Module 2: Early interventions for emergency professionals.

October 12 and 13, 2023

■ Identify the specificity linked to the culture of the emergency professions.
■ Carry out the EUP (Examination of Psychological Emergency).
■ Carry out the psychological triage of victims in order to direct them towards appropriate care.
■ Practice psychological first aid and physical reconditioning.
■ To conduct a coping strategy orientation group.
■ Gradual collective re-exposure to the memory.

Module 3: Early interventions for victims.

November 9 and 10, 2023

■ To receive a victim in the immediate post.
■ Teach stabilisation techniques.
■ To manage the ASD.

Module 4: Trauma-Centred Emotional Behavioural and Cognitive Therapy.

December 14 and 15, 2023

■ Setting up the therapeutic alliance.
■ Carrying out the functional analysis adapted to psycho-trauma.
■ Carrying out the evaluation of patients (questionnaires).
■ To practice Emotional Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy focused on trauma.

Module 5: Violent Death and Traumatic Grief.

January 18 and 19, 2024

■ To know the neurobiology of grief.
■ Differentiate between acute, complex persistent and traumatic bereavement.
■ Carry out functional analysis.
■ Perform exposure to images and narrative of death (the patient is gradually confronted with the anxiety-provoking situation so as to decrease anxiety and achieve habituation).
■ Practice of Socratic dialogue (challenging dysfunctional thoughts through cognitive restructuring).

Module 6: Workplace interventions.

January 25 and 26, 2024

■ Organise a corporate takeover.
■ Analyse events.
■ Accompany and guide.

Module 7: Vicarious trauma.

March 14 and 15, 2024

■ Define vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue.
■ Know the risk and protective factors.
■ Know the protective recommendations for the therapist.


Start of the academics : November of the current calendar year.
Each module consists of a theoretical day and a practical day (Thursdays and Fridays). The practical days enable the methodological approach to be deepened or developed.


UFR Lettres, Langues, Sciences Humaines (LLSH)
Université Savoie Mont Blanc
Jacob-Bellecombette University Campus
Route du Sergent Revel
73000 Jacob-Bellecombette


The complete diploma cycle (98h) :

Achievement rate 2022: 100%.

Satisfaction rate 2022: 92