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Transform your practice and your client’s lives with trauma neuroscience and cutting-edge treatment methods!

Unmatched in depth and breadth, the Trauma Center's comprehensive 7-month online certificate training program in Traumatic Stress Studies bridges advanced research on PTSD and developmental trauma with today's most optimal clinical methods, treatments and modalities to improve outcomes and help clients heal.

Through this training, you can revolutionize your practice with specialized skills for the treatment of posttraumatic and dissociative disorders. Not only will you earn your prestigious Certificate in Traumatic Stress Studies, you will be positioned to develop a distinguished career in the field of traumatic stress.

Established by the world-renowned Trauma Center, this comprehensive program features today's leading authorities on trauma including:

  • Bessel van der Kolk, M.D., founder of the Trauma Center and New York Times best-selling author of The Body Keeps the Score
  • Richard Schwartz, Ph.D., developer of the Internal Family Systems (IFS) model
  • Stephen Porges, Ph.D., creator of the Polyvagal Theory and Social Engagement System
  • Elizabeth Warner, Psy.D., lead developer of Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment (SMART)
  • Margaret Blaustein, Ph.D., co-developer of the Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC) treatment framework
  • and over a dozen more leaders in the field!

Imagine the impact you can have as a true trauma treatment specialist...join the elite group of your peers who are transforming their practice and their clients' lives by earning their Certificate in Traumatic Stress Studies.

Certificate in Traumatic Stress Studies
A 7-Month Online Training Program

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Dr. Bessel van der Kolk
An Invitation from Dr. van der Kolk...
The field of traumatic stress is only about 30 years old, and enormous strides have been made to clarify its basic mechanisms and develop a large variety of treatment approaches appropriate for various forms of trauma and developmental levels.

We have learned how trauma at different ages, particularly relational trauma, affects a variety of psychological and brain processes, and that intervention needs to occur on multiple levels: social, psychological, relational, somatic, relational and biological. We also now know that affect regulation, the establishment of agency, and interpersonal safety form the foundation of recovery.

This evolving course, now in its 15th year, brings together some of the world’s leading experts on the variety of aspects of trauma processing and intervention, to provide you with the skills to implement these developments in your work.

This year we are particularly pleased to have expanded the faculty to include some of the leading experts on the Polyvagal Theory, Stephen Porges; Internal Family Systems Therapy, Dick Schwartz; and advanced yoga practices, Matthew Sanford.

Join us to gain a comprehensive view of Traumatic Stress, including the art and science of its nature and treatment, from childhood through adulthood.
~ Dr. Bessel A. van der Kolk
Key Topics in the Certificate Program in Traumatic Stress Studies
This 7-month training program provides a comprehensive foundation on both the neuroscience of trauma and the science of treatment development and clinical application. In just 2-3 hours per week, you will learn how trauma impacts the brain and body, and the efficacy of a wide array of clinical treatment methods to apply in your practice to improve your clinical treatment and clients' lives.
1 Attachment Theory and Relationships
1 Neurobiology of PTSD and Developmental Trauma
1 Trauma Processing and EMDR
1 Sensorimotor Treatment and Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment (SMART)
1 Treatment Foundations and Assessments
1 Sand Tray Therapy, Play and Activity, Theater and Trauma-Drama, and Trauma Sensitive Yoga
1 Trauma Focused Neurofeedback
1 Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC), and Supporting Regulation in Childhood
1 Dissociation and Internal Family Systems (IFS)
1 Adult Treatment and Component-Based Psychotherapy (CBP)
1 Vicarious Trauma and Self-Care
1 Special Issues including Sexual Exploitation, Community Trauma, and Sexual Behavior Problems
Week 1
Understanding Trauma: The Foundations
with Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.
Week 2
The Complexity of Adaptation to Trauma
with Jana Pressley, Psy.D.
Week 3
The Nature of Trauma: Developmental Neurobiology, Neuroimaging Research and Effective Intervention
with Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.
Week 4
Neurobiology of Trauma Treatment: EMDR and New Research Directions
with Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.
Week 5
Adult Attachment Relationships
with Jana Pressley, Psy.D.
Week 6
Race, Class, and Context: Impact of culture-related trauma on treatment outcomes
with Gary Bailey, MSW, ACSW
Week 7
Trauma Assessment of Children and Adults
with Alexandra Cook, Ph.D.
Week 8
Childhood Trauma: Impact and Long-Term Consequences
with Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.
Week 9
The Scope of Trauma Treatment: From Acute Interventions to Restoration of Self-Experience
with Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.
Week 10
Introduction to ARC: The Attachment, Regulation, and Competency Model
with Margaret Blaustein, Ph.D.
Week 11
ARC & Supporting Regulation in Childhood
with Margaret Blaustein, Ph.D.
Week 12
Adult Treatment Through the Lens of Components-Based Psychotherapy (CBP)
with Elizabeth Hopper, Ph.D.
Week 13
Trauma Through the Lens of Polyvagal Theory
with Stephen Porges, Ph.D.
Week 14
We Do Not Work Alone: Implementing and Sustaining Trauma-informed Systems
with Patricia Wilcox, LCSW
Week 15
Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment (SMART): Bottom-up Interventions for Childhood Trauma
with Elizabeth Warner, Psy.D.
Week 16
Trauma, Balance, and Sensory Integration: Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment (SMART)
with Anne Westcott, LICSW
Week 17
Body-Based Approach for Treating the Effects of Trauma
with Matthew Sanford, M.A.
Week 18
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy: A Model for Accelerated Change
with Deborah Korn, Psy.D.
Week 19
Trauma Processing with Children
with Michele Henderson, LICSW
Week 20
Making Connections: The Neuropsychology of Sandplay Therapy in the Treatment of Trauma
with Lorraine Freedle, Ph.D.
Week 21
Use of Play and Activity to Support Trauma-informed Treatment
with Steven Gross, MSW
Week 22
Incorporating Play Therapy into Evidence-Based Treatment
with Jennifer Lefebre, Psy.D.
Week 23
Working with Problematic Sexual Behavior in Children & Youth
with Jon Ebert, Psy.D., & Tarah Kuhn, Ph.D.
Week 24
Internal Family Systems
with Richard Schwartz, Ph.D.
Week 25
The Use of Internal Family Systems Model in Trauma Treatment
with Frank Anderson, M.D.
Week 26
Healing the Traumatized Self: Consciousness, Neuroscience, Treatment
with Ruth Lanius, Ph.D., M.D.
Week 27
Trauma-Informed Change Making: A Model for Community Healing and Transformation in Eastern Africa
with Ilya Yacevich, MA, LMFT, and Anita Shankar, MPH
Week 28
Impact of Trauma in Adult Spirituality and Meaning-Making
with Jana Pressley, Psy.D.
Week 29
Caring for the Caregiver: Vicarious Trauma
with Jana Pressley, Psy.D.
Week 30
Alternative Non-pharmaceutical Treatment Techniques for Development Trauma: Neurofeedback and Biofeedback
with Bessel van der Kolk, M.D., Ainat Rogel, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW, Diana Martinez, M.D., M.SC
Week 31
The Future of Trauma Interventions
with Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.
For specific details on each course topic, Click here for course objectives and outline.

Here's what recent participants are saying...

“I am really impressed with the materials in this course. What a gift that we get to benefit ourselves and our clients with this knowledge that was gained through years of study by Bessel and all the experts in this course. I am very grateful for the opportunity.”
— Kristin
Course Review
"I feel very fortunate to be a part of the Traumatic Studies Certification Program. I do not think it's an overstatement to say that the course has revolutionized my understanding of trauma and it has changed my career trajectory. I am grateful that you opened up this program to distance learners."
— Jill, Ph.D.
Course Review
"This Trauma Certificate program has been comprehensive and growth-producing, and my clients have benefitted substantially from my having had this training. My thanks to Dr. van der Kolk, Dr. Blaustein, all the presenters and PESI for having made this opportunity possible. I am profoundly grateful."
— Candance, LMFT, LPCC
Certificate in Traumatic Stress Studies
A 7-Month Online Training Program

A $4,500.00 Value
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Certificate Course Features

7-Month Online Course
Featuring 31 engaging weekly sessions from October 28, 2019 through May 25, 2020

Self-Paced Viewing of Videos
Watch approximately 2-3 hours of training videos weekly at your convenience

Online Community
Network and share ideas in online discussions with your peers in the course

Live Q&A Calls
Attend three calls with course faculty for additional insight, guidance, and answers to questions

73 CE Contact Hours
This self-study course will provide up to 73 continuing education credits —
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Earn Your Certificate
End this program with an elite Certificate in Traumatic Stress Studies from the Trauma Center
Certificate in Traumatic Stress Studies from the Trauma Center
There is no other training program available that offers the depth and breadth of this certificate program. In recognition of your dedication to furthering your education with this program, participants who complete the weekly teachings and CE tests will be awarded a certificate of completion from the world-renowned Trauma Center and Trauma Research Foundation.

Your certificate not only showcases your personal and professional accomplishment, it distinguishes you from your peers and shows your clients, your colleagues, and employer your continued dedication to improving therapeutic outcomes.
Featuring Today's Leaders in Trauma Research and Treatment
Featured Speakers
Featured Speakers
Featured Speakers
Featured Speakers

Featuring Today's Leaders in Trauma Research and Treatment
Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.
Bessel van der Kolk, M.D., is a clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of post-traumatic stress. His work integrates developmental, neurobiological, psychodynamic and interpersonal aspects of the impact of trauma and its treatment. Dr. van der Kolk and his various collaborators have published extensively on the impact of trauma on development, and he has published over 150 peer reviewed scientific articles on such diverse topics as neuroimaging, self-injury, memory, neurofeedback, Developmental Trauma, yoga, theater and EMDR. He is founder and Medical Director of the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts; past President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University Medical School. He regularly teaches at universities and hospitals around the world. His most recent 2014 New York Times Science best seller, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Treatment of Trauma, transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain’s wiring—specifically areas dedicated to pleasure, engagement, control, and trust. He shows how these areas can be reactivated through innovative treatments including neurofeedback, somatically based therapies, EMDR, psychodrama, play, yoga, and other therapies.
Richard Schwartz, Ph.D.
Richard Schwartz earned his Ph.D. from Purdue University, and attained the status of associate professor at both the Institute for Juvenile Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and The Family Institute at Northwestern University. Dr. Schwartz developed Internal Family Systems (IFS) in response to clients’ descriptions of experiencing various parts – many extreme – within themselves. In 2000, Richard Schwartz founded The Center for Self Leadership in Oak Park, Illinois. Dr. Schwartz is a featured speaker for many national psychotherapy organizations, a fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and serves on the editorial boards of four professional journals. He has published four books and over 50 articles about IFS. His books include Internal Family Systems Therapy, Introduction to the Internal Family Systems Model, and The Mosaic Mind (with Regina Goulding), Metaframeworks (with Doug Breunlin and Betty Karrer), and Family Therapy: Concepts and Methods (with Michael Nichols), the most widely used family therapy text in the United States. Dr. Schwartz lives and practices in Brookline, MA and is on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard School of Medicine.
Stephen Porges, Ph.D.
Stephen Porges, Ph.D., is Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University, where he directs the Trauma Research Center within the Kinsey Institute. He holds the position of Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina and Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland. He served as president of both the Society for Psychophysiological Research and the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences and is a former recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Development Award. He has published more than 250 peer-reviewed scientific papers across several disciplines. In 1994 he proposed the Polyvagal Theory, which provides insights into the mechanisms mediating symptoms observed in several behavioral, psychiatric, and physical disorders including autism, anxiety, depression, ADD, PTSD, and schizophrenia. His research has led to the development of innovative interventions designed to stabilize behavioral and psychological states and to stimulate spontaneous social behavior that are being applied to autism and other clinical diagnoses.
Elizabeth Warner, Psy.D.
Dr. Elizabeth Warner is the lead developer of the Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment (SMART) complex trauma intervention model and Director of the Trauma Center’s SMART program. Dr. Warner has had a psychotherapy practice with adults, adolescents and children in Brookline for the past 25 years. Her specialization is in the area of child and adolescent development, family therapy, and the impact of parenting on adults. Special interests include adoption and adoptive families, the special nature and implications of that attachment, and the development of effective treatments for complex trauma in children and adolescents. She spent 15 years working with severely disordered children including traumatized children and their parents, using innovative methodologies and the use of videotape at the Language & Cognitive Development Center. In addition, she has worked in psychiatric inpatient and outpatient settings at Boston University Medical Center, schools, mental health clinics and residential treatment, providing therapy, teaching and consultation.
Margaret Blaustein, Ph.D.
Margaret Blaustein, Ph.D., is a practicing clinical psychologist whose career has focused on the understanding and treatment of complex childhood trauma and its sequelae. With an emphasis on the importance of understanding the child-, the family-, and the provider-in-context, her study has focused on identification and translation of key principles of intervention across treatment settings, building from the foundational theories of childhood development, attachment, and traumatic stress. With Kristine Kinniburgh, Dr. Blaustein is co-developer of the Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC) treatment framework (Kinniburgh & Blaustein, 2005), and co-author of the text, Treating Complex Trauma in Children and Adolescents: Fostering Resilience through Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competence (Blaustein & Kinniburgh, 2010). She has provided extensive training and consultation to providers within the US and abroad.
Deborah Korn, Psy.D.
Deborah L. Korn, Psy.D., has been an EMDR facilitator and instructor with the EMDR Institute for the past 25 years. She is a co-investigator in an NIMH-funded study of EMDR vs. Prozac in the treatment of PTSD with Bessel van der Kolk, M.D., and lead author on the article, Preliminary Evidence of Efficacy for EMDR Resource Development and Installation in the Stabilization Phase of Treatment of Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, in the Journal of Clinical Psychology. Dr. Korn is an EMDRIA-approved consultant in EMDR, a member of the EMDRIA Clinical Advisory Board, and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research. She presents and consults internationally on the treatment of adult survivors of childhood abuse and neglect and other EMDR-related topics.
Frank Anderson, M.D.
Frank Guastella Anderson, M.D., completed his residency and was a clinical instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is both a psychiatrist and psychotherapist. He specializes in the treatment of trauma and dissociation and is passionate about teaching brain-based psychotherapy and integrating current neuroscience knowledge with the IFS model of therapy. Dr. Anderson is the vice chair and director of the Foundation for Self Leadership, and he is a trainer at the Center for Self Leadership with Richard Schwartz, PhD. Dr. Anderson maintains a long affiliation with, and trains for the Trauma Center, and he serves as an Advisor to the International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP). He is co-author of the Internal Family Systems Skills Training Manual, and maintains a private practice in Concord, MA.
Jennifer Lefebre, Psy.D.
Jennifer Lefebre, Psy.D., RPT-S, is a clinical supervisor and EMDR consult facilitator at the Trauma Center. She is a Registered Play Therapist – Supervisor, and has received specialized training in ARC, SMART, TC-TSY, TF-CBT, Theraplay, and PCIT-A. Dr. Lefebre’s clinical and research interests center on the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, adults and families whose lives have been impacted by complex trauma. She has experience working with young children (0-5), adult survivors of severe childhood abuse and neglect, and combat veterans with PTSD. She has worked in residential treatment, psychiatric inpatient and community mental health settings, and schools, and has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate level. She has provided trainings around the country integrating play therapy and evidence-based trauma practices.
Jana Pressley, Psy.D
Jana Pressley, Psy.D. is Director of Training and Professional Development at the Trauma Center, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Richmont Graduate University. Dr. Pressley was formerly the Clinical Training and Associate Professor in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program at Wheaton College Graduate School. Her research interests are focused on the experience of court-involved young adults who have suffered relational trauma in the midst of chronic poverty and community violence, as well as the impact of complex trauma history on adult spirituality and meaning-making. Clinically, Dr. Pressley serves as a therapist and supervisor at a community-based counseling center, where she specializes in the treatment of individuals and families whose lives have been impacted by complex trauma. Dr. Pressley founded and directed a non-profit agency for uninsured/underinsured individuals and families in Chattanooga, TN. She is is a national ARC trainer and consultant, and also trains on the impact of trauma on adult spirituality.
Ruth Lanius, MD, Ph.D.
Ruth Lanius, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry is the director of the posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) research unit at the University of Western Ontario. She established the Traumatic Stress Service and the Traumatic Stress Service Workplace Program, services that specialize in the treatment and research of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and related comorbid disorders. She currently holds the Harris-Woodman Chair in Mind-Body Medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario. She has authored more than 100 published papers and chapters in the field of traumatic stress and is currently funded by several federal funding agencies.  She regularly lectures on the topic of PTSD nationally and internationally. She has recently published a book The Impact of Early Life Trauma on Health and Disease with Eric Vermetten and Clare Pain.
Alexandra Cook, Ph.D.
Dr. Alexandra Cook, Ph.D. has been with the Trauma Center since 1995. Dr. Cook graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Psychology and then obtained her M.A. and Ph.D. at Boston University. After completing her post-doctoral fellowship at the Trauma Center, she went on to become the Director of Children's Services from 1997 until 2004. Dr. Cook has a special interest in trauma evaluations and psychological testing. She has co-authored a book, With the Phoenix Rising: Lessons from Ten Resilient Women Who Overcame the Trauma of Childhood Sexual Abuse, and been the lead author on a white paper, Complex Trauma in Children and Adolescents.

Click here for information about our Speakers and to access additional speaker bios.

Who is this training for?

Practitioners committed to:

  1. Transforming their practice with advanced knowledge in the development, neurobiology, and treatment of trauma…from childhood through adulthood
  2. Integrating the latest research and innovative treatment modalities with their clients (and learning about the future of trauma interventions)
  3. Improving clinical treatment outcomes, while preventing burnout and improving self-care

This post-graduate level course is recommended for practitioners who are licensed mental health providers and who currently see clients or provide mental health services.

Continuing Education credits available!
Earn up to 73 CE Hours included in the course tuition. Click here for CE credit details and details specific to your profession.

Want to know more about the course outline? Click here for course objectives and outline.

Additional questions about this certificate training? Please contact PESI toll free at 800-844-8260.
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