LEVEL I Certificate Program

In an exciting, supportive, professional environment, clinical social workers and other mental health professionals will gain an in-depth understanding of the myriad dynamics related to trauma and its reverberating effect on clients’ cognitions, affect, social functioning, and behavioral choices.

The philosophical underpinning of the program is a de-pathologized, strengths-based approach to the assessment and treatment of adolescent and adult survivors of trauma, abuse, and neglect.

Symptoms will be re-framed as inevitable, creative coping strategies that “make sense” when put into the historical context of trauma or a dysfunctional family-of-origin.

Practitioners will learn many creative, effective, and empathic ways to help clients re-claim a sense of healthy empowerment, achieve a much higher level of functioning, and integrate the resources necessary for genuine healing.

Additionally, practitioners will explore issues of counter-transference and vicarious traumatization and will learn how to engage in self-care, enhance boundaries, and work in ways that improve efficacy and reduce professional burn-out.

There will be many opportunities to experience, firsthand, the artistic and creative treatment modalities introduced throughout the program. Thus enabling clinicians to try out new techniques before integrating them into their practice settings.


Participants will learn on both didactic and experiential levels. Power point slides, hand-outs, role plays, videotapes, experiential art and writing exercises, Q and A sessions, case presentations, interactive discussions, processing written work, and small group work will all be incorporated into the program, thus accommodating a variety of learning styles.

CEU’s, Requirements, and Registration

The certificate Program is comprised of 54 Category 1 Continuing Education Units (CEU’s). This also includes 3 credit hours in Ethics, which can be used to meet the mandatory requirement in Ethics training.

This program has been approved by The Board of Social Work Examiners, The Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists, and The Board of Examiners for Psychologists in Maryland. Reciprocal approval is also granted to social workers in Washington D.C., Virginia, and West Virginia.

Participants must have an MSW, or a comparable clinical degree, or currently be enrolled in graduate school, pursuing a clinical degree. In order to receive the Certificate in Advanced Trauma Treatment, all participants will be required to take and pass an on-line, open book, multiple choice exam to demonstrate knowledge obtained from the program.

Additionally, participants must attend all nine classes on the indicated training dates in order to receive their Certificate. If emergent life circumstances preclude attendance at a class, you can make it up at the next training series, but certificates will not be granted until all nine classes have been completed. If you do need to make-up a class, there is no extra fee involved: payment entitles you to take all nine classes, even if you have to extend your time frame to complete the program.

This training is offered twice a year: September-December (Fall Series) and March-June (Spring Series).

Fall 2016 program dates are as follows:

  • September 7, 15, and 27
  • October 10
  • November 4, 21, and 30
  • December 13 and 21

Cost of Classes

Cost for the entire training is $1,950.00 and includes a copy of Lisa’s book “Treating Self-Destructive Behaviors in Trauma Survivors.” Please note that upon completing your registration, your credit card will be charged a $50 NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT to secure your spot in the training.  The remaining cost is payable in three installments as follows:

  • August 23, 2016 – $600
  • October 7, 2016 – $650
  • November 28, 2016 – $650

You can either pay by credit card, check or money order.  If you are paying by credit card, your card will be charged on the three payment dates listed above.  If you are paying by check, a $50 deposit will need to be received to secure your spot in the training, and three installments will be due, in person, on the same dates mentioned above.  Checks should be made out to T.I.A.P.T.E., Inc.

The cost of the program includes:

  • All hand-out materials
  • Full breakfast
  • Afternoon snacks
  • A small gift related to self-care on each training day
  • CEU certificates after each part of the training
  • Final certificate upon completion of the program

Location of Classes

All classes are held at the Doubletree Hilton Hotel.  The Hilton Hotel offers special corporate rates for Institute participants who wish to stay at the hotel the night before or after a training.  Please click here to make your reservation so that you can get our corporate rate of $107 per night.

Click here to view the Trauma Certificate Level I Course Content.