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NBCC: ITTI is an approved National Board for Certified Counselors continuing education provider. ACEP # 6674

NASW: This course is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval #886782500-1939) for 13 continuing education contact hours.

CERTIFICATION: This course provides the education component for certification. For all other certification requirements go to Evergreen Certifications


  • This course will require 2.5-3 hours per module. You can log on at any time, for as much time as you want.
  • The course is built around 6 modules. Each module is presented as a narrated PowerPoint along with additional videos and articles.
  • At the end of each module participants are expected to pass a weekly quiz with a minimum grade of 80% in order to advance to the next module.
  • Participants must complete the modules in the order they are presented. Completion documentation will be provided after the 6th module.


Social Workers, by definition, use their professional knowledge base to work with vulnerable populations, including clients affected by a wide range of traumatic events. This course examines the current theories and practices regarding the neurobiological, psychosocial and socio-cultural components of trauma of trauma. Various dimensions addressed by clinical social workers regarding traumatic reactions and recovery throughout the life span will be explored. Emphasis is placed on concrete skill acquisition and interventions that have applicability to a range of contexts and populations traditionally served by the social work profession. Additionally, social workers will learn how to reduce the prevalence of secondary traumatization, and to recognize the need for ongoing self-care.

This 6-module online training will cover the following topics:

  • Defining and understanding the nature of trauma
  • The historical events and seminal figures that contributed to the development of the field of traumatic stress
  • Understand major research, treatment interventions, and important literature in the field of traumatic stress
  • The active ingredients in healing traumatic stress
  • Evidence-based interventions, common factors and emerging trends for effective treatment of traumatic stress
  • The common factors for healing traumatic stress
  • The therapeutic relationship and positive expectancy (relational factors) for positive outcomes in treatment
  • Reciprocal inhibition, relaxation, self-­regulation, exposure and narrative in the treatment of traumatic stress
  • The potential deleterious personal effects associated with treating traumatic stress
  • The DSM-V diagnostic criteria for posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Knowledge of prominent clinical assessment tools and instruments
  • Understanding peri-traumatic dissociation
  • The role of scoring and interpretation of assessment and its application to case conceptualization
  • The elements of various interview protocols (e.g., semi-structured interview, mental status exam, PIDIB) as they apply to the treatment of traumatic stress
  • The Tri-phasic Model as standard of care when treating traumatic stress
  • The psycho-educational components of early treatment of traumatic stress
  • The roles of perceived threat, stress, PNS/SNS, and somatization in the symptoms of traumatic stress and their management
  • Identify and discuss the effective treatments for traumatic stress
  • Demonstrate procedural understanding of the use of IATP Five Narrative Model for Desensitization and reprocessing of traumatic memories
  • Principles and practices for treating traumatized children/adolescents, comparing and contrasting these with those for adult.

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