Become a Certified Trauma Therapist or Life Coach

According to the American Psychological Association, over half the population has experienced trauma. Unfortunately, this is not news to you. As a licensed therapist or life coach, you are seeing the effects on your clients every day. They may present with symptoms of dissociation, depression, anxiety or a host of other behavioral and psychological issues. The challenge lies in identifying and treating the root cause, not just the symptoms. This is where the Instinctual Trauma Response™ (ITR) method will help.

Discuss opportunities with our traumatology faculty.

Traumatology Coursework Approved by NBCC and NASW

Approved by both the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the ITR evidence-supported treatment method takes a different approach to treating trauma. Instead of “What’s wrong with the client?” the question becomes “What’s happened to the client?” ITR gives structure, words and historical context to traumatic events without the client reliving the trauma.

Accelerated Approach for Both Adults and Children

What else is different about ITR?

  • Treatment time to success – hours vs years: Unlike many other psychodynamic approaches, processing a single traumatic event can happen quickly, even in as little as one session.
  • Integrates seamlessly with other therapeutic models: Regardless of your psychodynamic or psychoanalytical approach, ITR adapts to become part of your process.
  • Can be used with both children and adults: This method can be applied to clients as young as 3 – or 93.

Trauma Training Certification Process

The trauma training certification is comprised of three segments.

1. The 10-hour Accelerated Traumatology 101 Online Course: In this first phase, you will have an opportunity to learn from a faculty group that includes the co-founder of the methodology, Dr. Linda Gantt. Some of the topic areas include:

  • The history of trauma and the Instinctual Trauma Response;
  • How the brain reacts to trauma;
  • Specific clinical methods effective in treating clients with PTSD, CPTSD and dissociative disorders,
  • Applying the techniques with non-verbal or child clients; and
  • A foundation in art-informed therapy techniques that support the ITR approach.

The segment has been approved for 10 continuing education credits for licensed mental health practitioners by NBCC and NASW.

2. The 3-day Accelerated Traumatology 102 Live Course: In this second phase, you will be in a small learning session with other trainees where you will have an opportunity to:

  • Gain confidence in your skills;
  • Demonstrate your understanding of key procedures and methods using the Instinctual Trauma Response Method for trauma treatment; and
  • Show your ability to apply those methods effectively.

It is an experiential course, where you will have the opportunity to observe live sessions, as well as conduct them, and support fellow trainees as you each learn to deal with different populations and situations.

The segment has been approved for 18 continuing education credits for licensed therapists by NBCC and NASW.

3. Accelerated Traumatology 102 Consultation Calls: In this final phase, you will work with a Certified Instructor and a group of active therapists applying the ITR method in different settings and with various populations. This includes 10 (ten) interactive video calls with case studies presented by participants and then discussed by the group. There is a 30-minute private introduction call and a 1-hour exit call with a Certified Instructor. The introduction call is to make sure the participant understands the method and answer any questions, and the exit call is where the participant present assessments, psychoeducation, a timeline, a full Graphic Narrative process and an Externalized Dialogue procedure and a follow up example to demonstrate they are confident with the process and keep fidelity to the ITR™method.

Successful completion of this final step results in your Certification as a Trauma Therapist or Life Coach in the ITR method.

The ITR method helps clients address the effects of harm produced by trauma and stop the negative effects from continuing. It’s a a trauma treatment approach that honors the whole person."

Christy Pagels, LPC, ATR-BC, CTT

ITR Method Founders

With over 30 years of clinical experience helping individuals dealing with trauma and other mental health challenges, psychiatrist Dr. Lou Tinnin and art therapist Dr. Linda Gantt developed and tested the approach in their practices. Dr. Linda Gantt now focuses on training the next generation of therapists to help their clients process trauma and improve their lives.

Discuss opportunities with our traumatology faculty.