Integrated Trauma Training Program

Over the past 30 years there have been major breakthroughs in our understanding of the human brain. We now know that psychological trauma profoundly affects the human nervous system. This knowledge has led to the development of powerful new models of treatment. People suffering from seemingly intractable symptoms are getting better.

Despite the hope and enthusiasm generated by the new treatment approaches, good clinical skill in treating trauma has proved daunting to obtain.

The Challenges of Becoming a Trauma Therapist

Theoretical knowledge does not automatically translate into clinical skill when it comes to psychological trauma. Hands-on clinical experience is essential.
– Trauma training in academic settings is usually limited to a single course that, of necessity, can offer only a general overview of trauma theory and treatment.
– Rigorous training in treatment of psychological trauma has not reached the majority of U.S. hospitals and mental health programs.
– Although many powerful treatment modalities for treatment of trauma have been developed, no one modality works for all trauma survivors.
– Treating trauma survivors can be challenging. Becoming skilled requires facing one’s own limitations as a clinician and human being. Few of us can learn these skills in isolation without support.

Two Year Integrated Trauma Training Program

The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy’s two year Integrated Trauma Training Program is the only comprehensive learning sequence in trauma New York Metropolitan area. At the completion of our program, you will have received:

  • A thorough grounding in the neurobiological principals that underlie psychological trauma.
  • Integration of trauma theory with psychodynamic understanding.
  • Intensive training in methods for reducing hyper and hypo arousal,
  • Introduction to what we have found to be the four most effective techniques for processing trauma symptoms: EMDR, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Internal Family Systems, and A.E.D.P.,
  • A unique clinical opportunity to provide 120 hours of trauma focused therapy to ICP clinic patients,
  • 30 hours per year of individual supervision tailored to each trainee’s experience and interests,
  • 90 hours of group consultation which will parallel the material of the theory courses and deepen understanding of that theory that is being taught,
  • A First Year weekly seminar on transference and counter-transference helps you to develop self awareness and encourages you to address the concerns, confusion and anxieties generated by working with this difficult population

The Specific Elements of our Program

  • The Integrated Trauma Training Program of the Trauma Studies Center is designed for licensed mental health professionals who seek a specialization in trauma treatment. It offers a two-year sequence of learning.
  • Our Program will provide you with a thorough grounding in contemporary trauma theory and practice, including the latest contributions from neurobiology, attachment theory, and dissociation. You will be taught to assess and treat trauma and will be introduced to a range of new and effective trauma therapies including EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, AEDP, and Internal Family Systems.
  • The Program integrates this mind/brain/body approach to trauma within a psychodynamic framework. You will learn to address the issues you are likely to encounter in trauma treatment and to attend to the personal and professional impact of trauma work.
  • The program seeks to deepen learning by providing an individual supervision component.



The Training Program offers a 4-semester sequence of coursework that moves the student from theory to treatment, with increasing emphasis on clinical application. Semester One is an overview that introduces the basic concepts and vocabulary of trauma theory and treatment. Semesters Two and Three parallel Herman’s stages of trauma treatment. We first review methods for stabilizing clients whose affect regulation capacities are compromised by hyper- arousal and/or avoidance. In Semester three we will study techniques for processing traumatic memories. Semester Four offers a series of guest presentations that demonstrate how experienced clinicians actually use and integrate trauma theory with specialized client populations.

Semester 1: Foundations of Trauma Theory

This introductory course describes contemporary theories of posttraumatic stress, using findings from the fields of neurobiology, attachment and dissociation. It explains how trauma-induced changes in the brain manifest as PTSD symptoms, looks at the way childhood attachment influences trauma, and examines dissociation and its role in the trauma disorders.

Semester 2: Stabilization

This course introduces the concept of Phase-Oriented Treatment and focuses on the initial stage of therapy, stabilization, the foundation of all safe and effective trauma work. Students are taught how to create and implement a plan and learn a variety of different stabilization techniques, including psychoeducation, use of language, affect regulation, use of the therapeutic relationship, resourcing, and medication. Each theory class is followed by a “lab” in which students apply these techniques to their own work.

Semester 3: Trauma Processing

In September of the Second Year, trainees are offered Level I and II of EMDR training. The didactic course provides an overview of three other trauma processing models – Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), Somatic Experiencing and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (SE and SMP) and Internal Family Systems(IFS). Students learn the basics of each model, review that model’s understanding of psychic change and discuss how it might be integrated with psychodynamic therapy and other therapeutic approaches.

Semester 4: Special Topics in Trauma Treatment

The final semester introduces a variety of topics of special interest to trauma therapists: such as addiction, immigration and cultural issues, domestic violence, combat veterans and LGBTQ issues. A series of guest lecturers are invited to present in their area of specialty.

Group Consultation

Group consultation is an opportunity for candidates to share cases and work together to clarify core concepts and common themes that emerge in trauma treatment.

Individual Supervision

  • Candidates are required to complete 30 hours of weekly individual supervision each academic year. Supervision is held at a mutually agreeable time in the supervisor’s office.
  • Candidates may choose from a list of Training Program supervisors who have been selected for their expertise in trauma treatment and in several of the modalities offered in the curriculum.
  • Individual supervision provides a place to follow cases in depth over time. With supervisory guidance, candidates have the opportunity to discuss dynamics, develop detailed treatment plans, explore transference and counter-transference, and apply new treatment techniques.
  • In the Second Year, therapists who are certified EMDR consultants by EMDRIA will assist trainees in introducing and implementing EMDR treatment to appropriate patients. Trainees completing Level I and Level II EMDR Training with 10 or more hours of supervised EMDR group consult at ICP, will receive certificates of completion from the EMDR trainer.

Seminar on Transference and Counter-Transference

The Transference and Counter-Transference Seminar is designed to increase awareness of the impact of traumatic material on the mind and body of the therapist and to encourage self-care. It offers a safe place to reflect upon and monitor countertransference reactions to trauma survivors, to practice stabilization and mindfulness methods and to discuss and clarify understanding of didactic material.

Clinical Work

Work with trauma patients is an important aspect of trauma training. Trainees are required to treat two ICP clinic trauma patients for a total of 120 hours over two years. Patients may be seen at the clinic or in the student’s private office. The clinic treatment rooms are in high demand on weekday nights; thus, we encourage students to schedule treatment hours on weekends or during daytime hours if at all possible. 

Academic Schedule

  • First Semester: September – January
    Mid-year Break
    Second Semester: February – May
    Wednesdays: 9:00 am—1:00 pm

The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy
1841 Broadway at 60th Street, 4th floor

First Year
9:00 am – 10:30 am: Theory Class
10:30 – 12:00pm: Group Case Consultation
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Process Group

Second Year
9:00am – 10:30am: Didactic Class
10:30am – 12:00pm: Group Case Consultation
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Process Group


Our Faculty

I.C.P. was the first New York City psychotherapy training institute to offer comprehensive training in the theory and treatment of psychological trauma. We are deeply committed to trauma training that is integrated with more traditional clinical modalities. Since 2004, our program has been successively refined so that what you learn and when you learn it can successfully integrate theory and clinical practice.

Our faculty are all psychodynamically trained. Most are skilled in one or more methods of trauma processing. Many have published articles on trauma and other subjects. All of us are in active clinical practice ourselves. As a team we offer you literally thousands of hours of treatment and supervisory experience. Above all, we care deeply that the process of your learning is both challenging and supportive.

Who is eligible for our Program?

To be eligible for our program, you will need to have a masters in social work, mental health counseling or another related mental health field. In addition we usually require at least two years of post degree clinical experience. If you are not fully licensed, you can accrue hours towards your license in I.C.P.’s distinguished adult treatment clinic.


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The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy provides training without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity or any other classification protected under applicable federal, state and local law.