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Our vision is to reduce the suffering and isolation of those wounded by overwhelming terror, humiliation, and helplessness. We seek to do so through the training of trauma clinicians, the treatment of trauma survivors, and community education.

Integrated Trauma Training

ICP was the first New York City psychotherapy training institute to offer comprehensive training in the theory and treatment of psychological trauma and continues to be the most clinically focused certificate program in the New York City metropolitan area.

Our faculty are all seasoned practitioners who are skilled in one or more methods of trauma processing. Many have published articles on trauma and other subjects. All are in active clinical practice, with countless years of psychotherapy and supervisory experience. Major breakthroughs in neuroscience have profoundly changed how we comprehend and treat psychological trauma, now central to the mental health field. Therapy patients actively seek trauma-trained practitioners who recognize this paradigm shift and are skilled in treating psychological trauma.

Since 2004, our program has been successively refined to effectively combine theory and clinical practice. Through in-depth supervision, group case consultation, and practicums, our candidates develop an integrated understanding of psychological trauma and the practical clinical skills necessary to treat traumatized clients effectively. Above all, we care deeply that the process of your learning will be both challenging and supportive.

Academic Calendar

First Semester: September – January
Mid-year Break
Second Semester: February – May

Class Schedule on Wednesdays:
9:00 am – 11:20 am: Didactic Class and Experiential Training
11:30 am – 1:00 pm: Group Case Consultation

Eligibility

To be eligible for our program, you will need to have a master’s in mental health field like social work or mental health counseling, or a doctorate in psychology or other mental health profession. 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 through ICP’s adult treatment clinic. Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Graduate degree in either psychology, social work, counseling, pastoral counseling, medicine, psychiatric nursing, or other mental health profession
  • License or Limited Permit

Readiness for Training:
The applicant’s previous training and experience will be assessed as part of the admissions process. Because trauma work is demanding and involves many new concepts, basic therapeutic skills should already be in place. Applicants should have some familiarity with psychodynamic concepts such as transference and countertransference.

Tuition and Expenses/Fees

  • Tuition for the 2024-2025 academic year is $3,875.
  • Tuition is subject to change annually.
  • The tuition covers course work and group supervision. Candidates are responsible for individual supervision fees.
  • Please note that expenses for training directly related to one’s profession may be considered a tax-deductible expense.

Graduation Requirements

At the completion of our program, you will have received:
  • A thorough grounding in the neurobiological principles that underlie psychological trauma
  • An integrative understanding of trauma theory and attachment theory as they relate to trauma, dissociation, and developmental trauma
  • Instruction in how to apply trauma theory phase-oriented treatment, and clinical interventions to use in your clinical practice
  • Intensive training in techniques to address symptoms of posttraumatic stress, including hyper- and hypo-arousal, using the most effective interventions from modalities focused on regulation and stabilization like hypnosis, schemas, mindfulness, etc.
  • Training in Levels 1 & 2 of EMDR
  • Introduction to what we have found to be three additional effective techniques for processing trauma symptoms and memory reconsolidation: Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Internal Family Systems (IFS), and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)
  • A unique clinical experience of providing at least 120 hours of trauma-focused therapy to ICP clinic patients
  • At least 60 hours per year of individual supervision with seasoned trauma-trained supervisors
  • 90 hours of group case consultation, including EMDR group case consultation in the second year of training

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Scholarships and tuition assistance are available to candidates who might qualify.

We are also proud to offer the Drs. Kenneth and Mamie Clark BIPOC Scholarship, which awards one scholarship of two full years of tuition to a trauma therapist who is Black, Indigenous, and/or a Person of Color.

Please email the Trauma Program Manager at trauma@icpnyc.org for more information about how to apply.

Curriculum

COURSEWORK:
Over two years, the Training Program offers a four-semester sequence of coursework that moves the student from theory to treatment, with increasing emphasis on clinical application. Each theory course will provide the opportunity to learn concepts and practice skills.

Semester 1 provides an overview introducing the fundamental concepts and vocabulary of trauma theory and treatment, its history, its neurobiology, and the impact of systemic racism. In Semester 2, candidates will learn methods for stabilizing clients, and in Semester 3, we study techniques for processing traumatic memories. During Semester 3, candidates will be trained in EMDR Levels 1 & 2 and will receive at least ten hours of EMDR group case consultation as part of their training. In addition, Semester 4 offers a series of guest presentations that demonstrate how experienced clinicians integrate trauma theory with specialized client populations.
Sample Curriculum:

Semester 1: Foundations of Trauma Theory
Semester 2: Stabilization
Semester 3: Trauma Processing
Semester 4: Special Topics in Trauma Treatment

GROUP CONSULTATION

In weekly group case consultation, candidates share cases and work together to clarify core concepts and common themes that emerge in trauma treatment under the guidance of a faculty member. Candidates also share and receive support while processing their experiences in the program.

EMDR CERTIFICATION

In the second year of the training program, candidates will receive Level 1 and Level 2 EMDR training in two multiday modules in addition to their didactic coursework. The second-year group consultants are also EMDRIA certified.

INDIVIDUAL SUPERVISION

  • Candidates are required to complete 30 hours of weekly individual supervision each academic year. Supervision is held at a mutually agreeable time, either virtually or in-person.
  • 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 assigned from the ICP clinic in depth and over time. With supervisory guidance, candidates have the opportunity to discuss dynamics, develop detailed treatment plans, explore transference and countertransference, and integrate trauma treatment techniques.

Application Process

To apply to the Trauma Training Program, we require the following:

  • A completed application with a $75 application fee
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Copy of license

Applicants will be contacted to schedule personal interviews with members of the Training Committee. The Training Committee reviews applications and informs applicants of its decision.

Application Deadline: 
Rolling, with new applications accepted for the 2024-2025 academic year from April 2024 onward. Application Due Date: June 30th

2024-2025 Information Sessions
Check our Events page for upcoming Info Sessions

Ready to apply?
Access the application and pay the application fee using the buttons above.

For more information about our program, the application process, or scholarships/financial aid:
Contact our Program Manager, Dominika Mazurová, at trauma@icpnyc.org

Director, Training Committee, Faculty, Supervisors

Division Director
Faige Flakser, LCSW
Training Committee
Sara Eldridge, LCSW
Alidra Solday, LCSW
Fran Vazquez, LMHC
Yaelle Yoran, LCSW
Joelle James, LMSW
Laura Levitt, LMSW
Faculty
Faige Flakser, LCSW
Yaelle Yoran, LCSW
Nancy Payne, PhD, LCSW, MA
Simona Yland MD, MPH, LMFT
Rose Latino, PhD, LCSW
Lily Kim, LMHC
Lana Epstein, LICSW
Gregory D. Carson, LCSW
Hatti Figge, LCSW
Verena Salvi, LCSW
Mary Dove, LCSW
Amelia Yankey, LCSW
Mark Nickerson, LICSW
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