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Course – Level 1 Trauma-Informed Psychotherapy Practice

120 hours over 10 weeks, including 4 hours of live online learning and reflecting team experience each week, plus 8 hours of self-directed online study per week. Learn with others in a supportive group setting.

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Introduction to Level 1 – Trauma-Informed Psychotherapy Practice +(TIPP+)

Creating a Culture of Care, Learning and Practice for Health Professionals

Date: Commencing March 1st, 2023

By Claire Hudson-McAuley

Post COVID and the increasing shortage of trained staff, there is an urgent need to invest more heavily in existing qualified staff, to respect, value, and look after them as never before.

The Growing Heart is launching a new course, Level 1 Trauma-Informed Psychotherapy Practice (TIPP+). Offering an introduction to trauma-informed relational psychotherapy, the course has the secondary aim of benefiting morale and retention of staff. The unique aspect of this course is the + aspect, where skills are practiced weekly in reflecting teams to create enriched connections among health professionals- fostering a Community of Care, Learning and Practice.

Level 1 TIPP+ program offers immediately useful, skills knowledge, attitudes, and behaviours to support recovery-oriented practice, with approaches which are humanising, practical and useful no matter which part of the health or well-being sector of practice. Use of Self as therapist is highlighted.

Participants will experience the safety and value of belonging and being of service to each other in the learning and growth space. Reflecting teams can become ongoing high quality Balint peer supervision groups after the training ends so that skills and peer support continue to develop and deepen after the course finishes. Additional levels of training are available after course completion if participants wish to progress skills and capacities.

The focus is on skills that have practical application and can be used in a wide variety of settings, including general hospital wards, Alcohol and Other Drug settings, midwifery, Emergency Departments, well-being centres, consulting rooms, first responder, and diverse mental health settings.

Led by experienced nurse psychotherapists, the course is open to all health-related clinicians, offering a range of contemporary approaches to trauma-informed care. Designed for clinicians wishing to claim or reclaim a more therapeutic role, to broaden or update their understanding of psychotherapy, or to enliven their roles, not just as therapists, but as carers, leaders, and strategic thinkers, the course includes, neuroscience, attachment and somatic aspects of trauma work.

Expected Professional Enhancements
For employees, graduates should expect to be supported by employers to practice within the full scope of their training and skill level, thus increasing job satisfaction and confidence in handling complexity, gaining improved standing in their current job, or being able to extend employment roles /options.

Others already in private practice or considering private practice can extend their trauma-informed therapy skills and develop wider professional networks and supervision groups, decreasing the isolation that can occur in private practice.

Additional modules may be requested in settings where trauma-informed group therapies or family therapy are needed, for example in AOD settings.

Who will benefit from this course?
The course will benefit health professionals seeking practical introductory psychotherapy skills and self- knowledge to work with a wide range of clients – adults, children, and families- experiencing sequelae of trauma. Sequelae may include acute and enduring distress, “treatment resistant” conditions, anxiety or depression, pre or post-natal anxiety or depression, emotional dysregulation or numbing, high levels of shame, collapse or social isolation, addictions, attachment or relational difficulties, anger issues, eating issues, high risk behaviours, behavioural issues, bullying, dissociation, self-harm, suicidality, psychosis, chronic pain, or somatic conditions with no apparent medical cause. The course encourages evidence-based practice.

Admissions Criteria

  • Registered nurse, nurse practitioner, GP, psychologist, counsellor, psychiatric registrar, psychiatrist, AOD counsellor, midwife, mental health nurse, social worker, occupational therapist, OT, EN or other health professional with at least twelve months post registration experience.
  • Clinical role working with individuals to practice skills
  • Member of a professional body such as AHPRA, AASW, or ACA, or an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Health Worker.
  • Must be fluent in written and spoken English and have access to a desktop or laptop computer and reliable internet.

Other Course Requirements

  • Willingness to work constructively and collaboratively with other students in supervised reflective teams
  • Ability to attend the course for four hours per week for ten weeks and complete eight hours per week of self- learning online before each session.
  • Able to attend intake interview online

Students will complete a self-assessment of their learning objectives and outcomes at the start and finish of the course, in conjunction with the course co-ordinator. Evaluation includes observation of practice and submitted work and will also assess participation in reflecting teams and the larger group. A “developing” or “competent” rating is required.

Confidentiality and de-identification of clients is a requirement of the course. Similarly, all client and student information discussed in large or small groups remains protected and confidential for the purpose of learning and skills development. Peer and facilitator support and feedback will be offered during the course, and students will be encouraged to form practice groups outside the weekly sessions to consolidate skills.

We expect the course content or self-reflection process may be unsettling for some students at times. Students should contact the Course Co-ordinator if this occurs, and will be referred to external support services if needed.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate introductory trauma-informed psychotherapy skills, knowledge, and attitudes.
  2. Highlight relational competency including impact of attachment styles on relational approaches.
  3. Integrate into practice, core components of the Self as therapist, including ongoing learning through supervision.
  4. Evaluate a range of socio-cultural and political frameworks relevant to mental health presentations.
  5. Demonstrate formulation of client conditions using a recovery-oriented, hopeful, non-stigmatising approach.
  6. Critique current system functionality as outlined in the RCMH Victoria Final Report.
  7. Embed advocacy for cultural and intersectional competencies and awareness into the work.

Structure and Duration
Hours per subject include four hours of live experiential learning and eight hours of self-directed learning per week- a total of 120 hours.

course timetable

The four-hour live learnings will include lectures, case studies, and role plays in reflecting teams to discuss and practice specific skills. Students will not be able to graduate without completing all course requirements. Absence due to illness or leave will need a doctor’s certificate and discussion with the course Co-ordinator to reschedule the missed week(s).

*Note: Dates above may be subject to change.

Qualification to be awarded on Completion of Coursework
Level 1 Trauma-Informed Psychotherapy Practice

Clinical Practice and Support
Students must have a clinical role that enables them to practice the new skills and apply theoretical learnings. Students will also be encouraged to form skills practice groups to consolidate skills, outside of training days.

The practicum week and final case presentation will allow students to reflect on application of new skills and new approaches to their work.

Employers must sign a consent form to agree to staff availability for four hours each week during the ten weeks of the program on either a Wednesday morning 0800-1200 or Thursday evening 1700-2100.

Mode of Delivery
This course is fully online and will include readings, videos, audio, live experiential group practice, reflecting team and course co-ordinator feedback, lectures, self-assessment quizzes, journaling and case scenarios demonstrating application of skills, knowledge and behaviours.

Fees for Level 1 Training starting March 1st 2023

  • Individual fees $1295 plus GST for individual nurses, social workers, ENs and AOD workers who are self- funding (fees are tax deductible)
  • Psychologists $1975 plus GST.
  • Psychiatry registrars $2975 plus GST, Psychiatrists $3975 plus GST.
  • Organisations may purchase additional modules for staff, e.g. Introduction to Group Therapy
  • Individuals can advance skills further with levels 2 and 3 trainings.

Please contact Claire Hudson-McAuley on 0408 509 110 or