Trauma Recovery Course Outline

A Wholistic Approach to Trauma-Informed Training

Trauma affects all aspects of human functioning – physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and social – and is a condition of disempowerment.  The advanced trauma-informed theory and strategies, taught in the Trauma Recovery Certification training, give you the skills to empower traumatized individuals as you offer them help and support for their healing in each of these aspects of humanness.  During this training you learn to apply advanced trauma-informed knowledge to assist those who are traumatized reclaim resilience, rebuild healthy families and communities, and in turn find hope for brighter futures.


1) The primary goal of the Trauma Recovery Certification Training is that you gain the knowledge and skills necessary to work in a more holistic way with individuals, groups, families and communities who have experienced trauma.

2) Since, basic to this training is the belief that a therapeutic helper can bring another only as far along the healing journey, as he or she has already come, a second goal is the facilitation of personal healing experiences for each student. Watch the following sample:


The teaching and learning experiences offered in Taking Flight’s Trauma Recovery Certification Training allow you to:

1) Gain up-to-date and relevant knowledge of trauma theories and therapeutic approaches.

2) Increase ability to recognize the biophysical, behavioral, emotional, mental, spiritual, social and cultural responses to a traumatic life event.

3) Gain knowledge and skill in using counseling strategies to alleviate distress symptoms and to empower those who are traumatized.

4) Acquire knowledge and skill in using strategies which gain the attention of the brain’s right hemisphere, including deep trance work, imagery, therapeutic art, dream processing and energy work to alleviate the symptoms of trauma and to promote gentle and rapid healing.

5) Apply the Four Part Model for Healing Trauma©

6) Advance personal and professional growth and identify strategies to prevent vicarious trauma .

7) Develop a trauma recovery practice that allows those who are traumatized live a full and productive life.

Course Content Overview

Unit One: Creating a Framework for Therapeutic Practice (6 hours)

Unit Two: Safety First (10 hours)

Unit Three: Facilitating Therapeutic Groups (12 hours)

Unit Four: History and Parameters of Trauma Therapy (5 hours)

Unit Five: The Psycho-neurophysiology of Trauma and PTSD (10 hours)

Unit Six: Assessment and Diagnosis of Psychological Trauma (8 hours)

Unit Seven: Spiritually in the Therapeutic Process (10 hours)

Unit Eight: Working with Symbolic Language (10 hours)

Unit Nine: The Impact of Trauma in Childhood (14 hours)

Unit Ten: Domestic Violence: Breaking the Cycle (10 hours)

Unit Eleven: Power and Control Aspects of Trauma (14 hours)

Unit Twelve: Boundaries and Boundary Transgression (10 hours)

Unit Thirteen: Memory, Emotion and Body Responses (8 hours)

Unit Fourteen: Reclaiming Lost Aspects of the Self (16 hours)

Unit Fifteen: Reconnecting with Life (6 hours)

Unit Sixteen: The Therapeutic Helper in a Therapeutic Setting (6 hours)

Unit Seventeen: Appendix (1 hour)

Skills Obtained During Module One of the Trauma Recovery Training 


During Module One You:

1) Apply an empowering model to help and heal those who are traumatized

2) Work with traumatized clients in each of the three stages of trauma recovery

3) Assess the effects of and alleviate the symptoms of trauma on the brain and nervous system

4) Assess and alleviate the impact of trauma on the physical, mental, emotional, behavioral and spiritual aspects of human functioning

5) Apply assessment measures for testing and evaluation of healing methods and for purposes of obtaining funding

6) Apply a crisis model of responding to initial trauma

7) Apply emotional safety strategies for individuals and for people in group settings

8) Remove emotional attachments

9) Manage dissociative responses and neurogenic shock

10) Remove flashbacks and nightmares

11) Apply energy-transfer healing techniques to help alleviate trauma symptoms

12) Apply therapeutic art to alleviate symptoms and promote trauma healing

13) Assist a traumatized individual in recognizing the symbolic messages offered in therapeutic art and during the dream state

14) Safely guide the individual client and those in groups to do deep inner healing work

15) Safely guide an individual to reclaim aspects of the self that may have remained at the trauma scene as if frozen in time.

16) Decrease feelings of fear and anxiety and increase feelings of security and belonging

17) Safely guide individuals in altering time-lines that lock them emotionally in their past

18) Cleanse any unhelpful energy from the energy space/aura surrounding the traumatized individual and create a shield of protection to help increase feelings of safety.

Skills Obtained During Module Two of the Trauma Recovery Training 

During Module Two You:

1) Help and heal childhood trauma

2) Apply strategies to increase bonding and attachment

3) Do deep inner work to heal relationship issues, past and present

4) Assist during times when there is or has been a misuse of power

5) Strengthen boundaries and reclaim personal power

6) Teach and coach empowering strategies

7) Implement empowering therapeutic counseling skills

8) Apply therapeutic measures to heal sexual abuse

9) Assess for self-injury and alleviate the need for self-injury

10) Assist during times of domestic violence and heal the effects of domestic violence

11) Apply suicide prevention, intervention and post- intervention techniques

12) Decrease and heal the impact of intergenerational trauma

13) Released stored cellular memories and emotional responses

14) Assess coping strategies and coach the use of positive coping skills

15) Apply advanced guided techniques and advanced therapeutic art techniques to heal deeply stored emotional and spiritual responses to past traumas

16) Prevent vicarious trauma and do effective self- care

17) Conduct healing rituals, including conducting a campfire ceremony for healing purposes

18) Assist the traumatized person to reconnect with life following the trauma healing

19) Coach the effective use of community resources.

20) Help traumatized individuals reclaim hope and joy and to celebrate their healing.


Conditions for Certification

1) Attendance at all sessions

2) Full participation in all activities and discussions

3) Achieving a passing grade (over 80%) on the Take Home Exam



Click to View Reasons for Success of This Training Over Other Trauma Training Programs

Reasons for the Success of the Trauma Recovery Certification Training Methods

 On a daily basis, people In numerous parts of the world, each day many are touched by the effects of trauma. While a variety of therapeutic approaches aimed at helping relieve trauma symptoms have been developed, most prove to be only minimally satisfactory. Several reasons exist for this lack of total effectiveness including:

1)    Many helping models do not offer strategies that are culturally appropriate in relation to the trauma history.


2)    A second reason why many models designed to offer help following a traumatic event are ineffective is because even though trauma affects every aspect of humanness most models focus almost solely on meeting emotional concerns and fail to offer a wholistic approach. This lack of attention to the total needs of traumatized human beings is most evident in the failure of most trauma models to address the spiritual concerns that surface following trauma, even though the deep soul needs of the individual, the family and the community are becoming increasing recognized.


3)    A further reason why many trauma approaches have been found lacking is because their focus is almost solely on the use of counseling skills, thus addressing only the needs of the brain’s left hemisphere while paying little if any attention to the needs of the brain’s right hemisphere. This continues in many cases to be so even though for more than a decade neurological evidence has suggested that during trauma, functions associated with the brain’s left hemisphere are interfered with, including the use of language for storage and recall of memories and the ability to analyze and store logical and contextual information (Perry, B. 2001; Scar, R. 2005;. van der Kolk, 1998). Furthermore, since 2004, due to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) there is evidence that those who suffer from post traumatic stress replay their traumatic memories through the sensory and imaging storage area of the brain’s right hemisphere (Lanius, R. 2004).


4)   Qualitative and quantitative evaluations, done on the strategies taught in the Taking Flight Trauma Recovery Certification training, show high levels of personal and professional satisfaction. Evaluations also reveal that when these methods are used in clinical practice, clients report they receive personal healing from their trauma. Research, to statically analyze the effectiveness of the methods and process is in progress.



Lanius, R. et al (2004). The Nature of Traumatic Memories: A 4-T fmri functional connectivity analysis. American Journal of Psychiatry, 161:36-44.

Perry, B. (2001). The Neurodevelopmental Impact of Violence in Childhood. In D. Schetky & E. Benedek (Eds.) Textbook of Child and Adolescent Forensic Psychiatry. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric press, Inc. (221-238).

Scaer, R. (2005). The Trauma Spectrum: Hidden Wounds and Human Resilience. New York: W.W. Norton.

van der Kolk, B. A. (1998, November). Neurobiology, Attachment and Trauma. Presentation at the annual meeting of the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies, Washington, D.C.



10 Responses to Trauma Recovery Course Outline

  1. Kathy Tuccaro says:

    I am so very interested in taking this course in 2016 whenever it occurs. I work for Imperial Oil up north on a 10 day on and 10 day off rotation. I am opening up a Women’s Resource Centre and this course would be such an asset to what I am doing. I am hoping it will land on my days off. If you know approximately in advance the possible date of the next course, I can look to see if I am working. I am also interested in the Grief course as well. Please let me know.

    Thank you!

    Kathy Tuccaro

  2. Marlane Tucker says:

    Hi Kathy,
    This is Marlane, Jane’s Program Manager. We are offering the Trauma Recovery Certificate 15 day training in Early Spring Module 1 is March 29 to April 4, 2016 and Module 2 June 6-12, 2016 in St. Albert. This may work with your schedule. We also offer the Trauma Recovery training in an Intensive 14 day timeframe August 8-21, 2016. Both Module 1 and 2 or offered together. If you were able to take Module 1 in March you could also look at Module 2 August 15-21 dates to finish Module 2 if the dates of June 6-12 don’t work for you.
    We have set the dates for the Grief Support training for 2016 as follows:
    April 11-15
    October 2-6
    I would love to know if any of these dares work for you.

  3. Carrie Langevin says:

    I am also interested in this training. And would likely need to split the dates up. do participants stay on site? I have a young child and that may be a bit too much time to be away.

  4. Kathy Tuccaro says:

    Hi there! I can take module 1 on aug 8-14th as I am off but return to work the 15th. I would have to take the second module some other time. March I am working from the 28-April 7th so will not be able to attend that one. Can’t attend the june one either as I land in Edmonton at noon on june 2nd so would be miss the morning. As for the grief support training I would be available april 11-15. I didn’t see a quote for the cost that one. If you could let me know how much that one is please. My email is I am headed back to work on nights Jan 8th for 10 nights but have access to my email. Thanks

  5. Hi Jane! What month and dates are you hosting this Grief support certification and trauma recovery certification training. Location of this training and overall cost for the courses and thanks

  6. Marlane Tucker says:

    Hi Rosie I have emailed you the information.We would love to see you in the courses.

  7. gagandeep says:

    I am interested in this course, but I am working during March -April course dates.Just wondering if you are offering in July-August or any other dates during this year.I will appreciate if you can send me the information on

  8. Marlane says:

    Hello Gagandeep,
    I have sent you an email with the Summer dates of July 24 to Aug 4, 2017.

  9. Cindy Lavallee says:

    Hello my name is Cindy, I am a RMT and also a farmer 11 years ago I too lost my youngest son and i was given your book Journey to the sacred it has been my guide through all the devistation. In the past 3 years I have been guided with the use of energy work helping heal along with my massage. I realize the great need for the energy healing as so many people are sent to me for that purpose. My journey is I believe to bring some peace to people . I would very much like to know when your courses are in 2018. Thankyou

  10. Marlane says:

    Thank you Cindy
    Here are the dates for the Spring Trauma Recovery Certification course delivered in 2 modules. Module 1 is April 3-9 and Module 2 is June 18-24, 2018.
    The Summer Intensive is offered in one 12 day session July 23-August 3, 2018. Both classes are held in St. Albert, Alberta. Please let me know if either of these dates work for you. This training will add another level to your skills. Blessings

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