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Trauma Therapy Intensive Training


Centre for Mental Health Education and CMHE Academy’s trauma therapy intensive training course with Peter King PhD offers online and in-person Intensive training for mental health professionals with a background in psychology, social work, mental health nursing, mental health OT, counselling and psychotherapy.

Our course is run over three-weekend workshop/ clinical implmentation blocks, over a 4 month period, reviewing both traditional and alternative theories of PTSD, CPTSD & BPD including (but not limited to) those developed by: Babette Rothschild (developer of Somatic Trauma Therapy); Marsha Linehan (developer of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy); Bessel van der Kolk, Judith Herman, M.D. at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA; the Bodynamic Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark; and Peter Levine, Ph.D., Ergos Institute, Boulder, Colorado, USA.

What is Included in our Intensive Program

Participants who register for this intensive training receive access to a range of resources and opportunities to extend their clinical practice in safe trauma therapy approaches including:

  • Online content including a range of clinical resources and teaching videos for a safe trauma therapy approach
  • Participants choosing the face-to-face option attend three x three-day intensive practice/implementation sessions (9 days in total)
  • 7 x Live Zoom sessions to prepare participants for the intensive practice/implementation sessions in phases 2 & 3
  • Once the program is completed, participants will meet the educational requirement for certification in Stabilisation Based Therapy
  • On completing this program, and presenting your DBT Informed approach you can also meet the educational and practice-based requirements of DBT Credentialing!

For further information please click on one of the following options Melbourne, or Online (you will be directed to our online program partner’s website CMHE Academy for further information).

Workshops Delivered in a Phase Based Approach

Following both a Somatic Trauma Therapy and Stabilisation Based Therapy approach, the Trauma Intensive Workshop is split into three phases. Participants follow the phase-based approach with their clients and this is replicated within the treatment. The program is scheduled over four months to support progress with your identified clients using this safe trauma therapy approach.

  • Reducing risks of trauma therapy is the focus of this workshop and the foundation of the entire training.
  • Theoretical material includes: psychology of stress and trauma – including the role of dissociation; physiology of stress and trauma – including how brain and nervous system communicate during and following traumatic events;
  • Defining types of trauma clients; “putting on the brakes” for containment, and safety, and regulating hyperarousal.
  • Experience with basic body awareness, muscle toning, boundaries, and the use of resources will provide the basis for direct practice during the remainder of the training.
  • Development and identification of client resources, skills and strategies for stabilisation
Theory and technique of therapeutic treatment will be the focus of this workshop.
  • Both cognitive and somatic sides of transference and countertransference will be explored.
  • Memory theory will be presented as it applies to traumatic memory.
  • In groups of three, participants will begin practicing Peter Irvine’s SIBAM dissociation model as a multifaceted tool that can be used to enhance resolution of trauma.
  • Participants will also be encouraged to use the theory they have learned to develop their own techniques.

Integration of both theoretical and practical material from all three workshops will be the focus, reinforcing the bridge between theory and practice.

  • Issues involved when trauma therapy is the sole aim of treatment, as well as when it is a part of long-term psychotherapy, will be addressed.
  • The BODYnamic ‘running technique’ will be introduced as an imaginal, mind/body integrative procedure for reawakening the flight reflex and reducing hyperarousal.
  • Participants will be supervised in making relevant choices of techniques both during role-plays and during client consultation.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have kept an eye on the Australian and international market for continuing professional development and have priced our workshops below that of many competitors. We currently do not receive government funding to deliver our workshops.

The most cost-effective way to register for one of CMHE’s workshops is to do so early. The dates and prices for our workshops are non-negotiable. Student places and groups of 5 or more are only offered at the early bird rate until two weeks before each workshop.

  • Pre-December Early Bird Registration $1,999 incl. GST (37% Discount)
  • Early Registrations $2,559 incl. GST (20% discount until 2 weeks before the workshop)
  • Last-Minute Registrations $3,199 incl. GST (Full price within 2 weeks of the workshop)

We have been delivering workshops since 1999 and have trialed a range of approaches including printing materials and providing them electronically to support all attendees’ development. To keep our prices low and avoid printing extensive resources, our service provides online access to all materials from this workshop via our CMHE Academy website.

If not having a printout of workshop resources prior to the workshop impacts your capacity to participate in this workshop, please contact our admin team at and they will send you a pdf version of the slides (no cost). Alternately, a workshop manual can be printed by our team and sent to you at the cost of $40 (includes postage).

No, we do not provide lunch for participants attending our workshops and courses. We do however arrange tea, coffee, and water from the beginning of each full-day workshop until the lunch break. Some locations also offer morning tea at an affordable rate so do offer morning tea at times.

Participants are given the option of a longer lunch or to order lunch at the morning tea break from local establishments and have their meal delivered to the training room.

We provide an electronic certificate to all participants of our workshops. Certificates can be downloaded from CMHE Academy and if you ever need to print them again you can do so from your CMHE Academy account.

Each year the Centre for Mental Health Education provides CPD opportunities to over 1,000 mental health professionals who claim their education with CMHE as CPD hours. All mental health professionals attending our CPD opportunities are eligible to claim CPD hours if the course/workshop/retreat is relevant to their work as mental health or counselling professionals. There is legislation and AHPRA acknowledgement of this very statement.

To record a professional development activity towards your CPD hours, members of mental health professional and counselling bodies are required to ensure the activity is relevant to them and is consistent with the categories defined in your particular professional body’s CPD Policy.

Health practitioners registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency must undertake continuing professional development (CPD). The CPD requirements of each National Board are detailed in the Registration Standards for each profession, published on each Board’s website (see below links for AHPRA CPD Statements). For professions not registered under AHPRA, their associations have professional development requirements.

Centre for Mental Health Education (CMHE) and our affiliates no longer seek the external endorsement of mental health professionals and counselling bodies due to AHPRA’s acknowledgement that when activities are relevant to your clinical practice they do not require such endorsement. Members of all mental health professional and counselling registration bodies can still accrue CPD hours by participating in activities of the Centre for Mental Health Education. Your CPD activity must be determined to be relevant to your individual professional requirements. 

All CMHE programs have been developed by qualified mental health professionals who are currently practising in their professional area, hold post-graduate qualifications, and are peer-reviewed. If CMHE courses are relevant to your practice as a mental health professional then our courses meet the requirements of mental health professional and counselling registration bodies as outlined by the Australian Health Practitioner legislation.

Please check with your professional leader or registered professional organisation for recommendations.

AHPRA CPD Statements

Non-government Associations & Professional Bodies CPD Statements