CTS Certification

Certified Trauma Specialist


The Certified Trauma Specialist Course

This is a 10-week interactive course that explores the definition of trauma, its impact on our physical and mental health, its long-reaching effect from generation to generation, and the overarching, long-term effect it can have on our daily lives.

Tuesdays at 7:30pm EST starting 7/25/23

Wednesdays at 1pm EST starting 7/26/23

When signing up for the CTS Course, the Managing Stress & Anxiety online self-paced course will be added on as a FREE bonus.

Limited spots available!

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15 Hours of Online Interactive Instruction

Through 10 weeks of live instruction with replays available to review content, you'll get 15 hours of trauma-informed training, practical tools, and language to become a specialist in fields like teaching, medicine, parenting, the legal system, faith communities & churches.

Professional Curriculum With Cutting-Edge Information

Immerse yourself in up-to-date, top-notch, professional information that will help raise your understanding of the impact of trauma on the individual, and community levels.

Personalized Support & Training

Each week you will learn a new trauma-related topic followed by an in-depth group discussion. Additionally, there will be occasional reflective activities and discussions assigned to deepen your understanding of the material through personal application.

Accredited by the I.A.O.T.R.C

This program is fully accredited by the International Association of Trauma Recovery Coaches. All students who successfully complete the C.T.S. program will earn a C.T.S. certification from the I.A.O.T.R.C., and are eligible to apply for the Trauma Recovery Coaching program.

What We Will Cover in This Course

  • Trauma Informed Care – Its Operational Goals and Principles

  • Psychological Aftereffects of Trauma

  • The Definition of Trauma, Its Subtypes, and Classifications, Including Moral Injury

  • Biological Aftereffects of Trauma – Brain, Nervous System, and Systemic

  • Emotional and Relational After Effects of Trauma

  • Healthy and Toxic Shame

  • Somatic Trauma Responses Including Fear and Shame Adaptation

  • De-pathologizing Coping Strategies

  • Intergenerational Trauma

  • Relationship Rupture and Repair

  • Understanding the Multi-dimensionality of Trauma Survivors, Being Able to Understand Trauma in the Context of Social, Gender, Racial, Ethnic, and Historical Frameworks

  • And Much More!

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the course?

The Certified Trauma Specialist course will meet once a week for 90 minutes for 10 weeks for a total of 15 hours of instruction.

Can I enroll at any time?

Yes. However, there are a limited number of spots available that will fill quickly. The course is only offered twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. Please register as soon as possible to ensure your seat!

Are the classes in person or online?

All classes are held online. We will meet via Zoom. All class materials are distributed via Mighty Networks, an easy-to-use, online community platform.

Does this course come with a Certification?

Yes! Successful completion of the course earns a CTS certification from the International Association of Trauma Recovery Coaches. This trauma-informed certification helps prepare students to view their professional and personal lives through a trauma lens. This is beneficial whether it's for your own personal understanding interacting with friends and family, or in a professional public-facing environment that deals with the public. Either way, the increased awareness and understanding can help increase compassion and diminish or eliminate conflict.

What is the cost?

The investment for this course is $2,100. An initial deposit of 25% is required upon registration. Payment plans are available 2 payments of $788 or 4 payments of $394.

How do I become a Trauma Recovery Coach?

Successful completion of Certified Trauma Specialist is the first step to becoming a Trauma Recovery Coach. After completion, you will be given the option to continue in the program if you choose and pursue the Certified Trauma Recovery Coach certification through the IAOTRC. Certified Trauma Recovery Coaches work with trauma survivors as peers, mentors, guides, and educators with the goal of helping their clients understand the recovery process, and reconnect with themselves and the world while using their strengths to build a life they love living.

What are the certification requirements?

Taken directly from IAOTRC website:

"Each course has required reading and homework. The Association requires specific homework assignments and that you read both Bessel Van der Kolk’s The Body Keeps the Score and Pete Walker’s Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving. Your individual instructor may have additional homework and reading requirements. Those should be specified on their individual websites.

After you have completed the course, your instructor will let the Association know that you have completed all your homework to a satisfactory level and paid your tuition in full. Then you will take an examination through the Association, which you must pass with a score of at least 80%.

After you meet those three requirements you will be credentialed as a Certified Trauma Specialist. Your credential will come from The International Association of Trauma Recovery Coaching, not the individual instructor.

Once you are credentialed you will be listed in our new directory of Certified Trauma Specialists.

Your credential will be good for two years. If you wish to renew your credential you must obtain 15 hours of Continuing Education credits, complete a Code of Ethics Review and pay a certification renewal fee of $50."

Why should I choose Bradley's CTS course?

Bradley is a childhood trauma survivor, who understands the overarching impact it can have on healthy development, and the potential damage to healthy, sustaining relationships. Bradley has overcome childhood sexual abuse, emotional abuse, parental divorce, infidelity, brain surgery, and discovering late in life that the father who raised him isn't his biological father. Through everything, Bradley set out to understand his own trauma and has now dedicated his life to educating others to increase awareness of the prevalence of trauma in our daily lives.


Bradley's Certified Trauma Specialist course goes beyond the course competencies. His course will explore the physical and emotional effects of trauma including taking a closer look into understanding the long-term impact on the nervous system, and how this can affect how we interact with our environment, directly affecting our sense of identity, and our relationships with others. Additionally, he will review recent studies confirming the therapeutic effects of various types of mindfulness practices, and introduce the impact of trauma from a Depth Psychology perspective.

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