Certificate in Trauma Practice and Theory

The Heal For Life “Certificate in Trauma Practice and Theory” is a 1 year program and helps health professionals work more effectively with survivors of childhood trauma. It deepens the understanding of the different types of interventions used in the successful Heal For Life model.

Students complete 8 modules (known as CARs) which provide a framework for understanding the theoretical knowledge and practice behind trauma peer support work. Students will be given the opportunity to explore the relevance of the theoretical themes within their personal lives.

Training takes place every 6 weeks on the Thursday and Friday of each community week.  They are usually 8 hour days.


Students can either:

• attend the first subjects 2 day training, complete the 8 modules by distance education and complete all assignments leading to a Certificate in Trauma Theory (DE) at a cost of $2,000 or
• attend the initial 2 day training and all modules on campus in the Hunter valley and receive a Certificate in Trauma Theory at a cost of $2,2250.  Accommodation is included in the cost

If you would like to attend individual modules they cost $250, you can complete the assignment and be assessed.

Heal For Life recognises students will come from varying educational backgrounds and encourages those who have not previously completed formal education to enrol in the Certificate.  You will be supported in all aspects of your learning.


The Heal For Life Certificate in Trauma Practice and Theory comprises 8 modules (CARS)

CAR 1 – Trauma Informed Practice
CAR 2 – History and Theory of Trauma Healing
CAR 3 – The effects of trauma on the brain and Attachment Theory
CAR 4 – Childhood Abuse and Altered Development
CAR 5 – Professional Practice Issues, Boundaries and Visualisations
CAR 6 – Applied Transactional Analysis and Conflict Resolution
CAR 7 – How To Utilise Faith To Assist In Trauma Healing
CAR 8 – Complex trauma and working with severe dissociation

Module Information

  • Modules will be presented approximately every 6 weeks for 2 consecutive days
  • Each module will include a minimum of 14 hours of face-to-face learning
  • Students are expected to spend at least 4 to 8 hours in pre-module attendance preparation
  • As the Modules build on each other, students will be required to complete the assessment tasks for each module before the start of the next module. Any extension will require written permission from the Education Coordinator
  • Students may be awarded Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for prior relevant study. If you are applying for RPL, please contact the Education Coordinator as soon as possible. Applications for RPL must be made in writing
  • A Student may choose to do the full course over an extended period of time (it does not have to be completed in a year)


Students will be able to

  • Understand and be able to articulate the  theoretical basis for Trauma Therapy
  • Learn appropriate intervention strategies when working with survivors of trauma
  • Understand triggering, emotional release and recovering of trauma
  • Recognize signs of anxiety and appropriate responses
  • Articulate how trauma impacts on the developing brain
  • Use effective strategies in conflict resolution
  • Use strategies to help clients when they are in a triggered state
  • Teach effective tools to help people suffering from PTSD and similar illnesses
  • Help people recover from a dissociated state
  • Understand appropriate boundary setting with survivors of trauma
  • Have an in depth understanding of professional ethics with particular emphasis on dissociation
  • Develop a capacity for reflection and evaluation of the self


Students will develop competencies in

  • Effective peer support for survivors of childhood trauma
  • Identifying when a person has suffered from trauma and use effective communication strategies
  • Listening Skills
  • Confidence
  • Application of theoretical knowledge gained in the modules to own life situation to enhance one’s own healing

Attendance Requirements

  • We support flexible study where possible
  • As there is advanced preparation required, it is necessary for students to contact the office as soon as they become aware that they are unable to attend a module.

Assessment Requirements for Certificate in Trauma Healing – Theory

  • Students must complete all requirements of a module to achieve a “satisfactory” grade to pass the module. This includes submission of all written and practical assessment tasks set out in the Module Outline
  • All assessments must be submitted and finalised before the next module commences
  • Students must clearly print their full name on all assessment submissions. Assessment tasks may be submitted via email or post
  • Students challenged by learning difficulties may be permitted to provide a verbal assessment if necessary, however, prior arrangements must be made and agreed to
  • It is preferred that all assessments are typed and emailed. If this is a problem, please discuss this with the Education Coordinator
  • It is important that students keep a copy of all work ‘just in case’ there is a computer problem or an assessment is lost in the mail
  • Please use the Harvard referencing style. An Introductory Study Skills and Essay Writing document is available on request

Heal For Life Commitment to Students

  • Heal For Life will provide individual module information on theory days
  • Heal For Life will provide appropriate shared accommodation during the module
  • Heal For Life will be fair and supportive when marking assessments
  • Heal For Life has protocols for relationship resolutions
  • Heal For Life residents welcome students and will always try to make students comfortable at Heal For Life Foundation.

Please note that students studying the Heal For Life Certificate in Trauma Theory will share their studies with other students, including HFLF Peer Support Volunteers studying the Heal For Life Certificate in Trauma Healing for HFLF Peer Support Volunteers.

For more information and enrollments please contact:

Liz Mullinar, Education Coordinator
Phone: 02 4998 6003 | Mobile 0409 714 372 |Fax 02 4998 6041
Email: education@healforlife.com.au