TRM Certified Practitioners

The Trauma Resource Institute has launched the Trauma Resiliency Model Certified Practitioner Program.  


  1. Licensed or a registered mental health intern* in a mental health discipline requiring either a Masters or Doctoral degree, with a regulating body, in which the practitioner holds an active membership. This professional association (e.g. licensing board) will have a governing body that requires ongoing training in ethical and professional behavior, and provides accountability to protect the public.
  2. At least two years experience in the licensed field of practice. This experience can include licensing hours for an intern.
  3. Select a Certified TRI Consultant/Trainer who has agreed to mentor you through the certification process.
  4. Obtain application for certification from your Mentor/Trainer and submit to TRI ($35 application fee)
  5. Application includes C.V., two letters of recommendation from others in one’s chosen field, and proof of liability insurance.

Training Requirements

  1. TRAINING Complete Level I and Level II Trauma Resiliency Model    Workshops. One may begin the certification process after completing a Level I training, and start to fulfill some of the requirements before they take the Level II workshop.
  2. SKILLS PRACTICE Complete 18 hours of group or dyad Consultation, which include skills training and practice as both a client (at least 5 times) and a practitioner (at least 5 times). Consultation can be accomplished by:
    • Participation in a Consultation Group directed by an approved TRM Consultant and/or
    • Arranging with an approved TRM consultant for a private consultation. This consultation would be for two or more professionals seeking certification.
  3. PERSONAL SESSIONS Complete 5 personal sessions as a client with a TRM Consultant/ Trainer or a Certified TRM Practitioner.
  1. APPLICATION TO PRACTICE Complete 5 hours of individual case consultation. During private and/or group consultation, the mental health professional will present at least 20 case vignettes distributed among at least 10 clients.
  1. READING requirements: Building Resilience to Trauma: The Trauma and Community Resiliency Models (2015) by Elaine Miller Karas and one book from the Reading List. Other books may be considered to meet this requirement if approved by your consultant.
  1. TAKE-HOME SELF-EVALUATION Complete the Take-Home Self- Evaluation and return to your consultant within 60 days of completion of the session and consultation requirements.
  1. FINAL ASSESSMENT Complete a final assessment session demonstrating fidelity to the model when leading a client through the skills. (This can be done in person with your consultant or by video)

Privileges of TRM Practitioners

  1. Listing on TRI website as Certified TRM Practitioner with contact information ($100.00 yearly)
  2. Certification is a pre-requisite to be considered by TRI as a TRM Facilitator, TRM Consultant, and/or TRM Trainer. If you are interested in these roles, you can discuss your interest with your TRI consultant. Certification is one avenue of consideration for these roles within TRI.
  3. Certification is reviewed every 2 years and has a TRI Continuing education requirement that must be fulfilled.


  1. For those who have been involved in TRI over the years prior to the TRM Practitioner Certification Track having been developed, a customized Learning Plan can be made with their Mentor which can provide exemptions or modifications of training requirements, except for the fidelity assessment.
  1. Once certification is granted, TRI reserves the right to remove certification if the practitioner violates the ethics of their profession or the ethics held by TRI.


Please contact our training coordinator for the names of the TRM Consultants.

Reading List

Cozolino, Louis. The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy (2010). New York: Norton.

Ogden, Pat, Minton, K., Pain, C,. (2006). Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor approach to Psychotherapy. New York: Norton.

Doidge, Norman. (2007). The Brain that Changes Itself. New York: Penguin Books.

Hanson, Rick. (2013 . Hardwired for Happiness. New York: Harmony House.

Heller, Lawrence. Healing Developmental Trauma. North Atlantic Books, 2012.

Levine, Peter. (2010). In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness.   Berkeley: North Atlantic Books.

Levine, Peter.  (2006) Healing Trauma: A Pioneering Program for Restoring the Wisdom of your Body.

Miller-Karas, Elaine. (2015) Building Resilience to Trauma:The Trauma and Community Resiliency Models Routledge, New York

Miller-Karas, E., et al (2015) Trauma Resiliency Model Workbook, self-published TRI

Poole-Heller, D. (2001). Crash Course. Berkeley: North Atlantic Books.

Scaer, R and Rothschild, B. (2012) 8 Keys to Brain-Body Balance, Norton, New York

Scaer, Richard. (2005). The Trauma Spectrum. Hidden Wounds and Human Resiliency. New York: Norton.

Scaer, Richard. (2010). The Body Bears the Burden: Trauma, Dissociation and Disease. 2nd Edition Hayworth Press.

Van der kolk, Bessel. (2014) The Body Keeps the Score, Penguin Books, USA March 2014

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