The Viva Center’s Trauma-Informed Clinical Practice (TICP): Certificate Program is a postgraduate training program designed to give clinicians a powerful set of tools for working with survivors of trauma. Participants are immersed in the experiential study and application of invaluable clinical skills, including:
- Understanding and applying a trauma-informed lens to clinical work;
- Working effectively with clients who are traumatized by incidents such as sexual violence and/or near-death experiences;
- Helping clients with compulsive behaviors and addiction;
- Working effectively with moods like depression and anxiety;
- Understanding diverse presentations of abuse and neglect;
- Navigating attachment dynamics;
- Treating perpetrators on their own path to healing; and
- Understanding the neuropsychology supporting body-based interventions that complement traditional methods of practice.
The value of the TICP Certificate Program lies not only in the clinical knowledge gained through experiential and didactic learning, but also in the practical application of group supervision meetings as applied to cases under review. The TICP certificate program also offers 32 CEU credit hours––all deductible as a business expense.
“When I think about how I see the world after TICP, it reminds me of that moment in the Wizard of Oz when everything goes from black and white to brilliant color” — Regina Tosca, LICSW
The TICP Program is a 9-month, 2-semester program beginning in September and ending in May/June, with a break in mid-December and January. Participants will meet twice per month for 2 hours–the 2nd and 4th Wednesday from 9AM-11AM.
In most meetings, the first hour is educational and the second hour is focused on clinical case application. There is recommended reading by class, as well as elective reading based on the focus of the cohort.
About the Instructor
This program is taught by trauma specialist, clinical trainer, and founder of the Viva Center, Dr. Julie Lopez. Previously, Dr. Lopez worked with survivors of sexual violence as the Coordinator for Specialized Clinical Services at the DC Rape Crisis Center. She has also worked with those who have experienced many other traumas including natural and humanmade disasters, physical violence, interpersonal violence, adoption and neglect.
Dr. Lopez’s clinical subspecialty is in addictive behavior, a frequent form of self-medication for those who have experienced trauma. In 2002 she received the Social Worker of the Year award from the National Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.
Cost & Requirements
Participants are expected to have a caseload of at least 4 clients with which to apply program principles. This caseload may be in any type of clinical setting. Assistance with building a caseload may be provided but is not guaranteed.
Participants must have their own arrangement for individual clinical supervision, though it can be set up through the program instructor for an additional fee.
The TICP cost is $900 per semester, due August 30th and January 15th. Participants who opt to pay in full by August 30th receive a discounted cost of $1700. Monthly payment plans available for $220 per month, paid on the 30th of August and 15th of each month September through April.
Applications for the next term of TICP are currently will open in Summer 2019. To apply, please download the following form and submit it via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.