The TICP program was an invaluable experience and throughly deepened my therapeutic work. The course is tailored to advanced knowledge about trauma work, which is applicable right away. This is an area I found was not widely covered or shared in graduate school nor other trainings, therefore filled a void in my learning and growth as a clinician…I highly recommend taking this course. — Rebecca Goldberg, LCSW, RPT
The Viva Center’s Trauma-Informed Clinical Practice (TICP): Certificate Program is a postgraduate course 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;
- Recognizing the traumatic impact of racism, transphobia, sexism, homophobia, and other forms of discrimination;
- 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 TICP lies not only in experiential and didactic learning, but also in the practical application of group supervision meetings to cases under review. The TICP certificate program also offers 32 CEUs––all deductible as a business expense. CEUs are currently available to those licensed in Washington, DC.
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, virtually, for 2 hours–the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, from 11 AM – 1 PM.
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 was created and is overseen by trauma specialist, clinical trainer, and founder of the Viva Center, Dr. Julie Lopez. Dr. Julie is the author of Live Empowered!: Rewire Your Brain’s Implicit Memory to Thrive in Business, Love, and Life.
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 $1000 per semester, due August 30th and January 15th. Participants who opt to pay in full by August 30th receive a discounted, upfront cost of $1900. Monthly payment plans available for $240 per month, paid on the 30th of August and 15th of each month September through April.
We believe in building a world empowered to heal from trauma. With that in mind, all proceeds for our 2021-2022 cohort will go towards organizations that promote Black health, happiness, and equality: The Black Visions Collective, the Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective, and Know Your Rights Camp.
Applications for the next term of TICP are now open. To apply, please download the following form and submit it at the link below.