Trauma Model Therapy Certification

The Trauma Model Therapy Certification Program is intended for Therapists and Counselors, which include but is not limited to: Ph.D., LPC, LCSW, SW, LMFT, and allied professionals in the fields of behavioral health and mental health.

The instructors for Trauma Model Therapy Certification include: Colin A. Ross, M.D. and Melissa Caldwell Engle, MS, LPC, ATR. The level of the activity is intermediate and advanced.

Requirements for participating and completing The Ross Institute Trauma Model Therapy Certification Program:

  1. Certify that you have completed at least an undergraduate education.
  2. Have acquired a professional license or are gathering internship hours.

The primary goals of the Ross Institute are:

  1. To engage in scientific research in the fields of trauma, dissociation and other psychiatric disorders.
  2. To provide education for mental health professionals on the diagnosis, clinical features and treatment of the dissociative disorders and the trauma model of psychopathology.
  3. To increase awareness of trauma-related disorders in the mental health community.

The objectives of the Trauma Model Therapy Certification Program are:

  1. Describe the Trauma Model of severe psychopathology
  2. Describe the Spectrum of Emotions and its role in recovery
  3. Explain different self-regulation and affect management strategies
  4. Explain treatment techniques using the Trauma Model and Spectrum of Emotions

54 Clock hours for Texas Counselors and Texas State Social Workers.


Material: $277.69
Certification: $121.00
Shipping: $17.00
Total: $415.69*

*Please note that 8.25% sales tax will be added to orders shipped to Texas.

Steps to obtain certification:

  1. Purchase the printed training materials - $47.90.
  2. Purchase the digital training materials - $229.79.
  3. Purchase the certification - $121.00.
  4. Complete all training materials.
  5. Upon completion, mail a signed Waiver to the Ross Institute.
  6. Ross Institute will then mail you a set of multiple choice questions. Complete the multiple choice exam and achieve a minimum score of 75%.
  7. Return the MCQ exam to the Ross Institute.
  8. Ross Institute will then mail you a certificate of completion.

Required certification training materials:

  • Trauma Model Therapy: A Treatment Approach for Trauma, Dissociation and Complex Comorbidity (Book)
  • The Trauma Model: A Solution to the Problem of Comorbidity in Psychiatry (Book)
  • The Link Between: Trauma, Depression & Borderline Personality Disorder (DVD)
  • Therapy Role Play (DVD)
  • Eating Disorders: Role Play of a Therapy Session (DVD)
  • Domestic Violence: Role Play of a Therapy Session (DVD)
  • Self-Mutilation: Therapy Session With Colin A. Ross, M.D. (CD)
  • A Binder of Selected Papers (Digital)
  • Total Value: $277.69

You must purchase all of the training materials, both the complete package of printed material at the Ross Institute Book Store and the complete package of video material from Vimeo. Complete descriptions and running times of all materials are available there, as well.

If you need assistance, please call Tere at 972-918-9588.

Refund Policy:

The Ross Institute will refund the entire certification cost including all materials if they are returned un-opened and un-used. All books, DVD's, and CD's are shrink wrapped. If items have been opened and you want a refund, we will refund the certification cost of $121.00, but we cannot refund any of the purchased materials once opened. The Ross Institute issues the certification. Participants purchase the books and DVD's through Manitou Communications, a separate company owned and operated by Colin A. Ross, M.D.

Feedback From Therapists in Florida

"It's been challenging to me, as a professional, to see how your key concepts (attachment to the perpetrator, locus of control shift, triangle, problem is not the problem, etc.) take root at such an early age. It helps give me language to use with the parents. We will never be the same clinicians after learning the Trauma Model."

"Our counseling practice just completed over a year of working through the Trauma Model Therapy Certification... We all witnessed greater self-efficacy in our clients as seen by the ability to use a shared language to communicate their inner experience... My most severe and complex clients moved into deeper work, and I saw how working through the tenets of your model facilitated their growth. I feel more confident and organized in my thinking and clinical skills with the Trauma Model as the foundation."