The Certified Trauma Specialist Course

A professional, 10-week interactive course that explores the definition of trauma, it's impact on our physical and mental health, it's long reaching effect from generation to generation, and the overarching, long term effect it can have on our daily lives.
Class begins January 31, 2023.  

Limited spots available!
*You will be directed to the IAOTRC to complete registration.
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Classes offered at two convenient days and times


7:30 to 9:00 pm EST


1:00 to 2:30 pm EST

Classes begin January 31, 2023
Limited Space Available!
*You will be redirected to the IAOTRC

15 hours of online interactive instruction

Through 10 weeks of live instruction with replays available to review content, you'll get 15 hours of trauma-informed training, practical tools and language to become a specialist in fields like teaching, medicine, parenting, the legal system, faith communities & churches.

Professional curriculum with cutting edge information

Immerse yourself in up to date, top-notch, professional information that will help raise your understanding of the impact of trauma on the individual, and community levels. 

Personalized Support & Training

Each week you will learn a new trauma related topic followed by an in-depth group discussion. Additionally, there will be occasional reflective activities  and discussions assigned to deepen your understanding of the material through personal application. 

Accredited by the I.A.O.T.R.C

This program is fully accredited by the International Association of Trauma Recovery Coaches. All students who successfully complete the C.T.S. program will earn a C.T.S. certification from the I.A.O.T.R.C., and are eligible to apply for the Trauma Recovery Coaching program.  

What we will cover in this course

  • Trauma Informed Care – it’s operational goals and principles
  • Psychological Aftereffects of Trauma
  • The definition of trauma, it’s subtypes and classifications, including moral injury
  • Biological Aftereffects of Trauma – brain, nervous system and systemic
  • Emotional  and Relational Aftereffects of Trauma
  • Healthy and Toxic Shame
  • Somatic Trauma Responses including Fear and Shame Adaptation
  • De-pathologizing Coping Strategies
  • Intergenerational Trauma
  • Relationship Rupture and Repair
  • Understanding the multi-dimensionality of trauma survivors, being able to understand trauma in the context of social, gender, racial, ethnic and historical frameworks
  • And much more!

Frequently asked questions

How long is the course?

The Certified Trauma Specialist course will meet once a week for 90 minutes for 10 weeks for a total of 15 hours of instruction. 

Can I enroll any time?

Yes. However there are a limited number of spots available that will fill quickly. The course is only offered twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. Please register as soon as possible to ensure your seat!

Are the classes in person or online?

All classes are held online.  We will meet via Zoom. All class materials are distributed via Mighty Networks, an easy to use, online community platform. 

Does this course come with a Certification?

Yes! Successful completion of the course earns a CTS certification from the International Association of Trauma Recovery Coaches. This trauma informed certification helps prepare students to view their professional and personal lives through a trauma lens. This is beneficial whether it's for your own personal understanding interacting with friends and family, or in a professional public facing environment that deals with the public. Either way, the increased awareness and understanding can help increase compassion and diminish or eliminate conflict. 

What is the cost?

The investment for this course is $2,100. An initial deposit of 25% is required upon registration. Payment plans are available 2 payments of $788 or 4 payments of $394. 

How do I become a Trauma Recovery Coach?

Successful completion of Certified Trauma Specialist is the first step into becoming a Trauma Recovery Coach. After completion, you will be given the option to continue in the program if you choose and pursue the Certified Trauma Recovery Coach certification through the IAOTRC. Certified Trauma Recovery Coaches work with trauma survivors as peers, mentors, guides and educators with the goal of helping their clients understand the recovery process, reconnect with themselves and the world while using their strengths to build a life they love living.

What are the certification requirements?

Taken directly from IAOTRC website:

"Each course has required reading and homework. The Association requires specific homework assignments and that you read both Bessel Van der Kolk’s The Body Keeps the Score and Pete Walker’s Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving. Your individual instructor may have additional homework and reading requirements. Those should be specified on their individual websites. 
After you have completed the course, your instructor will let the Association know that you have completed all your homework to a satisfactory level and paid your tuition in full. Then you will take an examination through the Association, which you must pass with a score of at least 80%. 
After you meet those three requirements you will be credentialed as a Certified Trauma Specialist. Your credential will come from The International Association of Trauma Recovery Coaching, not the individual instructor. 
Once you are credentialed you will be listed on our new directory of Certified Trauma Specialists.
Your credential will be good for two years. If you wish to renew your credential you must obtain 15 hours of Continuing Education credits, complete a Code of Ethics Review and pay a certification renewal fee of $50."

Why should I choose Bradley's CTS course ?


Bradley Hall

Bradley is a certified Trauma Recovery Coach (IAOTRC) and a mindfulness instructor. He has dedicated his life to serving others, including his military service, his career as a firefighter, his thousands of hours of volunteering and community service, coaching athletes for over 25 years, teaching, and mentoring. He has continuously answered the call to help others in their time of need.

Bradley has a Masters in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. He earned his Bachelors degree from Indiana University, and an MBA from Western Governors University. He is a certified personal trainer, certified Holistic Life Coach, and ordained metaphysical minister, with a passion for holistic health. He currently serves as the Director of Accreditation for the International Association of Trauma Recovery Coaches. 

He utilizes his unique experiences, extensive education and exceptional talents to help others transform and create the lives they desire and deserve.