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Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist – Family (CCTS-F)

February 14 @ 8:30 am - February 16 @ 4:00 pm MST



Course Description

The Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist – Family (CCTS-F) course presented by Dr. Robert Rhoton, PsyD, LPC, F.A.A.E.T.S. is designed using evidenced-based leading edge interventions and protocols that clinicians can immediately implement to augment their work treating survivors of trauma within a family context. This course is taught using demonstrations, role play, simulations, and the utilization of a clinician intervention implementation format. The Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist – Family (CCTS-F) course examines the (dynamic elements/active ingredients) of trauma treatment, allowing the learner to increase their effectiveness with any model of family treatment in which they have training. The (dynamic elements/active ingredients) approach will aid clinicians in addressing and resolving client and family traumatic stress even when other primary diagnoses are present. The design and implementation of treatment can have a powerful transformational effect that rapidly accelerates treatment.

This course meets the educational requirements for the Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist – Family (CCTS-F) certification available through the Trauma Institute International.

Arizona Trauma Institute is approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) to grant Continuing education credit for live workshops. ACEP number is 6677. Total Clock Hours Awarded: 18

Professions Applicable:

Counselors • Social Workers • Psychologists • Case Managers • Addiction Counselors Therapists • Marriage & Family Therapists • Other Mental Health Professionals

Learning Objectives:

The Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist – Family (CCTS-F) course emphasizes a balance between the science and skill of treating traumatic stress, and the development of cross-cutting competencies in clinicians. Clinicians will learn both principles and techniques for rapidly and safely accelerating treatment with clients who suffer from traumatic stress. The course teaches clinicians how to think critically and incisively to:
(1) conceptualize the specific tasks within each of the (dynamic elements/active ingredients) of treatment;
(2) efficiently and effectively bring resolution and healing;
(3) learn how to explain the symptoms of traumatic stress to clients and their family in a way that helps makes “good sense” of their experiences;
(4) maximizes engagement and collaboration in the healing process;
(5) develop skills for helping trauma survivors rapidly stabilize and utilize skills for self-regulation;
(6) learn empirical markers to know when it is safe to transition from the safety/stabilization phase of treatment into the trauma memory processing phase without guesswork and minimal crises;
(7) construct verbal, graphic, and non-verbal trauma narratives—identified by research as one of the critical ingredients in resolving traumatic stress;
(8) demonstrate state-of-the-art techniques and activities for supporting and facilitating healthy bereavement;
(9) learn when to support natural mourning processes; and,
(10) learn when to offer facilitation when the natural mourning processes become thwarted to be able to confidently manage the trajectory of treatment with survivors of trauma from diagnosis to termination.

The goal is to build both clinical trauma expertise and professional confidence to significantly reduce client crises and allow treatment to move forward at an accelerated pace.

Course Competencies:

1. Demonstrate the ability to identify and utilize the evidence-based “Active Ingredients” for successful trauma treatment;
2. Demonstrate the ability to conceptualize and organize family treatment to implement the active ingredients to improve clinical outcomes
3. Demonstrate the ability to develop and enhance therapeutic relationship & positive expectancy with the entire family through the application of the active ingredient
4. Demonstrate the ability to teach families the role that perceived threat and the Autonomic Nervous System plays in the development and continuation of traumatic stress symptoms and other difficult behaviors
5. Demonstrate the ability to achieve, maintain and teach relaxation and self­-regulation skills
6. Demonstrate the ability to understand causes, symptoms and treatment of traumatic stress sufficiently to provide comprehensive psychoeducation to clients
7. Demonstrate the ability to assess family dynamics sufficiently to identify the impact of traumatic stress
8. Demonstrate the ability to help trauma survivors achieve “good enough” safety and stabilization
9. Demonstrate the ability to utilize Cognitive-Behavioral Method(s) to help survivors successfully desensitize and reprocess trauma memories 3rd active ingredient
10. Demonstrate the ability to assist clients successfully resolve the grief and other peripheral issues accompanying treatment of traumatic stress
11. Demonstrate the ability to assist clients with the re-connection phase of treatment and the moving forward into a future that is deliberate and intentional
12. How can Trauma interventions and evaluations be conducted to sustain therapeutic alliance?


Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized scope of expertise or license of professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your profession’s standards.

Additionally, many of the topics being taught would require supervision and/or mentorship is not included in this course.

*The pricing is effective until 3/31/2024, after which it may be adjusted. Courses purchased before this date will maintain their initial pricing.

CE Credits

Credits listed below are for full attendance of the live training.  Attendees will sign in upon arrival and after lunch.  At the end of the training, attendees will be given an evaluation to complete.  After completing the evaluation attendees will receive a certificate of completion for the training.

Arizona Trauma Institute does not issue partial certificates of completion.

NOTE: Credits do not include time for breaks or lunch.

CE Hours Awarded: 18

Arizona Trauma Institute has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6677. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Arizona Trauma Institute is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Registration button is located at the bottom of the page.

Training Presenter – Robert Rhoton, PsyD, LPC, F.A.A.E.T.S.

Dr. Robert Rhoton, CEO of Arizona Trauma Institute and President at the Trauma Institute International possesses a rich history of experience in the mental health field. Dr. Rhoton has supervised multiple outpatient clinics, juvenile justice programs, and intensive outpatient substance abuse programs for adolescents, day treatment programs for youth and children, adult offender programs and child and family therapeutic services. Dr. Rhoton served as president of the Arizona Trauma Therapy Network from 2010 through 2012. Dr. Rhoton was a Professor at Ottawa University in the Behavioral Sciences and Counseling Department whose primary interests were training counselors to work with traumagenic family dynamics, child and family trauma, and non-egoic models of treatment. Dr. Rhoton is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and collaborates and consults with numerous Arizona agencies fine tuning their understanding of trauma and the impact of developmental trauma on the individual and family. Dr. Rhoton works internationally with organizations to improve the delivery of trauma treatment services.


PLEASE NOTE: that you must participate in the Live Webinar on a computer, or laptop, NOT a phone or tablet. The system keeps track of each person attending the Live Webinar and how long they attended. Your attendance cannot be tracked on a phone, so it will appear that you did not attend, thus, you would not be eligible to receive a Certificate of Completion. In addition, you must attend for the duration of the Live Webinar to receive your Certificate of Completion.

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February 14 @ 8:30 am MST
February 16 @ 4:00 pm MST
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