Trauma Studies Center


ICP offers an integrative approach to the treatment of trauma that includes psychodynamic as well as newer brain/mind/body models. Additionally, emphasis is placed on treating trauma in the context of the family and community. We are committed to empowering therapists to provide the highest level of clinical skill to survivors by enhancing their ability to bear witness to their patients’ suffering and to grapple with the profound existential issues presented by such suffering. To that end, we provide the emotional support that allows trainees to maintain their emotional presence and therapeutic stance.

The program offers a two-stage sequence of learning, with each stage lasting one academic year, October through May. Upon completion of the Basic Training, trainees may elect to continue in the second-year Advanced Training. Graduates will be granted certificates in Basic and Advanced Trauma Studies upon successful completion of each stage of training.


Perhaps the most exciting development in the field of psychotherapy in the last thirty years has been the virtual explosion in the understanding of how psychological trauma affects the neurobiology of the human brain and of the complex symptoms that result from trauma. Despite the enthusiasm and hope generated by this new knowledge, good clinical skill in treating psychological trauma has proved daunting to obtain.

Theoretical knowledge does not automatically translate into clinical skill when it comes to psychological trauma. Hands-on clinical experience is essential. Trauma training in academic settings is usually limited to a single course that, of necessity, can offer only a general overview of trauma theory and treatment. Rigorous training in treatment of psychological trauma has not reached the majority of U.S. hospitals and mental health programs. Although many powerful modalities for treatment of trauma have been developed, no one modality works for all trauma survivors. Treating traumatized people is challenging and humbling. Becoming skilled requires facing one’s own limitations as a clinician and human being.


  • Individual must have masters in social work, mental health counseling or another related mental health field
  • In addition we usually require at least two years of post degree clinical experience.
  • If you are not fully licensed, you can accrue hours towards you license in ICP’s distinguished adult treatment clinic


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A thorough grounding in the theory and treatment of psychological trauma that is integrated with psychodynamic understanding, Introduction to what we have found to be the four most effective techniques for processing trauma symptoms: EMDR, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Internal Family Systems, and A.E.D.P., Intensive training in methods for reducing hyper and hypo arousal in trauma survivors, A unique clinical opportunity to provide 120 hours of trauma focused therapy to ICP clinic patients, 60 hours of individual supervision tailored to each trainee’s experience and interests, 90 hours of group consultation which will parallel the material of the theory courses and deepen understanding of that theory that is being taught A weekly process group helps you to develop self awareness and encourages you to address the concerns, confusion and anxieties generated by working with this difficult population.

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Tuition and Expenses

The tuition for each year is $3350. Seminars, Supervision Groups and Process Groups meet on Wednesdays from 9am to 12 noon. Individual supervision is scheduled at a time mutually convenient to the trainee and supervisor.

Application Process

Applicants Must Submit the Following:

  • A completed application with a $75 application fee.
  • Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts.

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ICP was the first New York City psychotherapy training institute to offer comprehensive training in the theory and treatment of psychological trauma. We are deeply committed to trauma training that is integrated with more traditional clinical modalities. Since 2004, our program has been successively refined so that what you learn and when you learn it can successfully integrate theory and clinical practice.

Our faculty are all psychodynamically trained. Most are skilled in one or more methods of trauma processing. Many have published articles on trauma and other subjects. All of us are in active clinical practice ourselves. As a team we offer you literally thousands of hours of treatment and supervisory experience. Above all, we care deeply that the process of your learning is both challenging and supportive.


If you would like to attend our open house or learn more about our program, please call the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy at 212-333-3444 and ask to speak to the Program Administrator for the Trauma Training Program.