Child PTSD Treatment Training Program

PTSD or post-traumatic stress disorder is a serious condition that people experienced after they have witnessed to extreme traumatic events, including death or near death, extreme violence, or sexual assault. The condition was originally named to explain a phenomenon experienced by soldiers returning from war zones.

Children who experience PTSD may have flashbacks to the event, nightmares or night terrors, or show signs of aggressive behaviour. Their PTSD symptoms will likely be triggered by places, people, or situations that remind them of the traumatic event in question. These children may find it extremely difficult to stop thinking about the event or move on from the trauma.

Similar to other mental health problems, PTSD symptoms can manifest in a variety of ways depending on the child and the nature of the trauma. These symptoms are likely to include severe anxiety or depression as well.

If you are a mental health professional looking for training on PTSD child trauma treatment, our program will help you address the root causes of PTSD — instead of just the symptoms.

When a child is suffering from PTSD, the condition is almost always rooted in a specific traumatic events from the child’s past. A treatment plan for a child with PTSD will focus on addressing and resolving the negative belief systems that have been caused by the traumatic event, in order to reduce the PTSD symptoms.

The ITTM Training Program is designed to provide practitioners with the tools to identify the root causes of PTSD in children and treat them effectively. The ITTM is able to treat many forms of PTSD, including victims of sexual violence, domestic violence, or child soldiers.

About the ITTM

The Intergenerational Trauma Treatment Model (ITTM) is a complex trauma treatment program for children (aged 3 to 18 years) and their caregivers. It is the only trauma treatment program that addresses the unresolved trauma history of the parent or caregiver — in addition to the trauma of the child.

The ITTM approaches PTSD treatment by addressing the impact of the traumatic event, not the event itself. Every person will assign meaning to a traumatic event in their own, individual way. Two people may experience a nearly identical event and assign completely different meanings, based on how they interpret it.

The ITTM provides evidence-based treatment for PTSD in a fully-manualized program that was created by a clinical practitioner for other practitioners. It is currently operating in 11 clinics across Ontario and over 300 practitioners worldwide have been trained in the ITTM model.

Training Program for Child PTSD Treatment

The ITTM Training Program is a 50-hour online training module that is designed to provide practitioners with the theoretical basis required to use the ITTM model for private or clinical practice. Clinic-wide training programs are also available — learn more here.

The ITTM program provides a comprehensive treatment plan for child PTSD. The training is delivered through a combination of digital readings, video lectures and demonstrations, and one-on-one consultations with the certified trainers via video conferencing.

Throughout the course, you will have the opportunity to work directly with experienced ITTM Trainers and ask questions to deepen your understanding of the material.


About Valerie Copping

Valerie Copping, PsyD., is a passionate scholar and practitioner in the field of clinical psychology, who divides her time between clinical practice, training and consulting, and scholarly writing and research.

Valerie’s twenty-five years of clinical skills training, clinical supervision, research and practice inform her approach to complex trauma treatment. She continues to work on the development of effective, comprehensive, and innovative treatments for children who have experienced trauma and their caregivers.