Childhood Trauma Training Program

Childhood trauma treatment is an important method for addressing many of the mental health problems prevalent today. Proper training for complex trauma treatment is crucial for both clinicians and private practitioners working in the mental health field.

As children, we are highly malleable and easily shaped by our experiences. Research has shown that 95% of us have developed strong belief systems by the age of five. These self-beliefs inform our thoughts, our feelings, and our actions on a daily basis.

However, if these are belief systems are negative; if they arise from a past trauma in early childhood, then they may hold individuals back from reaching their full potential. Traumatic events in early childhood and the associated negative belief systems can lead to a wide range of mental health issues, including:

The ITTM is an individualized approach that is designed to address the negative belief systems created after trauma, using an phase-based system informed by trauma theory, attachment theory, and logic. The program is based on over 20 years of original research, development, and clinical practice.

While the ITTM was primarily designed to provide trauma treatment to children, it is also an effective treatment for child trauma in adults.

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 Programs for Child Trauma 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 childhood trauma. 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.