Become an ITR Certified Trauma Specialist, Counselor or Therapist

Life is traumatic. Trauma professionals claim no one escapes it. You are seeing the effects every day. People present with issues like anger, depression, anxiety, or a host of other things. ITR will show you how to identify and resolve the root cause of these traumatic stress symptoms. The ITR courses are available to anyone who wants to learn to “Resolve the trauma first and see what's left."

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See the ITR Certified Trauma Specialist Bundle below!


ITR® Coursework  Approved

Many courses are approved by both the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Each course will be specific if it is approved for CEs or not.

The evidence-supported ITR takes a different approach to resolving trauma. Instead of “What’s wrong with a person?” the question becomes “What’s happened to the person?”

ITR uses Graphic Narrative™ to give structure, words, and historical context to traumatic events without the individual reliving the events - and it gives the story an END! With Externalized Dialogue™, a person resolves issues with parts of themselves that hold onto negative beliefs and behaviors caused by the event. ITR is a holistic, non-invasive, gentle but effective trauma recovery approach.

What else is different about ITR Program?

  • Time to resolution – hours vs years: Unlike many other approaches, resolving a single traumatic event can happen quickly, even in as little as a 60-120 minute session.
  • Integrates seamlessly with other therapeutic approaches: Resolve the trauma first and see what's left. After the events are resolved, the ITR Specialist makes a health and wellness reommendation to help a survivor integrate back into life, live on purpose and thrive.
  • Can be used with both children and adults: This program can be applied to people as young as 3 – or 99. Preverbal traumas to recent events are all addressed and resolved with ITR.
  • Can be used for simple, complex, and generational traumas. ITR works the same no matter what the trauma and is effective with in-utero, birth, and preverbal traumas.

ITR Certification Levels

Level 1. Trauma Informed

Accelerated Traumatology Course (ATC) 101 ONLINE

This first course is an introduction to trauma and the ITR. It is recommended for anyone dealing with mental health as a clinician, support staff, or a survivor. You will have an opportunity to learn from a group that includes the co-founder of the methodology, Dr. Linda Gantt. A person is considered “Trauma-Informed" after completing this course. This is a prerequisite course for all other courses.

Some of the topic areas include:

  • The history of trauma
  • The development of Instinctual Trauma Response
  • How the brain reacts to traumatic events and Dual Brain Dynamics
  • Specific techniques and tasks effective in resolving trauma symptoms
  • Applying the techniques with non-verbal or child clients
  • How to coach a person through the ITR tasks

Level 2. Certified Trauma Specialist

Accelerated Traumatology Course (ATC) 102 2-Day LIVE:

This experiential level 2 course is done in a small group of 3 with video conferencing allowing the learner to achieve competency in using ITR “clean". The triads may or may not join a larger group for discussions depending on the size of the training. The learners must have completed the ATC 101 Online course before this course begins. Each learner will have the opportunity to participate as a facilitator, a client, and an observer. The level 2 learning objectives are:

  • Gain Confidence in facilitating ITR “clean"
  • Demonstrate your understanding of key techniques and ITR Tasks 
  • See the ITR “clean" in play with various individuals
  • Learn how to facilitate ITR with different populations and situations

Consultation Calls:

ITR Certified Instructors host a group of active Level 2 or 3 ITR learners applying ITR in different settings and with various populations. Level 2 calls include 10 (ten) interactive video calls with case studies presented by participants and then discussed by the group using the ITR Clean Checklist provided. There is also a 30 min, private call for questions specific cases and a 1-hour exit call with a Certified Instructor.  The group presentations should include assessments if possible, a Parts Map, a simple Graphic Narrative, and a full Externalized Dialogue (using the checklist) to be sure the presentation will pass. The exit call requires a participant to present assessments, grounding, parts map, psychoeducation, a timeline, Graphic Narrative, and Externalized Dialogue, and follow-up ideas. They must show competency in facilitating ITR to demonstrate they are confident with the process and are able to keep fidelity to the ITR model. Learning objectives are:

  • Show your ability to apply the ITR “clean" tasks effectively
  • Facilitate a full ITR program session from start to finish

Successful completion of this final step results in your becoming a Level 2 ITR Certified Trauma Specialist (ITR-CTS)

The certification is good for 2 years.

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ITR Follow-Up Coaching 102 Live:

After doing an ITR intensive program many clients want to move into life coaching.  This is a basic life-coaching course with ITR woven through it.

Refresher 1-Day Course LIVE:

This is an experiential course for those that want to experience facilitating the ITR tasks again to get more familiar with the process. This is a perfect course for those who studied a few years ago and want to “refresh" themselves with the ITR tasks to pass the recertification process to hold the ITR-CTC2 or CTT2  title.


Recertification Level 2 and 3

“Reboot"  3-hour LIVE:

All ITR Certifications are good for 2 years to ensure fidelity to the model. The “Reboot" is a private 3-hour virtual session with an Instructor to demonstrate a person's ability to facilitate ITR at the given level of certification. This is to recertify for either the ITR-CTS or  ITR-CTC and ITR-CTT credentials.


Level 3. ITR Certified Trauma Counselor or Therapist 

 To become a Level 3 Certified Trauma Counselor or Therapist a person must complete 5 of the advanced courses and the Advanced Consultation Calls  to prove competency in advanced ITR skills. These courses are designed to take someone beyond the basics to the top level of skill using the ITR model. The learner must demonstrate that they understand these concepts during the advanced Consultation Calls. A counselor is not licensed (ITR-CTC) and a therapist is licensed (ITR-CTT). The ITR certifications are good for 2 years.

Advanced Graphic Narrative 103 LIVE:

Extended stories and chapter stories are what most find in the field working with complex traumas. Learn how to identify and work through these more complicated traumatic events.

Advanced Externalized Dialogue 103 LIVE:

Externalized Dialogue is something everyone should be good at for themselves and others. Learn how to facilitate different dialogues in more depth to reach the hurt parts of a person and teach them a skill for life.


Couples 103 LIVE:

Relationships are complicated by trauma. Learn how to work with couples using ITR and offer great tools to heal and grow relationships.

Children and Family 103 LIVE:

There are different ways to facilitate ITR with children. Learn about the techniques and tools available for children. Many traumas are family-wide. Learn the wonderful ways ITR can be administered with families for very powerful and healing results.

Group 103 LIVE:

Providers of all kinds will find great benefit in using a variety of ITR skills in group work. Learn how to facilitate ITR in a group setting.

Advanced Military/First Responders 103 Live

Learn to work with those trained to respond to traumatic events. Health workers and first responders are in dire need of psycho-education and traumatic stress relief.


Advanced Psychoeducation 103 ONLINE:

Learn the details of how the brain processes trauma and how the ITR works the way the brain works.

Intensive Observation Course 103 LIVE:

Join an ITR Traumatoligist doing an intensive with a client. This allows the person to observe the intensive style of the ITR Program. This course is private and by appointment only.

Advanced Consultation Calls 103:

10 group calls with 2 presentations to prove advanced ITR Skills. 



Level 4. ITR Certified Traumatologist

A Level 4 Certified Traumatologist must be currently licensed, have at least 6 months of intensive experience, and have taken all the ITR available courses along with 20 hours of supervision. (ITR-CT4)They can also qualify as an ITR Instructor after assisting several courses. Call us for more information. There is no guarantee of employment.


The ITR method helps clients address the effects of harm produced by trauma and stop the negative effects from continuing. It’s a a trauma treatment approach that honors the whole person."

- Christy Pagels, LPC, ATR-BC, CTT

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