Intensive Training: Effective Management of Complex Presentations (PTSD, C-PTSD & BPD)

NEXT WORKSHOP Commencing in June 2018 (Brisbane). Applications open now!

100CPD hrsThe Centre for Mental Health Education is proud to announce a 12 month intensive training course with Peter King PhD in Brisbane from June 2018! This 12 Day Intensive course is now open to applicants with a background in psychology, social work, mental health nursing, counselling and psychotherapy.

The course runs over 12 months with supervision and consultancy provided to attendees in between each workshop block via our new online participant portal. The course is run over four x 3-day workshops, run over a 12 month period, reviewing both traditional and alternative theories of PTSD, CPTSD & BPD including (but not limited to) those developed by: Babette Rothschild (developer of Somatic Trauma Therapy); Marsha Linehan (developer of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy); Bessel van der Kolk, Judith Herman, M.D. at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA; the Bodynamic Institute, Copenhagen, Denmark; and Peter Levine, Ph.D., Ergos Institute, Boulder, Colorado, USA.

Brisbane Intensive Dates (4 x 3 day workshops spread over 12 months)

  • Workshop 1: Friday 8th, Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th June 2018
  • Workshop 2: Friday 12th, Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th October 2018
  • Workshop 3: Friday 8th, Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th February 2019
  • Workshop 4: Friday 14th, Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th June 2019


  • STEP 1: Complete the application form at
  • STEP 2: Pay application fee (pay $190 below)
  • STEP 3: Our facilitator team will review your application on receiving payment of application fee of $190
  • STEP 4: Within 72 hours your application will either be approved or a request for further information will be sent. To reduce the likelihood of a request for further information you can send a full resume to
  • STEP 5: Pre-reading and further course based information will be sent to your nominated email address as well as a login for our online discussion portal.

Course Fee: 

  • $190 non-refundable application fee is required to secure your place at the Intensive Training Course for the Effective Management of Complex PTSD and/or Borderline Personality Disorder. Apply here NOW
  • Early Price: $2,800 when fully paid by the 3rd of June 2018
  • Standard Price: $3,500 when paid on a payment plan ending no later than 2nd of May 2019

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Flexible payment options available for attendees following payment of deposit. Please contact our team via email or call Brad on 0406 492 465 or our primary facilitator Peter King at or 0422 022 798 for further information.

About the course:

This training is open to psychologists, psychotherapists, counsellors and other health care professionals. All workshops are conducted with a combination of lecture, discussion, exercises, demonstrations, and practice. They will include a review of both traditional and alternative theories of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This course attracts a total of 100 CPD hours over 3 calendar years and meets the education component for credentialing as a Stabilisation Based Therapy Practitioner (SBT Practitioner)

This training embraces three major goals:

  • First, to make a relevant bridge between trauma & recovery based theory and clinical practice;
  • Second, to make non-touch somatic tools available to the trauma practitioner;
  • Third, to equip therapists to distinguish and help clients who: 1) are not good candidates for processing trauma memories and 2) those who are good candidates for processing memories.

These goals underlie the principles addressed in The Body Remembers (Vol 1 & 2), DBT Skills Training Manual putting into direct practice the tools presented there as well as many others.

The training is grounded in the belief that the therapist working with trauma must become familiar with many theories, techniques, and treatment models to ensure that therapy will always be tailored to the needs of the client. Therefore, it is designed to enhance, not replace, skills and knowledge already held by the participants. In the past, practitioners from many disciplines (psychoanalysis, psychodynamic, EMDR, cognitive behavioural, hypnosis, Gestalt, body psychotherapy, TA, etc.) have all found this training to be a complement not a conflict.

Workshop Part 1 & 2 (3 days each on Friday, Saturday & Sunday)

  • Reducing risks of trauma therapy is the focus of this workshop and the foundation of the entire training.
  • Theoretical material includes: psychology of stress and trauma – including the role of dissociation; physiology of stress and trauma – including how brain and nervous system communicate during and following traumatic events;
  • Defining types of trauma clients; “putting on the brakes” for containment, and safety, and regulating hyperarousal.
  • Experience with basic body awareness, muscle toning, boundaries, and the use of resources will provide the basis for direct practice during the remainder of the training.
  • Development and identification of client resources, skills and strategies for stabilisation
Workshop Part 3 (3 days on Friday, Saturday & Sunday): 
Theory and technique of therapeutic treatment will be the focus of this workshop.
  • Both cognitive and somatic sides of transference and countertransference will be explored.
  • Memory theory will be presented as it applies to traumatic memory.
  • In groups of three, participants will begin practicing Peter Irvine’s SIBAM dissociation model as a multifaceted tool that can be used to enhance resolution of trauma.
  • Participants will also be encouraged to use the theory they have learned to develop their own techniques.
Workshop Part 4 (3 days on Friday, Saturday & Sunday): 
Integration of both theoretical and practical material from all three workshops will be the focus, reinforcing the bridge between theory and practice.
  • Issues involved when trauma therapy is the sole aim of treatment, as well as when it is a part of long-term psychotherapy, will be addressed.
  • The BODYnamic ‘running technique’ will be introduced as an imaginal, mind/body integrative procedure for reawakening the flight reflex and reducing hyperarousal.
  • Participants will be supervised in making relevant choices of techniques both during role-plays and during client consultation.
Peter will be providing support to participants between each workshop in the application of Somatic Trauma Therapy. Support can be accessed by participants via the Centre for Mental Health Education’s website which offers participants:
  • Videos (role plays, instructional videos, additional lectures)
  • Online access to supporting materials and recommended readings
  • Online group chat discussion
  • Live Q&A sessions


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONSTrauma Therapy Education Training

Is the Intensive Training in a lecture format, workshop or practice based?
The STT Intensive training is a heavily practice based workshop which is supported with online lectures and role plays performed by Peter King. During all three workshops the focus is on developing practice by  using the approaches identified in The Body Remembers, The Body Remembers Casebook and The Body Remembers Vol 2.  Participants are instructed to practice the Somatic Trauma Therapy approaches using client examples and not their own personal examples.
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Can I attend the Intensive Training if I don’t want to do the credentialing process?
Yes you can attend without going through the formal certification process. The Intensive meets the education component of certification should you change your mind in the future.
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Can I attend only one of the Workshops?
No, the Intensive training has been developed to progress in a way which challenges clinicians and builds on clinical practice through each 4 day intensive workshop. Participants will find that part 1 leads into part 2 and the final 4 day intensive relies on clinicians progressing in a manner similar to Dr. Pierre Janet phased framework of trauma recovery.
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Is there any pre-reading required for the training?
Yes, participants are advised to have read excerpts from DBT Skills Training ManualThe Body Remembers, The Body Remembers Casebook and The Body Remembers Vol 2 before the first 4 day intensive workshop (the pages and links to more information are provided 2 months before commencement of the program). Readings from Peter Levine’s Waking the Tiger and In an Unspoken Voice will be recommended in between workshops. These books are available from CMHE or can be purchased online by clicking on the links provided.
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8jun - 10jun 89:00 amjun 10Intensive Training: Effective Management of Complex Presentations (PTSD, C-PTSD & BPD)Application fee for Brisbane!

6jul - 9jul 69:00 amjul 9Sold Out!Somatic Trauma Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress (12 Day Intensive)Sydney Workshop

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