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Certified Family Trauma Professional Intensive Training: Effective Techniques for Treating Traumatized Children, Adolescents and Families

Credit Available - See CEUs tab below.

Certification |  Families and Couples |  IATP Courses |  Trauma and PTSD
Robert Rhoton, PsyD, LPC, D.A.A.E.T.S.
12 Hours 03 Minutes
Audio and Video
Original Program Date :
Apr 06, 2016
Media Type:
Online Learning


This intensive training you'll get tools and strategies to better treat and heal trauma that exists within the family. Learn how to improve the lives of children, adolescents and their caregivers by increasing quality of stability and connection that is shared between family members — before it’s too late.

Dr. Robert Rhoton will show you how the treatment of children and adolescents is enhanced by approaching treatment from a family based perspective. He will teach a process for stabilizing families to improve outcomes of trauma focused treatment. You will be able to help reduce the shame, guilt and judgement that are a result of the trauma and stress that are active within families.

Leave this training with greater confidence in treating trauma in children and adolescents, as well as, reduce the impact of that trauma on their family or caregivers.

Learn how to capture the resources of a family to improve care and create greater safety and stability for the family. This approach has the ability to not only improve the life of a child, but change the dynamic of an entire family for the better. Come and learn how to deeply impact children and adolescents through family engagement and treatment for trauma.

In addition, completion of this two-day training meets the educational requirements when applying to become a Certified Family Trauma Professional (International Association of Trauma Professionals


General Credits

This course is available for 12.5 total CPDs

The HPCSA has declared that any on-line courses CPD/CEU credited by a certified US board, is automatically CPD/CEU credited in South Africa. 

As there are different boards for different disciplines, we at Acacia suggest that you use the Counselling CPD/CEU credits. These correspond to South African credits of one CPD/CEU per 60 minutes. If you choose to use your discipline's credits, please do so at your discretion.

Florida Social Workers

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling. Provider Number 50-399. This self-study course qualifies for 12.5 continuing education credits. 



Robert Rhoton, PsyD, LPC, D.A.A.E.T.S.'s Profile

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Vice President

International Association of Trauma Professionals

Robert Rhoton, PsyD, LPC, DAAETS, is a retired faculty member from Ottawa University (Phoenix) where he worked for 20 years in the Behavioral Sciences and Counseling Department. Dr. Rhoton’s primary interests are training counselors to work with traumagenic family dynamics; child & family trauma; and non-egoic models of treatment.

As CEO of Arizona Trauma Institute, Dr. Rhoton has supervised multiple outpatient clinics, juvenile justice programs, and intensive outpatient substance abuse programs for adolescents, as well as day treatment programs for children and youth, adult offender programs, child and family therapeutic services, advanced training in child and adolescent trauma treatment, family therapy, and family trauma work.

Dr. Rhoton is the past president of the Arizona Trauma Therapy Network (2010-2012). He is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and collaborates and consults with several Arizona community behavioral health agencies to fine tune their understanding of trauma. Dr. Rhoton serves on the Arizona Department of Health Services Trauma Informed Care (TIC) task-force as a community member. He is a gubernatorial appointee to the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners and Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family.

Speaker Disclosure:

Financial: Robert Rhoton is CEO of Arizona Trauma Institute, LLP. He receives compensation as an Assistant Professor in the Behavioral Sciences and Counseling Department at Ottawa University. Dr. Rhoton receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Robert Rhoton serves on the Arizona Department of Health Services Trauma Informed Care (TIC) task-force as a community member and is also a gubernatorial appointee to the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health.

Target Audience

Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, Case Managers, Addiction Counselors, Therapists, Marriage & Family Therapists, Other Mental Health Professionals, Nurses, School Counselors, School Social Workers, School Psychologists, Other Professionals Working with Children


  1. Utilize the physiology of the body as a means to explain dysfunction and traumatic family patterns to improve clinical outcomes.
  2. Utilize clinical strategies to incorporate treatment that reduces the impact of Traumagenesis in families.
  3. Explain the clinical implications of the theory that from a family prospective, trauma is more about Traumagenesis than focused on specific events.
  4. Identify the parts of the brain and nervous system that create trauma and change family dynamics and relate this to case conceptualization.
  5. Utilize clinical strategies to reduce the feelings of shame, guilt and judgement in clients.
  6. Correlate the findings of the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACEs) to the lifelong impact on people and families for the purpose of client psychoeducation.
  7. Explain the process by which trauma is created and maintained in families and it’s clinical implications.
  8. Explain how the process of adaption and change creates problematic behaviors and dysfunctional family dynamics, and how the process of adaptation informs the clinician’s choice of treatment interventions.
  9. List the stages of safety building as related to clinical treatment.
  10. Put into clinical practice the International Association of Trauma Professionals trauma treatment structure.
  11. Assess family dynamics from a Traumageneic prospective and how these dynamics inform clinical treatment options.
  12. Apply the primary models of family-based treatment for trauma in a clinical setting.


Day 1

  • Trauma: The Creator of Adaptive and Maladaptive Behavior Traumagenesis
    • Neurobiology/physiology and the creation of adaptive responses
    • Adaptive responses and reason, planning or intentionality
    • Environmental activators of the threat response system
  • How Trauma is Created and Maintained in Families
    • Adaptive and maladaptive behaviors
    • Patterns become family culture
    • Family culture becomes a transfer agent between generations
  • The Impact of Trauma on Family Culture
    • Patterns and genetics
    • How beliefs and personally relevant truths are established
    • Family homeostasis based on trauma and the resultant behaviors
  • Assessing Family Trauma
    • Traumagenic assessment process
    • The 7 domains of assessment for families
    • Family Strengths and Needs and Trauma Assessment FANS-T
  • Stabilizing Families for Treatment
    • Reactive adaptation to help families feel safe in therapy
    • Normalize the reactions that operate in the family
    • Build hope through compassion and respect
    • Engage families in the process of treatment
Day 2
  • Treatment from a Family-Based Prospective
    • Benefits of treating families over children for trauma
    • Neurobiological sound approach to treatment
  • Essentials for Family-Based Trauma Treatment
    • Manage self and keep out of the threat response system
    • Calm parties by educating them on the treatment process
    • Focus on function over behaviors
    • Deal with shame, guilt and judgment
  • IATP Treatment Structure for Families
    • Active ingredients applied to family treatment
    • Relationship building: Safety and predictability in treatment
    • Psychoeducation
    • Self-regulation skill building
    • Growth and resilience in families
  • Models of Treatment for Families
    • Figley’s family trauma treatment
    • ARC – Attachment, Regulation and Competency
    • CPP – Child and Parent Psychotherapy
    • Brier and Langtree’s Self-trauma treatment structure
    • Relationship enhancement play therapies
  • Resolution of Trauma within Families
    • Put families on the pathway to growth and resilience
    • Activities to help families prepare for intervention
    • Examine family culture for activators
    • Create a shared language around common elements

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