100% Online Accredited Certificate Course on Traumatology – Part 1

100% Online Accredited Certificate Course on Traumatology – Part 1 starts on 26/08/2021

An Online 12 Hour Comprehensive Course on “Trauma Informed Practice” conducted by Associate Professor Dr. Michelle Mars starts on Thursday the 26th of August 2021 from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm. Live lectures via Zoom will be held on Thursdays from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm and on Sundays from 4 pm to 6 pm for three consecutive weeks duration. 

The IMH is pleased to announce and organize a very special online 12 hour 3 weeks course that will be personally conducted by Associate Professor Dr. Michelle Mars for all IMH Students, Diplomates / Graduates, Faculty and Staff, and for non-IMH participants (undergraduate students and other professionals) interested in learning about Trauma and its impact, diagnosis, treatment and management (Traumatology).

Aims of the Traumatology-Part 1 Course 

In this online certificate course you will be introduced to trauma informed practice and state of the art therapy protocols in regards to working with trauma.

Two areas of trauma work on complex trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are the main focus of this course.

The area of complex trauma is understood to be the result of children’s exposure to multiple traumatic events, often of an invasive and interpersonal nature.

The wide ranging and pervasive effects of adverse childhood events, in particular childhood
trauma, on later life functioning and adult mental health are a key theme throughout the
course. You will be asked to consider the impact of trauma throughout the lifespan.

PTSD is a separate trauma diagnosis that can be understood as the result of a combination of
thoughts, behaviors and feelings. PTSD tends to be linked to more discreet and identifiable events than complex trauma. However, the diagnosis is no longer limited to horrific events such as war and disaster and has been broadened to take into account longer term exposures occurring in childhood and across the lifespan. Mostly we resolve distress naturally but for some people emotional distress continues long after the event has passed. This is when the diagnosis of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is likely to be made. There is a link between Adverse Childhood Events and complex trauma and an individuals propensity to develop PTSD.

Trauma informed practice is increasingly recognized as a method of working with clients in a
deep way to heal the source of psychological issues. Addictions, disordered eating and other
problems individuals experience, whether they realize it or not, are often a response to past
trauma. Working with the trauma history rather than the symptom (for example the addiction
or dysfunctional behavior) has the potential to lead to lasting healing and resolution of the
symptomatic response.

Trauma has been recognized as one of the most complex areas to work. Complex trauma
histories pose some of the most difficult challenges and dilemmas faced by therapists and
other helping professionals. Emotional and physical safety and trust are vital in the therapeutic
relationship. A collaborative and empowering relationship between the therapist and client is
vital to the treatment.

Profile of the Course Instructor / Facilitator

Associate Professor Dr. Michelle Mars is a Psychotherapist and Social Scientist at Torrens University in Australia. Her research interests are mental health, gender and sexuality and wellbeing. Michelle worked for 10 years as a lecturer and senior lecturer at Massey University in New Zealand, and subsequently as contract researcher at Victoria University of Wellington, before moving to Australia in 2011.

In the course of her career she has worked in the public, private, and not for profit sectors in the areas of counselling and psychotherapy, mental health and suicide prevention, and gender and sexuality. Michelle’s publications include academic journals, book chapters, and creative works. She also publishes in the mainstream media.

Please watch the YouTube Video link below for the Course Introduction Video:

DrMichelleMars Website


Course Evaluation / Assessment

The formal course evaluation and assessment will be 100% online via several short assignments to be completed during and after the course and submitted directly to the course Instructor for evaluation.

Discounted Course Fees and Enrollment

The discounted participation fee for any current or past IMH Student or Graduate / Diplomate is Rs. 6,000/- only and for non-IMH participants its Rs. 10,000/-. A valuable and Accredited IMH Certificate of Course Completion signed by the IMH and Dr.  Michelle Mars will be awarded to all participants who complete and submit the course assignments at the end of the program.

If you are interested to enroll for this program you are kindly advised to register yourself on or before the 21st of August 2021 by visiting the IMH office at No. 43A=1/1, Haig Road, Colombo-04. Alternatively, you can email us on imh.colombo.sl@gmail.com briefly describing your academic or professional background and your interest to register for this online course. This course is not suitable for school-leavers and we will be selecting only professionals (HRM, Teachers, Trainers, Lecturers, etc.), clergy, medical, healthcare, public health, social workers, psychology and counselling students, diplomates and graduates for this specialized and advanced course. Payments can be made by cash, bank transfer or with VISA or MasterCard credit / debit cards.

Course Recognition and Accreditation

This 12 Hour online course is fully accredited and endorsed by the Accredited Counsellors, Coaches, Psychotherapists and Hypnotherapists (ACCPH), UK