The Heal For Life “Certificate in Trauma Theory” is a one-year program consisting of six modules (or units of learning). The training can also be used to deepen your own understanding of the different types of interventions used in helping people who have suffered from trauma.

Students complete 6 modules (known as CARs), which will provide a framework for understanding the theoretical knowledge and practice behind trauma peer support work. Students will be given the opportunity to explore the relevance of the theoretical themes within their personal lives.  Training takes place through out the year on the Thursday and Friday of each community week.  They are usually 8 hour days.


Students can either:

  • complete the 6 modules (CAR2 to CAR7) and all assignments leading to a Certificate in Trauma Theory (DE) at a cost of $1800 or
  • attend the 6 modules (CAR2 to CAR7) (and not complete the assignments) and receive a Certificate in Trauma Theory at a cost of $1200

Heal For Life recognises students will come from varying educational backgrounds and encourages those who have not completed formal education to enrol. You will be supported in all aspects of your learning.

If you would like to attend individual modules they cost $300 for 2 days, you can complete the assignment and be assessed.  Costs for Distance Education are the same as for attendance.


The Heal For Life Certificate in Trauma Healing comprises six modules (CARS)

CAR 2 – History and Theory of Trauma Healing
CAR 3 – The effects of trauma on the brain and Attachment Theory
CAR 4 – Childhood Abuse and Altered Development
CAR 5 – Professional Practice Issues, Boundaries and Visualisations
CAR 6 – Applied Transactional Analysis and Conflict Resolution
CAR 7 – How To Utilise Faith To Assist In Trauma Healing

These are drawn from the 8 modules of the Certificate in Trauma Practice and Theory.  Students enrolled in the Certificate in Trauma Healing start with CAR 2 as their first module.

Module Information

  • Modules will be presented approximately every six weeks for two consecutive days
  • Each module will include 14 hours of face-to-face learning
  • Students are expected to spend at least 4 to 8 hours in pre-module attendance preparation
  • As the Modules build on each other students will be required to complete the assessment tasks for each module, before the start of the next module. Any extension will require written permission from the Education Coordinator
  • Students may be awarded Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for prior relevant study. If you are applying for RPL, please contact the Education Coordinator as soon as possible. Applications for RPL must be made in writing
  • A Student may choose to do the full course over an extended period of time.


Students will:

  • Develop knowledge and critical understanding of the research and theoretical basis for the Heal For Life Model
  • Learn appropriate intervention strategies
  • Understand triggering, emotional release and recovering of trauma
  • Recognition of anxiety and appropriate responses
  • Developing skills in the decision making process
  • Understand appropriate boundary setting
  • Have an in depth understanding of professional ethics
  • Develop a capacity for reflection and evaluation of the self
  • Demonstrate the capacity and willingness to use the Heal For Life Model


Students will develop competencies in

  • Listening Skills
  • Confidence
  • Application of theoretical knowledge gained in the modules to own life situation to enhance one’s own healing

Attendance Requirements

We support flexible study where possible. Students are welcome to attend as few modules as they wish.  As there is advanced preparation required, it is necessary for students to contact the office as soon as they become aware that they are unable to attend a module.

Assessment Requirements for Certificate in Trauma Healing – Theory

  • Students must complete all requirements of a module to achieve a “satisfactory” grade to pass the module. This includes submission of all written and practical assessment tasks set out in the Module Outline
  • All assessments must be submitted and finalised before the next module commences
  • Students must clearly print their full name on all assessment submissions. Assessment tasks may be submitted via email or post
  • Students challenged by learning difficulties may be permitted to provide a verbal assessment if necessary, however, prior arrangements must be made and agreed to
  • It is preferred that all assessments are typed. If this is a problem, please discuss this with the Education Coordinator
  • It is important that students keep a copy of all work ‘just in case’ there is a computer problem or an assessment is lost in the mail
  • Please use the Harvard referencing style
  • An Introductory Study Skills and Essay Writing document is available on request.

Heal For Life Commitment to Students

  • Heal For Life will provide individual module information on theory days
  • Heal For Life will provide appropriate shared accommodation during the module
  • Heal For Life will be fair and supportive when marking assessments
  • Heal For Life has protocols for relationship resolutions
  • Heal For Life residents welcome students and will always try to make students comfortable at Heal For Life Foundation.

Please note that Students studying the Heal For Life Certificate in Trauma Healing will share their studies with other students, including HFLF Peer Support Volunteers studying the Heal For Life Certificate in Trauma Healing for HFLF Peer Support Volunteers.

For more information and enrollments please contact:

Liz, Education Coordinator
Phone: 02 4998 6003  |
Email: education@healforlife.com.au