Modules are held on the Thursday and Friday of each community week (approximately every 6 weeks).  Modules CAR2, CAR3, CAR4, CAR5 and CAR7 are also offered by distance education.  (CAR6 is currently ONLY offered on-site at our Hunter Valley NSW property).

The Heal For Life Certificate in Trauma Healing for HFLF Peer Support Volunteers comprises 8 modules (called CARs):

CAR1. Introduction to HFL Peer Support Volunteer Practice at Heal For Life (HFL Peer Support Volunteer Training – 5 days).  This initial training program is held twice every year.

CAR2. History and Theory of Trauma Healing (2 days)

CAR3. The effects of trauma on the brain and Attachment Theory (2 days)

CAR4. Childhood Abuse and Altered Development (2 days)

CAR5. Professional Practice Issues, Visualisations (2 days)

CAR6. Applied Transactional Analysis and Conflict Resolution (2 days)

CAR7. Gender Culture religious and worldwide views. (2 days)

CAR8. Advanced Skills for HFLF Peer Support Volunteers (2 days)

PLUS a module on Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) incorporating First Aid (2 days)

Module Information

  • A certificate will be issued to acknowledge your completion of CAR1 (HFL Peer Support Volunteer Training) once you have completed the full week of the HFL Peer Support Volunteer Training Module (CAR1) and a full week of practical placement as a HFL Peer Support Volunteer in a Heal For Life healing program. This qualifies a student to be a PSV.
  • Modules will be presented approximately every six weeks for two consecutive days. (Dates for these will be advised at the beginning of each year).
  • Each module will include 14 hours of face-to-face learning.
  • HFL Peer Support Volunteers are expected to spend at least four to eight hours in pre-module preparation.
  • As the Modules build on each other HFL Peer Support Volunteers 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.
  • HFL Peer Support Volunteers will be required to complete a week as a HFL Peer Support Volunteer in a Heal For Life program between each module in order to apply what they have learnt to their work. This week also pays for the module.
  • HFL Peer Support Volunteers may be awarded Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for prior relevant study. If you are applying for RPL, please contact the Education Co-ordinator as soon as possible. Applications for RPL must be in writing.
  • A current First Aid Certificate must be obtained to achieve the full Certificate in Trauma Healing for HFL Peer Support Volunteers and Heal For Life provides the opportunity each year to attend First Aid training onsite.
  • A HFL Peer Support Volunteer may choose to do the full course over 1 or more years.


  1. Demonstrate a continuing commitment to own healing and spiritual development.
  2. Accepts accountability and responsibility for own actions.
  3. Communicates sensitively and effectively with guests.
  4. Promotes safe and effective work practices.
  5. Provides and evaluates effective caring interactions.
  6. Provides and evaluates own caring interactions for guests with complex needs.
  7. Works collaboratively with other members of the Heal For Life Foundation team.
  8. Ensures own practises are culturally safe.
  9. Ensures own behaviour is consistent with Heal For Life Foundation ethics and philosophy.
  10. Identifies own values and beliefs in ways that enhance caring practice.
  11. Acts to enhance own learning and development.
  12. Practises in accordance with the law.
  13. For guests with complex needs, plan, provide, supervise and evaluate the care provided by self and Peer Support Volunteers under supervision from a Facilitators.

Assessment Requirements (for Certificate in Trauma Healing for HFL Peer Support Volunteers – Theory)

  • HFL Peer Support Volunteers 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.
  • HFL Peer Support Volunteers must clearly print their full name on all assessment submissions. Assessment tasks may be submitted via email or post.
  • HFL Peer Support Volunteers challenged by learning difficulties may be permitted to provide a verbal assessment if necessary, however, prior arrangements must be made and agreed to wit the Education Coordinator.
  • It is preferred all assessments are typed. If this is a problem, please discuss with the Education Coordinator.
  • It is important that HFL Peer Support Volunteers keep a copy of all work ‘just in case’ there is a computer problem or an assessment gets lost in the mail.  We recommend keeping a backup of your assignment work (you can do this by emailing it to yourself or copying it to an external hard drive etc)
  • In later subjects you will need to use the Harvard referencing style.
  • An Introductory Study Skills and Essay Writing document is available on request.

More information and enrolment

Please email the Education Coordinator or call 02 4998 6003.