Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) Certification Program for Yoga Teachers and Mental Health Career Professionals

Please Note:

The 2017-18 TCTSY Program is now full. The 2018-19 application will be available in January 2018.

Led by Dave Emerson and Jennifer Turner with Mentors from the Trauma Center Yoga Team.


$3,500 USD - Early Bird (before June 15, 2017)

$4,000 USD - Regular Rate

Payments can be made in full or split into three parts before September 1, 2017.

Prerequisite: To be eligible for the Certification Program, you must have completed some prior training with The Trauma Center Yoga Program.


Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) is recognized as an evidence-based adjunctive treatment for complex, developmental trauma or chronic, treatment-resistant PTSD by The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the United States.

TCTSY was developed at the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts and has foundations in both Trauma Theory and Hatha Yoga practice with an emphasis on body-based yoga forms and breathing exercises. Complex or Developmental Trauma in particular, have such a deep impact on the entire organism that there is a growing understanding among professionals in the field that treatment approaches need to reach beyond psychodynamic psychotherapy. Research done at the Trauma Center and elsewhere has shown the impact of Complex and Developmental Trauma to include most aspects of one’s sense of self and one’s sense of place and purpose in the world as well as measurable impacts on the brain, the endocrine system and even cell biology. Since 2003, the Trauma Center has been developing, implementing, and closely studying a yoga program specifically for survivors of Complex or Developmental Trauma. As a result of our empirical research, TCTSY is proving to be an effective, adjunctive treatment for the most severe trauma. The key to the whole endeavor is a deep understanding of the impacts of Complex and Developmental Trauma.

Best suited candidates who are yoga teachers will have both a vibrant intellectual curiosity regarding trauma theory and a solid level of experience practicing and teaching yoga, which will provide critical subjective and intuitive insight into the place of yoga in a healing milieu. Such yoga teachers will want to make facilitating TCTSY a significant part of their professional life.

Best suited candidates who are mental health care professionals will have experience in their milieu treating patients with complex trauma and therefore a good grounding in trauma theory. These clinicians will want to make TCTSY an active part of their clinical or direct care practice.

Through the close support of supervisors/mentor, participants will be able to spend the time and energy necessary to gain the insight and understanding requisite to build and cultivate a TCTSY program of their own in any setting of their choice. Graduates of the program will be the gold standard for Trauma Sensitive Yoga in their community.

Educational Objectives

  • Participants will gain a deep understanding from a variety of clinical perspectives about the impact of Complex and Developmental Trauma and PTSD throughout the life cycle.
  • Participants will learn, through both close supervision and in-depth individual investigation, why and how to use TCTSY as an adjunctive treatment for Complex and Developmental Trauma and PTSD in any setting with persons of any age.
  • Participants will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to facilitate TCTSY sessions (with either individuals or small groups) as an adjunctive treatment for complex trauma and PTSD in their community of choice.

Program Information

Please note, we have created this program to be primarily web-based so that it is accessible to participants from any geographical location. The only in-person requirement is September 8, 9 and 10, 2017, at any of three locations: the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts, a site in Germany, or a site in Sydney, Australia. Applicants will have the opportunity to choose their opening weekend training site directly on their application.

  • September 8, 9 and 10, 2017, on-site at the Trauma Center
  • Reading on trauma-related topics and short bi-weekly writing assignments will predominate from September through December and then we will switch to practicum/supervision for January-March.
  • There will also be one larger research paper due by March 15, 20118 (topic TBD by student and instructor)
  • Weekly small group meetings will be held on Google Hangout throughout the entire program and will be scheduled according to each participant’s convenience.
  • There will also be weekly full group meetings facilitated by a course instructor on Gotomeeting on Saturday’s at noon EST.
  • Beginning in January, each student will record a weekly, 10-minute practice teaching video that will be shared with their supervisor/mentor.
  • Each participant will receive three individual hours of supervision via Google Hangout and these hours will be scheduled individually.

The program will conclude with the return of the research paper and awarding of certificates by April 5, 2018.

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$3,500 USD - Early Bird (before June 15, 2017):

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