Certified Christian Trauma Care Provider Level 1 (CCTCP-1)

New International Schedule Offering

We have 7 spots available for those who are interested in taking this training but are in a closer time zone to Europe. The dates for this training will take place from June 23-24 Central European Standard Time. See the full schedule below.

North American Schedule is full.

We are still taking applications! If you apply and are approved we will add you to the wait list. If we are unable to open up a spot we will put you at the top of the list for next year.

CTHN’s Level 1 Training is a nine-hour training designed for Christian professional and lay counselors who desire to learn the basics for counseling clients who have experienced past trauma. The instructors will teach the course content using biblical principles and a distinctly Christian worldview. This course is an overview of counseling practices for providing healing from a traumatic event or series of events. It does not cover advanced methods of counseling, nor does it offer specific practices for helping clients who are currently being traumatized.

Certification and Continuing Education

Christian Trauma Healing Network (CTHN) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7313. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Christian Trauma Healing Network (CTHN) is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Completion of this training grants participants the title of Certified Christian Trauma Care Provider, Level 1 (CCTCP-1). In addition, licensed mental health professionals may gain nine (9) Continuing Education (CE) hours for completion of this course. Please check with your state licensing board to ensure it accepts CE hours from the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC).

The CCTCP-1 certification is valid for one year following the training. Participants who want to keep their certification active beyond one year will have the opportunity to take a three-hour training in Spring 2024. Completion of this additional training will keep their certification active for an additional year.


Because this training does not include basic counseling skills, participants must have received prior training in order to attend. Accepted prior training may include any one of the following:

  • At least two three-hour master’s level courses in basic counseling skills
  • Completion of certification from Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF)
  • Completion of Level 1 certification from the Association of Biblical Counselors (ABC)
  • Completion of the Equipped to Counsel course
  • Completion of a lay counseling course or program totaling no less than 20 hours


Before acceptance into the Level 1 training, potential participants must complete an application. This application is designed to ensure that participants have met the prerequisite requirements. It also includes participant demographic information and a space to request accommodations for disabilities. Jump to application.


The cost for this course is $200.00.

Upon acceptance into the training, participants will be given instructions for submitting payment. Payment for the course must be submitted in full before the start of the course. Participants are not permitted to pay for only a portion of the course.


The course is offered in a live online venue. Participants will receive login information a week prior to the course. No video recording of the course will be distributed to participants.


All participants will receive a packet of materials prior to the course which will include session outlines and handouts to utilize in counseling sessions and for homework. Participants are encouraged to print their materials before the training begins in order to take notes throughout the sessions.


Participants must attend all sessions of the training. Attendance will be monitored by the software program through periodic attendance checks. All participants must keep their video on during the group consultation sessions. If a participant needs to leave any session for a short period of time (no more than 15 minutes), s/he must send a private message to the training administrator.

Interactive Content

Participants will interact with the instructors through Q&A and chat messages during the scope of the course, and instructors will answer questions as time permits. Each participant will be placed in a consultation group that will meet three times throughout the training. Each consultation group is led by a licensed mental health professional with advanced training in trauma care.

Additional Group Consultation Session

In addition to the group consultation sessions during the training, participants will be offered a separate online group consultation session with their consultation leader and group. This session will occur approximately one month after the training dates. This session allows participants to ask additional questions and talk about specific cases in which they are caring for traumatized individuals. This additional session is included in the cost of the training.

Completion Requirements

In order to receive the certificate of completion, participants must complete all of the following:

·   Attendance at all sessions on June 16 and 17 (June 23 and 24 for International CEST)

·   Participation in consultation groups on June 16 and 17 (June 23 and 24 for International CEST)

·   Course Evaluation Form

·   Course Assessment

Certificates will be emailed to participants after they have completed the assessment and evaluation.

Training Presenter

Beth Broom, LPC-S, CCTP-II

Beth Broom is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPC-S) and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Level 2 (CCTP-II). She owns a private counseling practice specializing in trauma healing. She also serves as a Deacon of Care at The Village Church Denton in Denton, Texas. Beth is the founder and director of Christian Trauma Healing Network, and she co-hosts a podcast called “Counsel for Life,” engaging conversations about mental health and the Christian life.

Group Consultation Leaders

Jess Gallina, LPC, CCTP-II

Jess Gallina is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Level 2 (CCTP-II). She counsels at Fieldstone Counseling as a biblical counselor, serving primarily women, teen girls, and children/families that have experienced trauma. She also speaks and trains at various events, leads a supervision group, and writes articles for the Fieldstone Counseling website.

Greg Wilson, LPC-S, D.Min.

Greg Wilson, D.Ed.Min., LPC Supervisor, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and counselor supervisor, and leads Soul Care Associates, a counseling and consulting practice in Texas. He specializes in counseling adolescents, men, couples, and families through issues such as depression, anxiety, abuse, addictions, trauma, and relational conflict. He also consults with leaders of churches and other organizations on adopting best practices for care.

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Mallory Gerner, LPC

Mallory Gerner is a licensed professional counselor licensed in both Texas and Oklahoma. Her speciality is working with adolescents and young adults, with a focus on trauma. Utilizing both talk therapy and EMDR, she seeks to walk with clients in their journey to heal from trauma and grow closer to the Lord. She is the owner of Summit Tree Counseling, a private practice located in Denton, and a proud board member of the Christian Trauma Healing Network.

Kevin Stratton, LPC, CCTS-I

Kevin Stratton is Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Missouri, a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist (CCTS-I), and a Certified Biblical Counselor (ABC) that works full-time at Victory Mission Men’s Shelter and part-time online with Gospel Care Collective.  He has 18 years of vocational ministry experience working in churches and specializes in trauma, addiction, marriage counseling, and mental health.

Sam Timbrook

Sam Timbrook has a Masters in Counseling and a D.Min in Conflict Resolution. He is a faith based Pastoral Counselor and Board Certified Master Mental Health Life Coach,  as well as a Certified Brain Health Coach(Amen Clinics), specializing in trauma grief.

Melissa Affolter

Melissa Affolter has served in counseling and care ministries for twenty years, and currently works at Fieldstone Counseling as the Content Director and a counseling supervisor. Melissa facilitates ReStoried, a women’s support group for those who have experienced abuse and trauma, and offers workshops and seminars on a variety of counseling-related topics. 

Rick Walton

Rick Walton is a certified Biblical Counselor through ABC, and serves as the Director of Biblical Counselling for True North Soul Care at West London Alliance Church. He has a MDiv with graduate certificate in Biblical Care and Counseling. He has cross-sector leadership experience with over 14 years in the Private Business Sector, and 15 years in the nonprofit sector. 

Amy Morgan, PhD, LPC

Amy Morgan, PhD, LPC, earned a Master of Divinity and a PhD in Psychology and Counseling from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. She is a licensed professional counselor with the state of Louisiana, though she currently lives and serves the underprivileged in Italy. She wrote her doctoral dissertation on issues surrounding trauma and is EMDR Level 1 and Level 2 trained. 

Julia Fillnow, LCSW, MAC, LCAS, CCTS-I

​​Julia Fillnow, LCSW, MAC, LCAS, CCTS-I, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in addiction and trauma. She is nationally credentialed as a Master Addiction Counselor and holds her state-wide license as an addiction specialist, as well as being a certified trauma specialist. Julia currently lives and works in Charlotte, NC and serves as a board member of a ministry helping victims of abuse.

Schedule (Central Standard Time)

June 16, 2023           

6:00pm-7:30pm         Session 1: Trauma and a Biblical Worldview

7:30pm-7:45pm         Break

7:45pm-9:00pm         Session 2: Phase 1 Healing: Receiving

June 17, 2023

9:30am-10:30am      Group Consultation

10:30am-10:45am     Break

10:45am-12:00pm Session 3: Phase 2 Healing: Grieving

12:00pm-1:00pm       Lunch

1:00pm-2:00pm         Group Consultation

2:00pm-2:15pm         Break

2:15pm-3:30pm         Session 4: Phase 3 Healing: Believing

3:30pm-3:45pm         Break

3:45pm-4:45pm         Group Consultation

4:45pm-5:00pm         Break

5:00pm-6:00pm         Session 5: Essentials for the Helper

International Schedule (Central European Summer Time)

June 23, 2023           

6:00pm-7:30pm         Session 1: Trauma and a Biblical Worldview

7:30pm-7:45pm         Break

7:45pm-9:00pm         Session 2: Phase 1 Healing: Receiving

June 24, 2023

9:30am-10:30am      Group Consultation

10:30am-10:45am     Break

10:45am-12:00pm Session 3: Phase 2 Healing: Grieving

12:00pm-1:00pm       Lunch

1:00pm-2:00pm         Group Consultation

2:00pm-2:15pm         Break

2:15pm-3:30pm         Session 4: Phase 3 Healing: Believing

3:30pm-3:45pm         Break

3:45pm-4:45pm         Group Consultation

4:45pm-5:00pm         Break

5:00pm-6:00pm         Session 5: Essentials for the Helper

Session Summaries

Trauma and a Biblical Worldview

In this session, we will discuss the definition and scope of traumatization and trauma care. Participants will learn about trauma’s effects the mind, emotions, body, soul and relationships. We will also cover an overview of a biblical theology of suffering and healing, as well as the specific methodology of Christian trauma care utilized in the three phases of healing.

Phase 1 Healing: Receiving

This session includes a discussion of the first phase of healing, in which counselors must provide safety and support to counselees through active listening, rapport-building and education about how to calm the mind, body and emotions. Participants will learn specific methods for helping counselees receive compassion and rest as they prepare to begin processing the pain of trauma.

Phase 2 Healing: Grieving

In phase two, counselors walk alongside counselees as they grieve the suffering they have experienced. Participants will gain tools for helping counselees share their stories, and we will discuss the ways shame, fear and anger play an important role in the process of grieving. Finally, participants will learn how to discover underlying negative and false beliefs as counselees share their stories, in order to challenge counselees toward living in light of God’s truth.

Phase 3 Healing: Believing

In this session we discuss specific methods to help counselees form healthy relationships, discover their strengths and values, and thrive in their relationship with God. Participants will receive specific tools to share with counselees related to goal-setting and healthy relationship-building. Finally, participants will learn how and when to complete the counseling process with a counselee.

Essentials for the Helper

Counselors must remain healthy in order to continue in the work of caring for traumatized people. This session outlines specific ways in which we can take care of ourselves and pay attention for signs of compassion fatigue. We will also discuss the role the Church plays in creating health and flourishing for those who have experienced trauma, and participants will learn how to partner with churches to build a culture of compassion.

Application for CCTCP-1 Training