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PTP Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Q: Do I have to be licensed in order to sign-up and participate in a professional training program?
    A: Yes. Our professional training programs are designed to be taken by licensed mental health professionals (psychiatrists, psychologists, clinical social workers, mental health counselors).  Graduate students who have permission from their professor or supervisor may also apply.

  2. Q: Do I have to take the courses in order?
    A: Yes, the courses are designed to follow in sequence. In some cases, if a potential student has sufficient background in complex trauma and/or dissociation, (s)he may be permitted to register in a more advanced course, or the second part of a course. This would be decided by the instructor and course director(s). Because of the methodology of the course, it is advisable to start with the Introduction to Complex Trauma, Part 1.

  3. Q: If I took an Intro course in the past, can I go into the Standard?
    A: Because the courses have been completely redesigned, it might be best to start with the new Introductory course, comprising of 2-6 class parts. The original Introductory course had only 6 classes and covered on some of what is now in the Introductory course. However, you should discuss this with the course instructor and directors to gauge which course would be most appropriate to begin.

  4. Q: Do my courses count for the ISSTD Certificate Program?
    A: Yes, they all count towards the ISSTD Certificate Program.

  5. Q: Can I get ISSTD Certificate Credit for PTP courses I've already taken?
    A: Certificate credit is given for all PTP courses starting from 2012. 2012 was the year the courses were revised and the Certificate Program was started.

  6. Q: What's the difference between online. teleseminar, and in-person courses?
    A: In-person courses usually meet every 2 to 4 weeks at a designated location. Students read the assigned materials between classes. Online courses are asynchronistic. Faculty and students post remarks and respond to each other whenever they are able to do so following the outlined schedule. Online groups do not meet in person; all of the work is done online. Teleseminar courses follow the same course curriculum as the “in person” courses. However, meetings are via the Zoom platform, a video conferencing service. Meetings are at designated times, and you are expected to attend and participate in discussion as you would with an “in-person” course. Teleseminar classes are not recorded.

  7. Q: How do I find a course in my area?
    A: Courses are listed under Upcoming Training Events on the ISSTD website.

  8. Q: Do the courses earn Continuing Education credits?
    A: Yes, all the courses qualify for CE credits, which can be purchased in addition to the regular course fee through our CE co-sponsor, CE Learning Systems. Currently APA and ASWB credits are available for all courses.

  9. Q: Do the courses earn Continuing Medical Education credits?
    A: No, not at this time.

  10. Q:  How do I access the course materials?
    A: Enrolled students may access course materials approximately three weeks prior to the start of each course through our online learning management system, CourseSites by Blackboard. Each student will receive a link to the course syllabus in the confirmation email sent after enrolling in the course,

  11. Q: Do I need to purchase any course materials?
    A: All courses require participants to purchase course textbooks. Please refer to the course level pages and course confirmation emails for more information about required readings or contact the course faculty member.


    If you have any additional questions, please contact info@isst-d.org

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