Certificate

EARN A WORLD CLASS CERTIFICATION IN TRAUMA RECOVERY

Master Trauma Recovery in 12-months. Learn the fundamentals of truth, forgiveness, and reconciliation through an indigenized lens.

Start Date:
September 2024

Enroll by October 2024

Duration:
12 Months

Including Orientation

Format:
Hybrid

In-Person & Online Learning

Language:
English

Including Resourses

Program Overview

Unlock the power to transform lives and redefine your professional journey with The Becoming Method™, a groundbreaking certificate program, that stands as a pioneering approach to trauma recovery, addressing disconnection and separation at its core. This transformative method, designed for nurses, mental health practitioners, and community healers/advocates across Canada, provides a holistic perspective on healing and opens doors to RN-Psychotherapy practice. More than just a certificate, The Becoming Method™ fills a crucial gap in indigenized, Afro-centric trauma-informed, holistic mental health care.

Structured into three levels of certification, this program uniquely attends to physiological, mental, and spiritual responses to trauma, fostering both individual and communal healing. Going beyond traditional boundaries, The Becoming Method™ incorporates entrepreneurship mentorship and coaching, offering participants the tools to excel in their professions and make a lasting impact in the nursing field and the Black community.

Program Outcomes

We move beyond the industry standard and support our graduates in becoming successful entrepreneurs.

Business wrap-around support offered to every graduate

We're partnering with several organizations to ensure this program offers guidance and resources to help you build a successful career in the psycho-therapeutic field. Our support will include help with marketing & sales, processes & structure, and business coaching & mentorship.

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Graduates can work as trauma recovery specialists with our Institute

Should you decide you would like to partner with us upon graduating, whether independently or through a contract, we will list you on our website and partner you with clients to serve.

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Chart your course from a solo-practitioner to a franchise manager

Receive the holistic training and support you will need to mature from being a Becoming Method™ practitioner to owning and managing a Becoming Healing Centre.

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Building Collaborative Partnerships

To create the most enriching experience for our students and practitioners, we are forging partnerships with hospitals, schools of nursing, research institutions, organizations, and industry leaders to bring diverse perspectives to our curriculum.

Certificate Roadmap

The program’s hybrid format combines in-person and online learning, providing flexibility and fostering a sense of community. The program follows competencies set by the CPRO – College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.

What you will learn

Level 1: Self-Health
Becoming 101: Introduction to Psychotherapy

In this course, students will delve into the diverse field of psychotherapy, exploring its history, theoretical foundations, and significant transition points in paradigms of practice and technical approaches. Through a combination of theoretical exploration, case studies, and practical exercises, students will develop a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental concepts and techniques used in psychotherapy. The course will cover different theoretical frameworks and therapeutic modalities that traverse cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, and integrative approaches.

Throughout the course, students will explore the art of building a therapeutic alliance, establishing rapport with clients, and creating a safe and supportive environment. Furthermore, they will gain insights into the ethical principles and guidelines that govern the practice of psychotherapy, ensuring the provision of professional and responsible treatment.

Becoming 102: Mindful Fitness Developing Self-Healing Practices for Psychotherapists
This 16-week journey is life altering and mirrors the exact process their clients will eventually experience. Through a combination of theoretical exploration, self-reflection and a final practical assignment, students will gain a comprehensive overview of the fascinating field of psychotherapy. As students reflect on their movement through this process, they will be empowered with the knowledge and understanding to truly support their clients when you become a Trauma Recovery Specialist.
Becoming 103: 3-Day Intensive Training Retreat
Welcome to Becoming 103, a pivotal course within the 12-month Trauma Recovery Certificate at the Becoming Institute. This immersive 3-day in-person training retreat is a transformative experience meticulously designed to instill a powerful ethos within our program—one centered around compassionate empathy and the relentless pursuit of balance and connection.
Level 2: Theory & Practice
Becoming 201: Forgiveness & Holistic Trauma Recovery
In this course, students will examine the profound effects of forgiveness on the individual's recovery and healing journey. Guided by the theoretical framework Smashing the Mirror: A Transformational Perspective on Trauma and Recovery, students will explore the seven elements of the trauma narrative and how this is used to support movement through the seven moments of healing on the trauma recovery journey. Through engaging discussions, readings, and case studies, students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the transformative potential that conscious forgiveness offers. Additionally, they will explore how forgiveness and gratitude synergistically contribute to the personal transformation process all psychotherapy clients move through.
Becoming 202: Metaphysics and the Process of Becoming on the Healing Journey
Throughout this course, we will delve into metaphysical principles and their pertinence to trauma recovery emphasizing the importance of personal transformation and the role metaphysics plays in assisting individuals on their healing journey. We will examine key topics such as consciousness, perception, causality, energy healing, and personal transformation. Our exploration will equip students with valuable tools to better understand the metaphysical dimensions of traumatic responses and the healing process. Additionally, we will explore how metaphysical principles can illuminate and empower the process of becoming —wholeness of the physical, mental and spiritual self.
Becoming 203: Epigenetic & Intergenerational Trauma
In this course, we will explore the emerging field of epigenetics and its intersection with intergenerational trauma. We will examine the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on genetic expression and the transmission of trauma between generations. By dissecting the profound mechanisms through which traumatic experiences leave an imprint on our DNA, we will uncover new insights into healing, prevention, and intervention strategies. Through a combination of lectures, case studies, and interactive discussions, participants will leave with a comprehensive understanding of the dynamic relationship between epigenetics and intergenerational trauma.
Becoming 204: Polyvagal Theory, Trauma, and the Response of The Nervous System
In this course, we delve into the complex realm of trauma and explore Polyvagal Theory as a framework for understanding its impact on the nervous system. We examine the three states of the autonomic nervous system: the ventral vagal, sympathetic, and dorsal vagal states, and how they shape our responses to trauma. Through a series of interactive lectures, case studies, and practical exercises, students will learn how to recognize and differentiate between the various states of the autonomic nervous system in trauma survivors, and develop the skills necessary for effective interventions. The course also covers practical approaches to regulation, co-regulation, and techniques that foster safety and connection in trauma recovery.
Becoming 205: Holistic Trauma Recovery & The Power of the Conscious, Subconscious, and Superconscious Mind
This course explores trauma recovery through a holistic lens, examining the roles played by the conscious, subconscious, and superconscious mind. Drawing on the groundbreaking work of Bessel van der Kolk, students will gain insights into the physiological, psychological, and spiritual dimensions of trauma. The course expands its scope by incorporating contributions from key authors, such as Robert M. Williams, Joseph Murphy, Paul Brunton, and Peter A. Levine, to explore the transformative power of the mind in healing. The curriculum will cover topics such as the impact of trauma on the mind-body connection, the significance of subconscious patterns in shaping behaviors, and the potential for spiritual and superconscious experiences to contribute to the healing process. Through a combination of theoretical exploration, practical exercises, and case studies, students will develop a multifaceted understanding of trauma recovery that incorporates psychological, spiritual, and somatic dimensions of care.
Becoming 206: Afro-Descendant Indigenous Ways of Knowing & Being
This course offers students a comprehensive exploration of trauma recovery within the context of historical injustices experienced by the Afro-Descendant communities over the last 500 years. Concept of historical trauma, emphasizing the profound and lasting effects of colonization, the enslavement experience, modern day experiences of oppression and cultural suppression on Afro-descendant individuals and communities. The course integrates the teachings of Eduardo Duran, Dr. Joy DeGruy, and other notable contributors provide students with a deep understanding of the concept of the "soul wound" as a deep, collective injury that affects the spiritual and psychological well-being of Native and Afro-Descendant individuals and communities. Through the lens of Indigenous Ways of Knowing & Being, students will examine cultural resilience, spiritual practices, and community healing as essential components of the recovery process. The course empowers students to apply these insights to trauma counseling with sensitivity and effectiveness.
Becoming 207: Introduction to Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
This course delves into the foundations and nuances of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, emphasizing the contributions of Dr. Christine A. Padesky. Participants will explore key concepts such as cognitive restructuring, problem-solving, and the collaborative empiricism inherent in CBT. The course will also address the innovative approaches presented in Dr. Padesky's work, especially as exemplified in her co-authored book, "Mind Over Mood." Through engaging discussions and practical activities, participants will learn how to adapt CBT techniques to various populations and presenting issues. The course will cover the integration of mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, and other therapeutic strategies to enhance the flexibility and effectiveness of CBT interventions.
Becoming 208: 5-Day Advanced Integration Retreat

Welcome to Becoming 208, the second intensive training retreat within the Becoming Institute’s 12-month Trauma Recovery Certificate program. This 5-day in-person retreat offers students who have traversed two levels of training a unique opportunity to solidify the theoretical underpinning of the Becoming Method™ and seamlessly integrate a comprehensive scope of knowledge into a nuanced yet highly effective therapeutic process.

Becoming 201: Forgiveness & Holistic Trauma Recovery
In this course, students will examine the profound effects of forgiveness on the individual's recovery and healing journey. Guided by the theoretical framework Smashing the Mirror: A Transformational Perspective on Trauma and Recovery, students will explore the seven elements of the trauma narrative and how this is used to support movement through the seven moments of healing on the trauma recovery journey. Through engaging discussions, readings, and case studies, students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the transformative potential that conscious forgiveness offers. Additionally, they will explore how forgiveness and gratitude synergistically contribute to the personal transformation process all psychotherapy clients move through.
Becoming 202: Metaphysics and the Process of Becoming on the Healing Journey
Throughout this course, we will delve into metaphysical principles and their pertinence to trauma recovery emphasizing the importance of personal transformation and the role metaphysics plays in assisting individuals on their healing journey. We will examine key topics such as consciousness, perception, causality, energy healing, and personal transformation. Our exploration will equip students with valuable tools to better understand the metaphysical dimensions of traumatic responses and the healing process. Additionally, we will explore how metaphysical principles can illuminate and empower the process of becoming —wholeness of the physical, mental and spiritual self.
Becoming 203: Epigenetic & Intergenerational Trauma
In this course, we will explore the emerging field of epigenetics and its intersection with intergenerational trauma. We will examine the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on genetic expression and the transmission of trauma between generations. By dissecting the profound mechanisms through which traumatic experiences leave an imprint on our DNA, we will uncover new insights into healing, prevention, and intervention strategies. Through a combination of lectures, case studies, and interactive discussions, participants will leave with a comprehensive understanding of the dynamic relationship between epigenetics and intergenerational trauma.
Becoming 204: Polyvagal Theory, Trauma, and the Response of The Nervous System
In this course, we delve into the complex realm of trauma and explore Polyvagal Theory as a framework for understanding its impact on the nervous system. We examine the three states of the autonomic nervous system: the ventral vagal, sympathetic, and dorsal vagal states, and how they shape our responses to trauma. Through a series of interactive lectures, case studies, and practical exercises, students will learn how to recognize and differentiate between the various states of the autonomic nervous system in trauma survivors, and develop the skills necessary for effective interventions. The course also covers practical approaches to regulation, co-regulation, and techniques that foster safety and connection in trauma recovery.
Becoming 205: Holistic Trauma Recovery & The Power of the Conscious, Subconscious, and Superconscious Mind

This course explores trauma recovery through a holistic lens, examining the roles played by the conscious, subconscious, and superconscious mind. Drawing on the groundbreaking work of Bessel van der Kolk, students will gain insights into the physiological, psychological, and spiritual dimensions of trauma. The course expands its scope by incorporating contributions from key authors, such as Robert M. Williams, Joseph Murphy, Paul Brunton, and Peter A. Levine, to explore the transformative power of the mind in healing.

The curriculum will cover topics such as the impact of trauma on the mind-body connection, the significance of subconscious patterns in shaping behaviors, and the potential for spiritual and superconscious experiences to contribute to the healing process. Through a combination of theoretical exploration, practical exercises, and case studies, students will develop a multifaceted understanding of trauma recovery that incorporates psychological, spiritual, and somatic dimensions of care.

Becoming 206: Afro-Descendant Indigenous Ways of Knowing & Being
This course offers students a comprehensive exploration of trauma recovery within the context of historical injustices experienced by the Afro-Descendant communities over the last 500 years. Concept of historical trauma, emphasizing the profound and lasting effects of colonization, the enslavement experience, modern day experiences of oppression and cultural suppression on Afro-descendant individuals and communities. The course integrates the teachings of Eduardo Duran, Dr. Joy DeGruy, and other notable contributors provide students with a deep understanding of the concept of the "soul wound" as a deep, collective injury that affects the spiritual and psychological well-being of Native and Afro-Descendant individuals and communities. Through the lens of Indigenous Ways of Knowing & Being, students will examine cultural resilience, spiritual practices, and community healing as essential components of the recovery process. The course empowers students to apply these insights to trauma counseling with sensitivity and effectiveness.
Becoming 207: Introduction to Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
This course delves into the foundations and nuances of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, emphasizing the contributions of Dr. Christine A. Padesky. Participants will explore key concepts such as cognitive restructuring, problem-solving, and the collaborative empiricism inherent in CBT. The course will also address the innovative approaches presented in Dr. Padesky's work, especially as exemplified in her co-authored book, "Mind Over Mood." Through engaging discussions and practical activities, participants will learn how to adapt CBT techniques to various populations and presenting issues. The course will cover the integration of mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, and other therapeutic strategies to enhance the flexibility and effectiveness of CBT interventions.
Becoming 208: 5-Day Advanced Integration Retreat

Welcome to Becoming 208, the second intensive training retreat within the Becoming Institute’s 12-month Trauma Recovery Certificate program. This 5-day in-person retreat offers students who have traversed two levels of training a unique opportunity to solidify the theoretical underpinning of the Becoming Method™ and seamlessly integrate a comprehensive scope of knowledge into a nuanced yet highly effective therapeutic process.

Level 3: Practicum
Becoming 301: Authentic & Intuitive Communication for Trauma Recovery Specialists
Offered in conjunction with our 12-week practicum, this course is designed to enhance student’s capacity to authentically and intuitively connect with clients engaged in psychotherapy. Through case studies and practice sessions, both individually and in groups, students will learn various techniques to embody authenticity, foster trust and rapport, and achieve positive therapeutic outcomes. This course will explore advanced communication techniques, including active listening, effortlessly reading and responding to nonverbal communication, and verbal fluency.
Becoming 302 - Holistic Therapeutic Assessments in Practice

This course delves into the dynamic interplay between standardized assessments and holistic approaches in the therapeutic process. Students will explore the application of standardized assessments alongside holistic methods, such as applied kinesiology and David Hawkins' map of consciousness. Emphasis will be placed on developing proficiency in assessing, interpreting, and working collaboratively with clients to identify therapeutic priorities. Practical integration of these approaches into the concurrent 16-week practicum will be a key focus.

Becoming 303: Psychotherapeutic Standards of Practice
This course delves into the essential Psychotherapeutic Standards of Practice, focusing on the principles and guidelines established by regulatory authorities, with a primary emphasis on the standards set by the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and the College of Nurses of Ontario . Topics covered include ethical considerations, professional boundaries, confidentiality, informed consent, cultural competence, and legal responsibilities. Through case studies, interactive discussions, and reflective exercises, students will develop a nuanced understanding of these standards and learn to apply them effectively in real-world therapeutic scenarios.
Becoming 304: Psychotherapeutic Practicum
This 240-hour psychotherapeutic practicum is a dynamic and immersive learning experience designed to prepare students for the complexities of psychotherapeutic practice. Grounded in the Becoming Method™, students will engage with clients facing diverse traumatic responses, honing their skills in assessment, intervention, and therapeutic coaching. The course emphasizes the application of theoretical knowledge in real-world scenarios, encouraging students to navigate the entire therapeutic process, from the initial intake to the coaching phase. Close supervision and feedback will be integral to the learning process, enabling students to continually refine and improve their practice. The course also incorporates the development of essential skills such as client note-taking and self-reflective evaluation, fostering a comprehensive and transformative educational journey.
Becoming 305: Final Practice Exam
The Final Practice Exam is a pivotal moment where you'll demonstrate your proficiency in working with three clients through the entire therapeutic process. This includes showcasing your skills in the intake and assessment process, implementing effective psychotherapeutic interventions, and engaging in a comprehensive self-evaluation. As an independent psychotherapist, you'll have three opportunities to exhibit your autonomy, decision-making, and therapeutic expertise. Constructive feedback will be provided after the first two attempts, with a final success or failure grade given on the third opportunity. Successful candidates will earn certification as Trauma Recovery Specialists from the Becoming Institute, marking your readiness to make a meaningful impact in the field of trauma recovery.
Becoming 301: Authentic & Intuitive Communication for Trauma Recovery Specialists
Offered in conjunction with our 12-week practicum, this course is designed to enhance student’s capacity to authentically and intuitively connect with clients engaged in psychotherapy. Through case studies and practice sessions, both individually and in groups, students will learn various techniques to embody authenticity, foster trust and rapport, and achieve positive therapeutic outcomes. This course will explore advanced communication techniques, including active listening, effortlessly reading and responding to nonverbal communication, and verbal fluency.
Becoming 302 - Holistic Therapeutic Assessments in Practice
This course delves into the dynamic interplay between standardized assessments and holistic approaches in the therapeutic process. Students will explore the application of standardized assessments alongside holistic methods, such as applied kinesiology and David Hawkins' map of consciousness. Emphasis will be placed on developing proficiency in assessing, interpreting, and working collaboratively with clients to identify therapeutic priorities. Practical integration of these approaches into the concurrent 16-week practicum will be a key focus.
Becoming 303: Psychotherapeutic Standards of Practice
This course delves into the essential Psychotherapeutic Standards of Practice, focusing on the principles and guidelines established by regulatory authorities, with a primary emphasis on the standards set by the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and the College of Nurses of Ontario . Topics covered include ethical considerations, professional boundaries, confidentiality, informed consent, cultural competence, and legal responsibilities. Through case studies, interactive discussions, and reflective exercises, students will develop a nuanced understanding of these standards and learn to apply them effectively in real-world therapeutic scenarios.
Becoming 304: Psychotherapeutic Practicum
This 240-hour psychotherapeutic practicum is a dynamic and immersive learning experience designed to prepare students for the complexities of psychotherapeutic practice. Grounded in the Becoming Method™, students will engage with clients facing diverse traumatic responses, honing their skills in assessment, intervention, and therapeutic coaching. The course emphasizes the application of theoretical knowledge in real-world scenarios, encouraging students to navigate the entire therapeutic process, from the initial intake to the coaching phase. Close supervision and feedback will be integral to the learning process, enabling students to continually refine and improve their practice. The course also incorporates the development of essential skills such as client note-taking and self-reflective evaluation, fostering a comprehensive and transformative educational journey.
Becoming 305: Final Practice Exam
The Final Practice Exam is a pivotal moment where you'll demonstrate your proficiency in working with three clients through the entire therapeutic process. This includes showcasing your skills in the intake and assessment process, implementing effective psychotherapeutic interventions, and engaging in a comprehensive self-evaluation. As an independent psychotherapist, you'll have three opportunities to exhibit your autonomy, decision-making, and therapeutic expertise. Constructive feedback will be provided after the first two attempts, with a final success or failure grade given on the third opportunity. Successful candidates will earn certification as Trauma Recovery Specialists from the Becoming Institute, marking your readiness to make a meaningful impact in the field of trauma recovery.

3-day Intensive Training Retreat

3-day Intensive Training Retreat

Our 3-day in-person training retreat is an immersive and transformative experience carefully crafted to establish a powerful ethos within the program — one centered around compassionate empathy and the relentless pursuit of balance and connection. With an unwavering commitment to excellence, this carefully designed retreat serves a dual purpose: firstly, to foster a deep sense of belonging among the aspiring Institute practitioners, and secondly, to introduce student practitioners to the enlightening 8 modalities of the Becoming Method™.

Each day commences with contemplative practices, such as meditation, journaling, affirmative prayer, or invigorating movement exercises. These serve as a resolute foundation, preparing participants for a dynamic blend of teachings, enlightening lectures, introspective exercises, small group collaborations, and other experiential dimensions of healing work. As a testament to our unwavering dedication to your growth, we feature live demonstrations, allowing the lead faculty to work directly with participants in front of the entire group.

During this intensive period of reflexive practice, students are delicately introduced to the essential phases of the psychotherapeutic process. Through an immersive curriculum, students acquire essential skills, including conducting comprehensive client intake, skillfully interpreting standardized assessments for depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and neuroception. Furthermore, they learn the art of opening and closing a psychotherapeutic session, employing applied kinesiology to pinpoint timelines and traumatic events necessitating resolution. Intuitively guiding clients through the therapeutic process and conducting insightful post-session follow-ups further solidifies their expertise.

Retreats of this nature are always an awe-inspiring and dynamic experience, which invigorate students as they witness firsthand the tangible benefits of the Becoming Method™ manifesting in their daily lives. This transformative retreat provides participants with a solid foundation for the program's theoretical and practical components, skillfully delivered during the ensuing second and third semesters. Prepare to embark on a journey of growth, self-discovery, and professional development like no other.

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