FST | Family Systems Trauma Certification

Final Step in the FST Training Program 

Growing from Education to Application

Certification Pre-Requisites

Participants must have a Master's Degree or higher and completed FST Training.  The FST Certification process requires participants to share FST work with actual family cases (without identifiable information).

Family Trauma Specialist

Mastery of FST through application is the next step after FST Training.  FST Certification gives you unique expertise  in treating the entire traumatized family by going beyond learned techniques into practice.

Participant Commitment

To gain confidence through practiced application, participants submit homework reviewed by an FST Consultant prior to each consultation session. Participants attend five monthly 2-hour group consultation sessions. 

What is FST Certification?

✔ Applied learning of FST advanced training skills to your family cases through all 5 Phases of the FST model:

  • Phase I – Diagnosis and Assessment
  • Phase II – Trauma Work Introduction
  • Phase III – Co-Create Trauma Playbooks
  • Phase IV – Troubleshooting and Dress Rehearsals
  • Phase V – Evaluate Progress and Relapse Prevention

✔ Grow in confidence as you submit and present application of the FST techniques each month using your own case family within a small group of FST students and FST Consultant.  HOMEWORK REQUIRED TO BE SUBMITTED IN ADVANCE OF EACH CONSULTATION SESSION.

✔ Expert consultation with feedback from an FST Consultant virtually 2 hours per month for 6 consecutive months.  

✔ Participants must submit homework and attend every session to receive FST Certification.

✔Annual 3-hour Recertification Booster at end of each year to retain and sharpen skills.

Next FST Cohort beginning in August 2024 


Preview an FST Consultation Session

Click to see a short sample of the FST Consultation Experience . Dr. Sells is the consultant in this example, but you may receive consultation from another member of the FST Consultation Team.

FST Consultation


One time payment

  • Present your FST application with a real case each month in each small group consultation session.
  • Receive an FST Certified digital seal to identify yourself as an FST Certified therapist.
  • Be listed with the Family Trauma Institute as an FST Certified Therapist.
  • Eligible to interview to become an FST  Consultant.

Payment Plan


Three monthly payments

Same program and benefits with the payment plan.