LEVEL 1  | STAR Trained Designation

  1. 3-Day Basic Workshop

  2. Read, “Break EVERY Stinking Chain! Healing for Hidden Wounds” book and workbook.

  3. Go out and use it!

  4. May say, “Level 1 trained in STAR”

LEVEL 2  | STAR Trained Designation

  1. Use STAR with clients for a minimum of 12 months.

  2. Participate in consultation group a minimum of 5 hours.

  3. Attend a minimum of 3 advanced classes including (but not limited to):
    • STAR with addiction survivors
    • STAR with families and couples
    • STAR with sexual abuse survivors
    • STAR with near-term trauma events and ongoing trauma
    • STAR and the physiology of trauma
    • STAR with teens
    • Crisis managers
    • Chronic illness
    • Personality disorders/DID and Borderline
    • STAR refresher course (3-6 hours)

  4. Submit application and application fee for level 2 with proof of completion to STAR Certification Board.

  5. Upon completion may say, “Level 2 trained in STAR”


STAR Certification

  1. Use STAR with clients for a minimum of 24 months (2 years).

  2. After completing all of the above, demonstrate (through audio or video or live) correct use of STAR Level 1, 2, and 3 with individuals, groups, couples/families by submitting 3, 1 to 1.5 hour video-taped STAR sessions with completed case presentations attached.

  3. Submit completed application with fee to STAR Certification Board.

  4. Upon completion, may say “Certified in Strategic Trauma and Abuse Recovery” or “STAR Certified” or “C-STAR”

Maintaining Certification

You must maintain your certification by attending one 3-hr or more workshop and 3 consultation groups and presenting 3 case presentations every 2 years. Alternately, you may present a workshop on STAR that has been approved by the author to replace one of the requirements.

Additional Benefits:

You can opt to participate in a registry which will be free to start but will eventually have a fee attached to it.

You will be listed in the registry with your name, credentials, and level of training. Fully certified counselors will receive top/highlighted billing.

You will receive notifications when a request is made or people will be directed to the registry when a referral request is made.

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