Advanced Training Programme
III Course on Psychotraumatology of the Trauma Centre/CES
October 28, 2017 to December 15, 2018
CES-Lisbon and CES-Coimbra



In recent years, professionals from different areas have been expressing significant interest in the area of ​​Psychotraumatology. In fact, natural disasters, road accidents, widespread situations of violence are present in the daily lives of today's societies, constituting potentially traumatic events and reinstating the concept of trauma at the heart of modern psychopathology.

It is, therefore, important to promote, in a context of interdisciplinary dialogue, knowledge about prevention and intervention in psychological trauma in situations of crisis, disaster or catastrophe.

In this sense, the Trauma Centre of the Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra, as a Member Society of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ESTSS), will begin the III Training Course in Psychotraumatology with access to the European Certificate of Psychotraumatology, validated by ESTSS.


1.Provide trainees with theoretical and practical knowledge in psychological trauma, including post-crisis, disaster or catastrophe trauma.

2. Promote, in the area of psychological trauma, common terminologies and practices, based on scientific evidence.

3. Implement strategies for prevention, intervention, treatment in psychological trauma, in line with internationally recognised criteria.

4. Reconcile the training obtained with the curricular data required for the European Certificate of Psychotraumatology - capacity of the ESTSS.

5. Facilitate access and knowledge sharing with international intervention networks in Psychotraumatology.

Selection criteria

Target Audience

  • Professionals and students from different areas of Health and Social Sciences;
  • Other professionals involved in potentially traumatic situations (elements of emergency teams, military personnel, first responders, members of security forces, journalists, etc.).

Minimum Selection Requirements

  • Higher Education of 1st Cycle or Equal.
  • Bachelor's degree finalist students in the referred areas, adjacent or related to psychological trauma
Course structure and certification

Course Structure 

The III Training Course in Psychotraumatology will be overall composed by periodic modules (workshops), organised in 6 compulsory sessions and 9 optional sessions, held alternately in CES Lisbon and CES Coimbra.

This edition of the course will begin on October 28, 2017, and will take place at CES Lisbon.

The modules are punctuated with fixed credits and subject to mandatory evaluation.

Criteria for Certification

Participants of the Training Course in Psychotraumatology wishing to apply for the ESTSS European Certificate in Psychotraumatology are required to be an ESTSS member. Trauma Centre associates are, by default, ESTSS members.

Participants who are not yet Trauma Center associates must sign up by completing an online form available at the Trauma Center website: or at the workshop(s)’ registration form.

To obtain the European Certificate in Psychotraumatology participants are required to attend the 6 compulsory modules, adding on the 4 optional modules necessary to attain the 100 credit points. Each module will have a mandatory assessment through a questionnaire of 10 multiple-choice questions. The questionnaire will be made available by the Trauma Center, which will communicate to the ESTSS the results obtained by each candidate. ESTSS is responsible for recording the accumulated credit and for assigning the Certificate.

The ESTSS certification diploma comprises a 40 euros fee (negotiation for lower echelon in progress) to ensure the administrative management of the Certificate.

The modules are periodic, with cumulative credit of 10 points.


Workshops will be held with a minimum of 20 participants. The maximum number of participants is 50.

If vacancies remain in the various modules, non-candidates to the European Certificate in Psychotraumatology may be admitted.

The minimum number of participants required for the optional modules is 10 participants.

Registration and fees


Registration is individual and comprises two modalities:

  1. Attendance of  the complete series (6 compulsory modules + 4 optional modules to choose);
  2. Attendance per module, by completing an online form available on the CES website and the Trauma Centre.


The fees are described below:

  • The fee for the full course, which includes: 6 compulsory modules + 4 optional modules to choose, is 700 euros, in full payment or payment in three installments: 1st (300 euros) at the time of registration; 2nd (200 euros) until February 17, 2018; 3rd (200 euros) until July 14, 2018, for the individual associated participants of the Trauma Centre or for participants proposed by partner institutions of the Trauma Center.
  • For the full course attendance per modules, the total cost is 750 euros (monthly fee of 75 euros) for Trauma Centre associates (individual or proposed by partner institutions of the Trauma Center) and 850 euros (monthly fee of 85 euros) for non-members.
  • In case of attendance of isolated modules, the cost will be 75 euros/module for associates of the Trauma Centre and 85 euros/module for non-members.
  • For Trauma Center associates enrolled in the Full Course (6 compulsory modules + 4 optional modules), who wish to attend optional extra modules, the cost is 45 euros.
  • To obtain the European Certificate in Psychotraumatology two requirements are necessary, which include the following costs:
  1. To be a Trauma Center associate and, inherently, of the ESTSS, with regularized annual dues (value of the dues of individual members - 27 euros, associates/partners - 17 euros);
  2. Enroll in the ESTSS website and register in the Certificate, with, for administrative management of certification, a single fee, currently 40 euros, paid directly to ESTSS.
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