FST Professional Development

A step-by-step framework to become a Family Trauma Expert

Where to get started

FST Overview

No Cost


Each month, Dr. Sells will present a live or on-demand one-hour webinar educational overview of one of the core FST| Family Systems Trauma Model techniques. Live interaction and Q & A is encouraged.

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FST Advanced Training Course


One-time Training

A 12-week course with CE credit hours for advanced training in the FST Model and to qualify for FST Certification after graduation. Offered as a digital course online or a 2-day live training onsite with Dr. Sells in Livingston, Montana.

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FST Certified


One-time Training

FST Advanced Training practitioners become FST Certified with 10 hours post-training consultation.

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FST Professional Development Program

FST Overview

Free monthly webinars open to mental health professionals looking for overview information on FST techniques.

FST Advanced Trained

Practitioners with a master’s degree or higher in the mental health field, or graduate level coursework at an accredited school, are eligible to attend FST Advanced Training workshops. Upon completion of the introductory online course, the 2-day workshop, and successful demonstration of skill mastery via post-course test, attendees may receive up to 19 CE credit hours.

FST Certified

Following completion of FST Advanced Training, practitioners can become FST Certified. Certification includes 10 hours of post-training case consultation and requires yearly re-certification. FST Certified Practitioners can place this certification status on their company website, business cards, and letterhead.

FST Consultant

FST Certified practitioners have the opportunity to join the Family Trauma Institute community of trainers as an FST Trainer. Trainers must pass an interview process, and complete an additional 10 hours of individual supervision.

Onsite Training and Workshops

A professor and engaging instructor, Dr. Sells teaches the FST techniques at onsite trainings. Workshop attendees enjoy his hands-on format that includes an overview of the 18 core FST Techniques, case studies and experiential group activities demonstrating how and when to use the techniques.

Email Dr. Sells at info@familytrauma.com for more information.