Stackable Credentials Program

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

What’s included in the framework

Monthly Free Webinars

Each month the Family Trauma Institute hosts a webinar discussing the application of one of the 18 Core Family Systems Trauma (FST) Techniques.

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Stackable Professional Development Designations

1. FST Informed

Therapists, counselors, social workers and other mental health practitioners who attend a minimum of three live technique webinars receive annual access to the FST Informed on-demand technique webinar library.

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2. FST Specialist

Mental health professionals seeking intensive skill development in using in the FST Model can join the Institute’s membership program.Upon completion of 12 on-demand webinars (each worth 1.5 CE hours), members receive an FST Specialist designation to place in a signature line or website.

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3. 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 onsite workshop and successful demonstration of skill mastery via post-course test, attendees receive 21 CEUs and designation as a FST Advanced Trained trauma treatment practitioner.

4. FST Certified

Following completion of FST Advanced Training, practitioners can become FST Certified in using the FST Model. Certification includes 21 CE hours of post-training case consultation and yearly re-certification. FST Certified Practitioners will be recognized on the Family Trauma Institute website and can place this certification status on their company website, business cards, and letterhead.

5. FST Consultant

FST Certified practitioners have the opportunity to join the Family Trauma Institute cadre 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 model at onsite one-day and weekend 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 for more information.

Case Consultation

It’s not unusual for individual practitioners to experience stuck cases. Dr. Sells consults with practitioners to help unstick their most challenging trauma cases.

To inquire about individual case consultation, email Dr. Sells at

Where to get started

FST Informed


Special Access

Attend 3 or more webinars to gain access to this membership.

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FST Specialist

$25 /month or
$250 /year


Monthly webinars with CE hours, document library, podcasts, and more.

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FST Advanced Trained


One-time Training

Introductory online course, 2-day workshop, post-test, 21 CE hours.

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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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