Progressive Counting (PC)

a PC (progressive counting) training program

An effective, efficient, well tolerated trauma treatment

32 CEs, 12 EMDRIA CEs (optional)

Progressive Counting (PC) is a fairly new research-supported trauma treatment that is effective, efficient, well-tolerated by clients, and relatively easy to master. This is a hands-on clinical skills training for using Progressive Counting with clients of all ages who have been exposed to significant trauma or loss. This in-depth training will cover trauma theory, impact of trauma and loss, therapeutic relationship, self-care for counselors/therapists, identification and assessment of traumatized clients, and directly helping clients to manage their symptoms, resolve their trauma/loss memories, and prepare to cope effectively with future challenges.


Participants will be able to:

  • Explain how past trauma or loss can lead to ongoing problem behaviors or symptoms.
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive trauma-informed treatment plan.
  • Teach clients how to control their anxiety, impulsive/acting-out behavior, and other symptoms.
  • Help clients to face and work through their trauma/loss memories.
  • Problem-solve a challenging case using the trauma treatment framework.

The training program involves lecture, demonstration, and in-class practice. This is an experiential training, and part of the learning is to practice the interventions with other participants. Although participants are always in charge of what they disclose, many individuals have reported that their participation led to facing personal issues. Participants should be mental health professionals (or grad students/interns) with an active psychotherapy caseload.

PC Certification

This training will qualify as the first step towards Certification in Progressive Counting.

 Adult, Teen, or Child Focus

All of the programs listed below provide the standard PC training, and you can attend any with the confidence that you're receiving the PC training. However, there is slight variation from one program to another, reflecting how the trauma-informed therapy approach, featuring PC, is used with clients of different ages. For example, the Child focus includes a child-specific initial interview, and the Teen focus includes a goal-setting motivational interview.

PC/Child Focus was previously called Child & Adolescent Trauma Treatment Intensive.

“It is the VERY BEST PROGRAM that I have attended in my 30 years of work in Mental Health at the Board of Education. The participants felt the same.”

        Cristina Casanova, M.Ed.
        Citywide Co-ordinator of Professional Staff Development, Board of Education, New York City.

PC/Teen Focus was previously called Treating Problem Behaviors.

"I found the material exceptionally accessible and practical. After attending the training I literally begin using the interventions in my next session. The structure and creativity of this system is transforming my already successful practice treating juvenile sex offenders."

        Galyn Forster, MS, LPC
        Past President, Oregon Adolescent Sex Offender Treatment Network
        Co-Author of Tell It Like It Is: A Resource For Youth In Treatment. Safer Society Press, 1998.

Instructors: Ricky Greenwald, PsyD | Annie Monaco, LCSW-R | Kriss Jarecki, LCSW-R | Ann Beckley-Forest, LCSW-R | Nicole Wolasz, LCSW-R | Denise Houston, LPC | Lindsay Farrar, LMHC | Cindy Arnold, LPC

Text book (included):

Time to completion: Normally, you'll complete your PC training with your group, as scheduled. However, if you should miss one or more days, you'll have a year from the first class session to make it up. Up to an additional year may be allowed in exceptional circumstances, and with the approval of TI & CTI.

Upcoming Trainings:

  • Wednesday - Saturday, June 14-17, and Friday, July 14, 2017. Co-sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars. Atlanta, GA area. Child Focus. For more info and to register, contact Instructor: Denise Houston, LPC.

Earlybird rate $600 through August 15, 2017; $750 after August 15.

$750.00 Now $600.00
  • Monday - Friday, September 18-22 + Mon Oct 23 or 2 web-based Group Consultation sessions at your convenience. Co-sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars. Instructor: Ricky Greenwald, PsyD. Northampton, MA. Adult + Child Focus (extended training session to cover both).
  • Fall 2017. October 12, 13, 16, 17 and November 28.  Co-sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars. Buffalo, NY area.  Child Focus.  Instructors: Annie Monaco and Nicole Wolasz.  For more info and to register, contact Nicole Wolasz, LCSW-R.
  • Fall 2017. October 18-21, and November 3, 2017. Co-sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars. Atlanta, GA area. Child Focus. For more info and to register, contact Instructor: Denise Houston, LPC.
  • Spring 2018. March 1-2, March 22-23, and April 26 (9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. each day).  Co-sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars. East Aurora, NY.  Instructor: Kriss Jarecki.  For more info and to register, contact Kriss Jarecki
  • Spring 2018. March 8-9, April 12-13, and May 10 (9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. each day).  Co-sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars. Olean, NY.  Instructor: Kriss Jarecki.  For more info and to register, contact Kriss Jarecki

Special Needs: Requests to local sponsor/registrar for special accommodations.

Otherwise, only closed trainings are scheduled (e.g. for an agency). To schedule a training for your group, contact the Trauma Institute/Child Trauma Institute.

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