RLH ON-DEMAND TRAINING IS NOW AVAILABLE WITH NCTSN GRANT-FUNDING FOR A LIMITED NUMBER OF PROGRAMS, THERAPISTS, SUPERVISORS AND PROGRAM DIRECTORS SERVING YOUTHS AND FAMILIES WITH COMPLEX TRAUMA
VIDEO-STREAMED LIVE OR IN PERSON RLH TRAINING PROGRAMS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE
RLH Fundamentals Training Programs were developed to expand engagement
and inclusion in evidence-supported complex trauma treatment and provide therapists
with easily accessible tools that combine creative arts, improv, yoga, movement, and
storytelling with the imagery of the ‘hero’s journey’ in a flexible format that can be easily
adapted for diverse youths and families. Tools and activities link youths and
parents/caregivers to strengths in their families and cultural heritage, promote
development of affect modulation skills, strengthen (or build) emotionally supportive
relationships, and promote trauma memory re-integration.
RLH Fundamentals provides therapists with a trauma and resiliency-focused toolkit,
demonstrations, guided practice, consultation groups, and supervisory and directorlevel
consultations. These are ‘how-to’ training programs that enable therapists and
program leaders to implement evidence-supported treatment for complex trauma and
Developmental Trauma Disorder with youths and families who have experienced abuse,
neglect, family violence, historical traumas, losses, illness, or placements into foster
families, juvenile justice, refugee, residential, hospital or school-based programs.
Participants typically receive copies of RLH books and tools and have an opportunity in
workshops to practice use of the RLH developmental, trauma and resiliency-focused
assessment and service plan, session structure, and the Real Life Heroes Life Storybook,
3rd ed., including developing implementation plans for use with youths and families they
are working with. Workshops also include discussion and development of strategies for
managing challenges often encountered as well as adaptations to engage diverse youths
and families and implementation in a wide range of programs.
RLH in-person and video-streamed training programs are adapted for each organization
to match priorities, available time, previous training, and organizational objectives.
Training programs utilize learning collaborative principles for effective training
implementation endorsed by the NCTSN. RLH Fundamentals Training Programs1
typically involve 18 hours of workshops scheduled at optimal times for each
organization, 10 hours of small group consultation (4-8 participants per group meeting
once a month), and 5 hours of supervisory and organizational consultation for program
directors and supervisors. A 6-hour advanced workshop is also available and is focused
on organizational needs and goals.
Looking for a self-paced curriculum for expanding engagementand inclusion of high-risk youths and families, a cost-effectivemeans for infusing and sustaining evidence-supported complextrauma therapy in treatment centers, a crash course in Real LifeHeroes, or an easily accessible toolkit with video guidance forsession preparation? Please check out RLH On Demand below.
RLH On Demand was developed to provide training on complex trauma treatment for
treatment centers experiencing high turn-over and challenges freeing therapists for
scheduled training programs. This program includes the RLH Fundamentals curriculum
and is available for beginning and advanced practitioners at times that best match their
schedules through-out the year on a laptop or mobile device. RLH On-Demand allows
therapists to focus their time on learning how to use the RLH framework and tools that
will be most helpful for their work. This is a practice-focused training program that
helps therapists build on previous training in trauma treatment and begin planning
implementation from the first training module.
RLH On Demand draws from implementation and adult learning research and builds
sequentially beginning with a theoretical and research foundation for attachment and
resiliency-focused complex trauma therapy followed by initial messages to youths and
parents/caregivers, assessments, service planning, fidelity checks and chapter-bychapter
implementation of the RLH Life Storybook. The curriculum is matched to
NCTSN’s recommended ‘best practices’ for child welfare and phase-based complex
trauma treatment and can be used to supplement other evidence-supported trauma
treatment models, e.g., ITCT, ARC, SPARCS, TST, TF-CBT.
Each RLH On-Demand training module includes video and slide presentations, brief
quizzes, therapist reflections and practice activities designed to help therapists become
comfortable implementing tools and activities so they can focus in therapy sessions on
adapting material to increase and sustain engagement. Reflections are designed to
promote therapist growth, use of self in therapy and prevention of secondary PTSD.
Modules are accompanied by PowerPoint handouts that can be used as reference guides
as well as downloadable tools and worksheets that guide implementation. RLH On-
Demand can be used by professionals working alone or in teams. RLH On- Demand can
also be supplemented by small clinical consultation groups as well as
supervisor/director consultation to promote application in a wide range of programs
and with diverse children, adolescents, and families.
RLH On-Demand is now available at:
therapy-for-complex-traumas Applications for a limited number of
grant-funded registrations for program teams and individual therapists are
described below (see p. 13)..
After completion of RLH Training Programs, therapists working with youths and
families with complex trauma/Developmental Trauma Disorder (DTD) will demonstrate
increased understanding and abilities to:
¨ Access and implement an evidence-supported, trauma and resiliency-focused
treatment program with adaptations for diverse families and a wide range of
behavioral health, child and family service, school-based, justice-involved and
¨ Assess feelings, self and co-regulation for youths and parents/caregivers within
primary relationships, levels of safety and emotional support in primary
relationships, uncover openings for engagement of youths and
parents/caregivers, increase skills for self and co-regulation of feelings, promote
safety for youths and families, strengthen youth and parent/caregiver attunement
and trust, promote coping skills to manage stressful events, reduce traumatic
stress reactions to reminders of traumas, help youths and parents/caregivers
overcome feelings of shame and develop a positive self-image for each family
member connected to their heritage.
¨ Engage and empower parents/caregivers to understand the impact of traumas on
their children and their own lives, to learn how to prevent or reduce trauma
reactions and to become the heroes youths need to restore safety and rebuild (or
build) emotionally supportive relationships.
¨ Match treatment interventions to a youth’s emotional and cognitive development,
level of self- and co-regulation, chronicity of traumas and level of security and
emotional support of primary youth-parent/caregiver relationships.
¨ Utilize life story work to help youths and their parents/caregivers to develop
stronger identities linked to their families and cultural heritage including lessons
learned from living through past and ongoing adversity e.g. , discrimination,
racism, community violence as well as relational traumas.
Organizational objectives include:
¨ High rates of therapist implementation of RLH core components, Life Storybook
chapters and Toolkit resources, e.g. Circles of Caring, My Thermometers, SOS
for Stress, Moving Through Tough Times, with 2-4 youths and families
beginning the first weeks after the initial workshop and optimally 10 youths and
families in the first year.
¨ Sustained implementation of RLH core components and NCTSN ‘best practice’
recommendations by therapists after completion of training programs with all
youths and families who have complex trauma/DTD.
¨ Sustained implementation of chapters from the RLH Life Storybook and RLH
Toolkit resources, e.g. Circles of Caring, My Thermometers, SOS for Stress,
Youth and Parent/Caregiver Power Plans, Moving Through Tough Times, after
completion of training with youths and families who have complex trauma/DTD.
¨ Continuation of learning communities initiated or involved in RLH training
including exploration of trauma and resiliency-focused treatment strategies,
adaptations for youths and families served and prevention of Secondary PTSD for
therapists and caregivers.
RLH FUNDAMENTALS CURRICULUM
RLH Fundamentals Training Programs cover:
I. Resiliency-Focused Therapy for Complex Trauma and Developmental Trauma Disorder
¨ The impact and experience of chronic complex trauma/DTD
¨ The challenge of engagement, retention & inclusion
¨ Recommended ‘best practice’ treatment components
¨ Using RLH core components, Life Storybook chapters and fidelity guides to address ‘best practice’ components
¨ Creating opportunities for parents/caregivers and youths to practice attunement and build or strengthen trust with drawing, rhythm, music, yoga and story-telling using the RLH Session Structure, RLH Toolkit Chapter by Chapter guides, Chapter Checkpoints, Pitfalls, Adaptations, Troubleshooting, assessment and chapter by chapter activity worksheets
¨ Clinic-based youth & parent illustrations
¨ Practice implications from RLH research
¨ Feedback from youths and parents/caregivers about RLH
II. Starting the Journey: Expanding Engagement and Inclusion with Resiliency-focused Assessments and Collaborative Service Planning
¨ Building on ‘the hero’s journey’ to restore hope and Transforming therapy into a journey
¨ Opening messages to create realistic hope and demonstrate respect for youths and parents/caregivers coping with adversity
¨ Looking for strengths and resources in the youth, family, their cultural heritage and community
¨ Avoiding shame-inducing messages and diagnostic terms
¨ Using the Circles of Caring and My Thermometers to assess youths and parents/caregivers’ relationships, emotional functioning and regulation within relationships
¨ Assessing attachments, arousal, and developmental levels
¨ Utilizing transference and countertransference as clues to unlock stuck relationships
¨ Multi-dimensional assessment of chronic complex trauma
¨ Youths as wounded angels guiding us to unresolved pain
¨ Prioritizing trauma & resiliency-focused treatment to increase engagement
¨ Utilizing RLH core components in assessments and service planning,
¨ RTC illustration; 17-year old youth and her family
¨ RLH Assessment & Service Plan for a youth and family identified by practitioner
¨ Option: application to 14-year old assessment
III. Developing Emotionally Supportive Relationships, Self- and Co-Regulation Skills to Manage Stressors: RLH Phase I Implementation (RLH Life Storybook Chapters 1-8)
¨ Introducing the Life Storybook and session structure to youths and parents/caregivers
¨ Restoring hope and curiosity with a little magic
¨ Engaging and enhancing youth-parent/caregiver attunement and empathy with rhythm, music, yoga and movement activities
¨ Trauma and resiliency psychoeducation to empower youths and parents/caregivers: introduction to neural development, understanding traumatic stress reactions and how developing affect modulation skills, strengthening emotionally supportive relationships and changing interactive behavior patterns can help
¨ Changing trauma triggers into opportunities for emotional development with Four-Step Parent/Caregiver Responses to reduce or prevent traumatic stress reactions
¨ Learning and practicing SOS for Stress and using the Safety First Card
¨ Building capacity for recognizing and expressing emotions
¨ Utilizing three-chapter storytelling with feelings
¨ Identifying heroes to inspire skill-building and relationships
¨ Understanding how heroes work together, seek help and help others
¨ Developing youth and parent/caregiver Power Plans to change trauma reaction patterns
¨ 17-year old RTC youth Power Plan & Action Cycles
¨ Using The Hero’s Challenge to promote skill-building and developing relationships
¨ Identifying and strengthening primary family relationships over time
¨ Important people and resources; finding and building relationships with mentors, friends, educators, clergy, coaches and other skill-builders
¨ Using ‘improv’ to promote sharing and build or strengthen youth-parent/caregiver relationships
¨ Day treatment 12-year old building interactive support case example
¨ Strengthening self and co-regulation with Mind Power (mindfulness skill-building)
¨ Creating Safe place/Safe relationship drawings and multi-modal stories including attachment-centered Resiliency Shields
¨ Changing the Story (CBT moviemaking exercise for traumatic stress reactions)
¨ Day Treatment 14-year old Example of Abbreviated Case; Changing the Cycle
IV. Moving Through Tough Times, Building a Stronger Identity: RLH Phase II Life Story Integration (RLH Life Storybook Chapters 9-12)
¨ Creating a Life Roadmap
¨ Organizing a Chronological Life Story including transitions and Timeline
¨ Understanding how trauma experience integration works
¨ Applying resiliency-focused trauma experience integration principles
¨ Trauma experience integration with Five-chapter multi-modal storytelling
¨ Managing regrets and shame; apologizing and making restitution
¨ Integration of principles and strategies from CPP, TF-CBT, Progressive Counting & Nightmare
¨ Application to RTC 17-year old
¨ Application to Day Treatment 12-year old
¨ Highlighting a future building on talents and interests
¨ Enhancing a strength-oriented identity (pride) including how the youth and parents/caregivers help others, protect each other and manage stressors
¨ Identifying nurturing and supportive relationships to grow and maintain
¨ Creating an integrated strength-based life story in words, art, music or videos
¨ Helping other youths and families going through hard times and traumas (sharing wisdom and skills learned)
Advanced workshop modules address developing strategies for challenges to trauma treatment along with critical issues in trauma treatment identified in each organization.
V. Caregiver Engagement, Power, & Resilience
¨ Principles, strategies and practice tips designed to engage parents/caregivers based on attachment, trauma and resiliency research, initial messages to demonstrate authentic respect
¨ Engaging parents/caregivers as heroes with authentic respect recognizing what they have done to help their families survive adversity
¨ Building on parents/caregivers’ caring and wishes for their children to re-attune, restore or strengthen positive interactions, and help youths and themselves co-regulate intense feelings
¨ Creating heroes teams including parents/caregivers as family leaders
¨ Using SOS for Stress with parents/caregivers
¨ Empowering parents/caregivers to restore safety and use an enhanced understanding of neurobiology, repeated family interactions and the power of attuned, committed parenting to change repeated trauma reaction cycles and testing of changes by youths
¨ Helping parents/caregivers understand and use what they have learned from their own experiences with adversity and traumatic stress
¨ Finding respectful ways for parents/caregivers to accept youths’ experiences, acknowledge their own mistakes, apologize when appropriate, and make lasting changes
VI. Prevention of Secondary Traumatic Stress for Caregivers and Therapists
¨ Assessment of practitioner and caregiver Secondary PTSD and compassion fatigue
¨ Principles, strategies, and practice tips to prevent secondary PTSD or burn-out by organizations, teams, therapists and caregivers
¨ Putting principles into daily action
¨ Engaging and sustaining engagement with older youths, building on talents, passions and caring, promoting positive relationships and role transitions, rebuilding positive connections to youths’ cultural heritage
¨ Recognizing and building on strengths and reducing stress in highly stressed foster and adoptive families, building on caring and commitment, accepting loss and grief, preventing and reducing traumatic stress reactions
¨ Recognizing and building on strengths and finding ways to promote youths reaching their potential in families with neuro-atypical youths or youths with intellectual deficits
¨ Working with refugee youths and families, living with uncertainty, respecting cultural norms, building on strengths, connections and cultural heritage
Small group consultation sessions include:
¨ Practice strategies, tips, and checkpoints matched to each chapter, moving through the RLH Life Storybook
¨ Youth and family-focused consultation using the RLH Trauma & Resiliency-focused Assessment & Service Plan with practitioner families
¨ Identification of challenges for trauma treatment and development of strategies for model adaptation to overcome challenges
¨ Implementation by therapists and programs with diverse families and programs.
Consultation with supervisors and directors addresses:
¨ Pre-training assessments
¨ Development of training programs
¨ Coordination of workshops and consultation
¨ Trauma and resiliency-focused supervision
¨ Use of fidelity tools
¨ Identification of challenges for therapists and programs
¨ Development of strategies to overcome challenges
¨ Infusion of trauma and resiliency-focused treatment into organizational policies and procedures
¨ Sustaining implementation after training
Organizational consultation is also available including:
¨ Review of program and organizational challenges
¨ Identification of organizational priorities
¨ Creating a learning community
¨ Integration of resiliency and trauma-informed services
¨ Fidelity monitoring
¨ Development of strategies to overcome challenges
¨ Infusion of trauma and resiliency-focused treatment into organizational policies
¨ Sustaining resiliency and trauma-focused treatment
Participants in RLH training programs are typically social workers, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, and counselors working in behavioral health, child and family services, and educational programs serving children and families. Most practitioners in RLH training programs have had previous training in trauma treatment, e.g. TF-CBT or EMDR, and are looking to expand skills, increase engagement and access additional tools developed and tested for use with youths and families with complex trauma. Practitioners seeking RLH training have often been challenged to engage youths and families referred for treatment of high-risk behavior problems, youths who have not disclosed the most significant traumas in their lives, youths or parents/caregivers who refuse to work in trauma-focused treatment, youths who lack a safe, non-offending caregiver who is committed to raising them and able and willing to participate in trauma-focused treatment, families where suspected traumas have not been validated, and families who are grappling with multiple problems and traumas extending over generations and into the foreseeable future. RLH books and training programs provide a framework, strategies, tools and practice tips for engaging these youths and families and expanding the reach of practitioners’’ and organizations’ previous training in trauma treatment.
“I have to share with you how helpful the curriculum has been. . . I use "My Thermometers" with ALL of my clients - they even request it - . . . Thank you for this fantastic tool.”“. . . I've witnessed how your Real Life Heroes program truly does assist children and their caretakers in processing their trauma and strengthening their relationship with each other. . . .” “It's my real first attempt to implement and I am very very pleased with how quickly your format emphasizes safety and trust. Thank you Dr. Kagan for giving us this vehicle to help families rebuild their bonds. . . . I was deeply moved earlier today with interactions between siblings and between child and parent-and all through the open doors your book allowed. . . .”“Dr Kagan had a very nice way of presenting material that is playful and engaging. I have been given more ‘tools’ to use in this presentation than any other thus far (4th day of 5 day conference)“Great presentation with provision of wonderful tools to use with children who are victims of any kind of trauma. . .”“Excellent participatory experiences. Clear, sequential—incorporated all essential ingredients”“. . . I truly enjoyed your trauma training and I honestly think it was one of the most valuable things I learned here. I can take the skills and strategies you taught us into the next chapter of my career and I am very appreciative of that. Thank you”“Great experiential exercises”“. . . really awesome”“I wanted to write you a quick note to say again how much I appreciated your presentation of "Real Life Heroes" last week. . . . I worked for over 22 years . . . and for many years I coordinated development of trauma recovery groups. I am impressed by the "Real Life Heroes" treatment and tool kit and want to thank you for your passion and work. ““The creative activities were awesome!”“Fantastico!!!”
“This has been the most successful implementation of any treatment model we’ve offered.”
“I wanted to say again how much we enjoyed the training . . .(the practitioners) said after you left that it was one of the best trainings they have ever had. . . . I am seeing a lot of Real Life Heroes in progress notes!”
“I have heard nothing but wonderful things about RLH from the staff! Sometimes a training may be well received, but it still isn’t something you see implemented very consistently. So it is especially wonderful to know that the staff are utilizing RLH.”
“It’s not ‘one more thing’, it’s ‘the thing.’”“Everyone is talking about how much they enjoyed the training and how well it applies to our population. You did a wonderful job.”
“. . . the evaluations . . . were very positive, and I was thrilled that staff were able to identify so many useful strategies and activities that they can use with the children and families.”
“It was beyond wonderful to have you here. Thank you so much for an amazing training and for bringing us together around this work.”
“Your training was interesting, inspiring (and fun!). I have to figure out a way to fit in some part time clinical practice!!”
“Your keynote presentation was well received and inspiring. We have received rave reviews for this conference and we owe a large part to your willingness to speak both as a keynote and workshop presenter.”
“Your presentation was excellent---and you covered a lot of material very clearly and succinctly.” “Wonderful model . . . Thanks for the presentation.”
“I just wanted to thank you again for the training you did for us last week. I've heard nothing but positive, enthusiastic comments from the staff who attended.”
“The clinicians have enjoyed utilizing the workbook with their clients and have found it to be very successful in working with our children and families. . . .”
“I have has ONLY very positive feedback from folks that attended RLH last week. Thank you so much!!”
“It was beyond wonderful to have you here. Thank you so much for an amazing training and for bringing us together around this work. . .”
“Dr Kagan had a very nice way of presenting material that is playful and engaging. I have been given more ‘tools’ to use in this presentation than any other thus far (4th day of 5 day conference)“Great presentation with provision of wonderful tools to use with children who are victims of any kind of trauma. . .”
“Excellent participatory experiences. Clear, sequential—incorporated all essential ingredients”
“Great experiential exercises”
“Your presentation was excellent---and you covered a lot of material very clearly and succinctly.”
“Wonderful model .... Thanks for the presentation.”
“It has been a wonderful year for the staff! We are so happy to have your model and your personal expertise to give us tools to serve the most vulnerable children.”
“I just wanted to thank you again for the training you did for us last week. I've heard nothing but positive, enthusiastic comments from the staff who attended. . . in our three days of training I really came to appreciate the breadth and depth of the model's theoretical underpinnings. It is a rich and beautiful model and I'm grateful for having had the opportunity to learn about it from you.”
RLH training has been provided to practitioners at state-wide and national conferences, conferences for regional centers for excellence, university-based training programs, and child and family mental health and family service agencies in the U.S., Canada and Hong Kong including:
Master’s degree required in Social Work, Psychology, Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy or related fieldfor RLH certificate-level training programs or evidence-supported treatment. However, training programs often include Bachelor’s-level social workers, family support workers, intensive in-home workers, residential counselors, foster parents, and other professionals working as part of trauma-informed teams with youths and families in child and family services, educational, or behavioral health programs under the supervision of licensed practitioners.
Licensure or certification is not required to participate in training; however, practitioners without licensure must be supervised within their agencies by licensed staff to implement RLH as a trauma treatment.
Experience working with children, adolescents and families in child welfare, school-based, behavioral health, justice-involved or refugee programs is recommended but not required to participate in training. Use of the RLH Life Storybook, session structure, and the RLH Toolkit promotes learning, confidence, and implementation by new practitioners. At the same time, the RLH format and toolkit resources have been highly valued by advanced practitioners looking to expand skills and add strategies and tools to their repertoire.
Fidelity is assessed by program supervisor or training consultant reviews of practitioner implementation of key strategies and steps for assessment and treatment using four tools: the Trauma and Resiliency-focused Assessment and Service Planning tool, the RLH Chapter Checkpoints, the RLH Progress Note (Abbreviated or Long Form), and the RLH Service Plan Review. These tools include key tasks and points to be covered for each chapter of the workbook, in each treatment session, and in service plan reviews. Evaluations of fidelity are rated for each chapter and component of RLH Treatment with a 3-point scale: Low, Moderate, High. Moderate levels are required to demonstrate fidelity. Fidelity ratings are evaluated for individual practitioners and for programs as part of a QI approach to identify challenges and develop solutions in programs.
In addition, reviews by supervisors of practitioner’s use of the RLH Trauma and Resiliency-focused Assessment and Service Planning tool provides information on assessment and treatment planning skills. Self-report surveys of trauma-informed knowledge, skills and organizational policies and practices are also used to develop training programs and can be repeated after training programs along with pre-post practitioner stress evaluations to assess development of trauma-informed programs and reduction of secondary PTSD.
Certificates of completion are available for therapists who complete all components of the 18-hour On-Demand RLH Fundamentals Training Program. Certificate-level RLH Training can also be arranged for therapists in organizations who demonstrate participation in: 18 hours of on-demand or in-person workshops, 10 small group consultation sessions, and weekly or biweekly supervision or consultation within agencies/programs by supervisors trained in RLH along with completion of all RLH Fundamentals practice activities and implementation of RLH with four youths and families with at least moderate fidelity certified by agency/program supervisors. Fidelity assessments are based on completion of the four fidelity measures described above.
CEU’s can be arranged by sponsoring agencies or programs with state and national accreditation bodies using RLH curriculum materials. Assistance will be provided by Dr. Kagan. These need to be arranged prior to training programs.
Registration fees for the 18-hour RLH On-Demand Training are currently set at a
reduced rate, $99/therapist, to promote access for hard-pressed treatment centers after
the pandemic and use at centers with other state-mandated training requirements.
Registration details are available at: https://reallifeheroes.thinkific.com/courses/reallife-
Small group and organizational consultation includes ten months of small group clinical consultation with ideally 4-8 therapists per group ($2500/group) and five bi-monthly consultation sessions for supervisors and directors ($750/program).
Beginning in March, 2023, federal grant funding will be available through
the Adelphi University Institute for Adolescent Trauma Treatment &
Training to cover training costs for a limited number of organizations,
therapists and program directors in the United States serving youths and
families with Complex Trauma/DTD. Priority will be given to non-profit and
state-funded organizations who demonstrate a commitment to move
forward with implementation and are willing to provide feedback on
training programs. Priority will also be given to programs serving providing
services to trauma-exposed youths in urban and rural high-risk schools,
justice-involved youths, and refugee/asylum-seeking youths. RLH On-
Demand will be provided at no cost to approved organizations, therapists
and program directors. A limited number of programs will be eligible for
the combined RLH Fundamentals Training Program including RLH On-
Demand, small group clinical consultation and supervisory consultation.
Typical training costs with (or without grant funding) include purchase for each therapist of one Real Life Heroes Toolkit, 2nd edition (Paperback, $62, or e book (recommended), $45-$54, available from Routledge.com or Amazon), one Real Life Heroes Life Storybook, 3rd edition (Paperback, $32, or e book, $19-$31 available from Routledge.com or Amazon), peacock feathers for therapists (approximately $1 each, typically sold 100 for $80-100), and small xylophones/two-octave note bells (approximately $20 each). Additional creative arts supplies are recommended but not required. RLH books can be translated by interested organizations by contracting with Routledge Press.
 Routledge provides a 40% discount for organizational purchases for RLH books and tax-free purchases for non-profit organizations. Discounts may be obtained by contacting John Defalco, Routledge Account Manager, at: email@example.com or call: 917-351-7128.
Honoraria for live (virtual or in person) training for agencies, clinics, schools, or other
programs are based on the number of therapists to be trained, program and funding
source requirements, number of hours of training and location, if travel is required.
Training programs have been typically video-streamed since 2020 due to the pandemic
and to eliminate travel expenses. Typical costs for small agencies or programs (5-50
therapists in the U.S.) for the live video-streamed 18-hour RLH Fundamentals Training
Program led by the model developer range from $6000 - $12000 and $8000 - $16000
for the 24-hour Fundamentals and Advanced Training Program.
3 Routledge provides a 40% discount for organizational purchases for RLH books and tax-free purchases for nonprofitorganizations. Discounts may be obtained by contacting John Defalco, Routledge Account Manager, at:firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 917-351-71284 Training fees are based on number of participants and organizational requirements with higher costs for training
4 Training fees are based on number of participants and organizational requirements with higher costs for training
programs including organizational and evaluation components and any travel days required.
Grant funding will be provided annually in two tracks:
1. Teams from nonprofit or state or federally-funded centers providing trauma
therapy for children, adolescents and families in the United States may apply for
grant funding for the combined RLH Fundamentals Training Program including
RLH On-Demand along with small group clinical consultation and supervisory
programs including organizational and evaluation components and any travel days required.
consultation calls. Funding for this combined training is limited each year to a
few treatment centers. Priority will be given to sites demonstrating both clinician
and supervisory commitment to completing training and implementing Real Life
Heroes. Please see the RLH Team Application for details.
If you are interested in applying for grant funding for the
combined RLH Fundamentals Training Program, please
complete and e mail a RLH Team Application as indicated on
the application (see top of this page). Approved teams will receive a coupon to waive
costs for therapists and supervisors or directors to register for
RLH On-Demand and will also be notified about how to arrange
small group clinical consultation and supervisory consultation
2. Clinicians, supervisors and directors may also apply for a limited number of
grant-funded waivers for registration fees for just RLH Fundamentals On-
Demand and may arrange separately, if desired, for small group and supervisory
consultation with Dr. Kagan. Priority will be given to master’s level clinicians
demonstrating a commitment to completing training and implementing Real Life
Heroes with children or adolescents with Complex Trauma and their parents or
caregivers in the United States. Please see the RLH Individual Application for
If you are interested in applying for grant funding for RLH
Fundamentals On-Demand (without small group clinical
consultation or supervisory consultation), please complete and
e mail the RLH Individual Application as indicated on the
application (see top of this page). Approved applicants will receive a coupon to waive
costs to register for the RLH Fundamentals On-Demand
For more information on RLH Training Programs, please contact:
Richard Kagan Ph.D.
Training Programs on Traumatic Stress
E mail: email@example.com