PIPA: Professional Intervention Program for Adversity

Modules 1-5 (recorded) and Module 6 (Live), Consultation
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Professional Intervention Program for Adversity (PIPA)

PIPA is an innovative program that enables mental health professionals to provide individual or group care in situations of adversity. PIPA Professionals are able to identify traumatic stress and provide appropriate interventions in groups settings so that participants can heal past or recent adverse experiences.

The goal of this Program is to train a greater number of professional psychotherapists who can work with groups, expanding the outreach of traumatic stress relief and minimizing the impact of trauma on affected communities and their society. Any licensed mental health practitioner may be trained in this Program although EMDR therapists will be more familiar with some aspects of the exercises in this program.

This program is a trauma intervention program that brings basic introductory trauma information (Modules 1-5), three practical exercises for group (or individual) intervention for old or recent adverse experiences, plus two hours of consultation to give participants initial guidance and mentoring for the implementation of the program.

This program is composed of three main parts:

Part 1: Modules 1-5 (recorded, on-demand classes) provide an initial theoretical introduction to trauma, teach stabilization exercises (Pillars of Life), and emphasize the importance of referrals. The recorded videos offer the basic information that PIPA Professionals should be familiar with in order to answer questions from their group participants. These videos can be watched at your convenience. There is a quiz at the end of each module, which requires a 70% passing rate in order to proceed to the next module.

Part 2: In Module 6 (5 hours live) practical exercises are taught, which are necessary for the complete implementation of the Program with others in the future. Participants must attend the live training to ensure a better understanding and to develop skills and confidence. Each participant will have the opportunity to experience the personal impact of the exercises and to practice leading the exercises with their colleagues in small groups.

Part 3: Two hours of live consultation must be completed with a certified PIPA Consultant or Trainer in order to receive the full Certificate of Completion for the PIPA Program.

Future (optional) ongoing mentoring and guidance will be offered in group settings for those who wish to further enhance their proficiency in the PIPA Program.

Part of the funds from this course help support the work of the TraumaClinic Network of Solidarity, enabling us to provide free or low-cost PIPA training to others.


5 recorded videos with 3 hours of theoretical classes. Access the content on-demand until August 17, 2024


June 7 , 2024
From 2 PM to 7 PM
Eastern Time (EDT / UTC -4)


August 17, 2024
From 10 AM to 12 PM
Eastern Time (EDT / UTC -4)

This course is designed for mental health professionals  who desire to provide group care to people in situations of adversity, be it due to recent events or adversity in the past.

1. Provide a greater understanding of introductory concepts about emotional trauma and why it needs to be treated.  
2. Train mental health therapists in group exercises based on AIP theory in order to multiply and scale assistance for  disaster and emergency events as well as previous hurtful memories from clients’ past experiences.
3. Recognize possible client dissociation.  
4. Underline the importance of referral to trauma specialists to ensure client safety. 

This course offers 10 advanced credit hours, offered by TraumaClinic, and the American Mental Health Professionals Association (AMHPA - Texas). It is certified by EMDR Global Network (EGNw) and the Asociación Iberoamericana de Psicotrauma (AIBAPT).

Complete the PIPA Program by achieving a passing grade of 70% on quizzes for Modules 1 to 5. Retake the quizzes, if necessary. The modules need to be completed in the order presented. Module 6 is a live class on June 7, 2024. The Certificate of Completion will be awarded after a two-hour online consultation on August 17, 2024.

After purchasing this course, you will have access to all recorded content until August 17, 2024. Access will expire after this date. To renew access, a 50% fee will be required.

What people say...

It is the most practical, comprehensive and gentle intervention that takes individuals from stabilization to processing in a way that doesn't require them to share with others. It's a game changer!

It was very interesting to me it well makes things easier and not complicated.

I enjoyed the self organised learning and reminders. It fitted into my schedule and allowed time to reflect.

I take good experience and knowledge from this training.

Nicely organized, good information and explanation of activities. I liked the preparation modules.

Am very thankful for being a part of this wonderful exercise which made me to extended my knowledge about trauma.

[I learned] concrete skills I will use with clients AND personally very healing.

...this course is very helpful to solve / healing problems.

It is excellent for trauma.

It is very helpful to experience work on trauma and childhood diversity it is addressable with this tool in our communities.


Esly Carvalho, Ph.D., T.E.P.

Esly Carvalho is the Founder and Director of the TraumaClinic Group. She is the author of many books, some of which have hit Amazon Bestsellers lists, such as Healing the Folks Who Live Inside and Heal Your Brain, Heal Your Body (reviewed in the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research (2013). As a Brazilian-American clinical psychologist, she has accumulated over 40 years of experience in clinical practice in several countries and languages (English, Portuguese, and Spanish).

Esly is a certified trainer of EMDR therapy (EGN), Brainspotting (Brainspotting Institute), and Psychodrama by the American Board of Examiners in Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy. She passed her exams with distinction). Her decades-long experience in implementing the EMDR movement, TraumaClinic Model for Basic Training in Brazil, has been published in the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, (2022) and her Adult Drawing Protocol was published in the book, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Scripted Protocols: Basics and Special Situations.

From 2004, to the present time, Esly has been involved in expanding the use and training of EMDR therapy around the world. She has been instrumental, directly or indirectly, in the implementation of this approach initially in Brasil and Latin America (Ecuador, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Venezuela) as well as Spain and Portugal. Robbie Dunton (Executive Director, EMDR Institute) once described her as the "Mother of EMDR Latin America".

The digital world that was ushered in by the pandemic, the TraumaClinic Basic Training Model has been taken to Angola and Moçambique (online), and other Portuguese-speaking countries are on the list.

More recently, Esly has taken her international vision to a new level, by developing programs that use low-intensity EMDR/AIP group interventions for implementation in many countries of the world, including Ethiopia where PIPA has been translated into Amharic and Tigray.

This program is available in Portuguese and Spanish. If you would like to see this in another language, contact us.

PIPA Program and the Ethiopia Experience

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US$ 397,00

Part of the income from this course funds support the work of the TraumaClinic Network of Solidarity, enabling us to provide free or low-cost training to others in the PIPA Program.

  • 3 hours of recorded videos: Modules 1 to 5.
  • Access to the on-demand content until August 17, 2024. 
  • Downloadable files with instructions. 
  • Live class for Module 6 on June 7, from 2 PM to 7 PM EDT. 
  • Two hours of live group consultation on August 17, from 10 AM to 12 PM EDT.
  • 10 advanced credits recognized by EMDR Global Network (EGNw) and the Asociación Iberoamericana de Psicotrauma (AIBAPT).

What people say...