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The PRISE Learning System

There are two phases to the trainings. We use a train the trainer model. The first phase is the basic PRISE training which is a four day curriculum comprising 4 hours of lectures, exercises and supervised practicums in order to gain proficiency in the techniques and protocols. The second phase is devoted to grooming the next generation of PRISE trainers through mentoring, practice and ongoing consultation. This segment involves another train the trainers day with practice training others through co-leadership of a workshop, various tutorials and a demonstrated knowledge of all of the curriculum.


There are variations to this format depending on the unique

situational context, available technology, resources, and prevailing

cultural norms with modifications attuned to the educational level

of the participants. We have trainings focused on adult resiliency

and given the different developmental differences of younger people,

another format adapted for children and adolescents.

A background in counseling or mental health is not required. Prerequisite

qualifications include intelligence, literacy, a thirst for learning along

with a passion for helping others, a big heart, good moral character and

excellent interpersonal skills. We welcome a variety of disciplines ranging from humanitarian workers, mediators, peace builders, doctors, paramedics, teachers, community leaders, people from business and international development specialists.

A written proficiency test is given to "graduates" for fully fledged trainees and future trainers at a mutually agreed upon time.

We require ongoing monitoring to PRISE trainees following the completion of the curriculum. This ensures quality control and prevents dilution of the method as they build confidence and pride in becoming a PRISE paraprofessional. This is achieved either through remotely delivered consultation in a group format, or when this is not feasible, consultation is provided by a specially trained field supervisor who follows the trainees' progress.

A detailed template of the phase one training is outlined below.

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We trained UN peace keepers in PRISE as part of their pre-deployment resiliency training in Ghana, West Africa.



  • A word about technology glitches & Zoom ‘lag’ Backup measures.

  • Introductions and community building. Team building exercises and stress breaks throughout.

  • PRISE the vision, what is it? How it was conceived.

  • PRISE is committed to quality research and data collection throughout all of its interventions and trainings.

  • Compassion fatigue/vicarious trauma and self-care.

  • Traumatology 101: Principles of trauma treatment philosophy, diagnosis and the triphasic approach to trauma treatment recommended by the International Society for Study of trauma and dissociation.

  • EMDR - the gold standard for trauma treatment and neurobiological theory. What is special and different about it and how it works.

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences, ACE study and its implications. A brief tour of epigenetics and how we may be able to interrupt the intergenerational cycle of violence.

  • Psychological rescue techniques/stabilization exercises and skills.

  • CPR for your amygdala, overcorrection technique

  • Meditation/Transcendental Meditation - PRISE endorses transcendental meditation as a robust evidence-based adjunctive to our work. Over 600 studies have been conducted during the past 50 years that illustrate the benefits of this system.


  • Practicum: Breakout rooms for skills practice in dyads with supervision. Stabilization and resourcing. Light stream, four elements, spiral, autogenics and container. Demonstration videos.

  • Large group: Resourcing Absorption Technique.

  • Education on dissociation, its role in trauma, how to recognize it and stabilize a person.

  • The Emergency response procedure ERP/ISP. Demonstration and a video.

  • Getting yourself and patients out of psychological trouble. Practical tips and skills.

  • Questions?

  • Summary & Closure.

DAY TWO: (four hours)

  • Team building exercises throughout.

  • PRISE Cleanse. A rapid and painless way to desensitize and process toxic memories without having to think about or even discuss them. The method works within minutes and is usually permanent.

  • PRISE Blink. Describe, Demonstrate, Do & Debrief.

  • Practicums with supervision.

  • How to Deal With Nightmares. This method has been used extensively with the Veterans Administration throughout the United States. It can dispense with recurrent disturbing dreams or single nightmares.


  • Review of techniques so far.

  • PRISE Head Pain Protocol. We can teach you how to reduce or even banish a headache without medication. Headaches along with other medically unexplained symptoms often accompany trauma.

  • Team building exercise.

  • Questions and answers.


DAY THREE: (four hours)


  • Team building exercises throughout.

  • PRISE as an intervention and PRISE as a training. The two-tiered approach.

  • Screening for safety. PRISE has several layers of safety screening to protect participants.

  • Data collection and research.

  • The PRISE Picture Protocol, PPP designed for longer term memories that can be used with children and adolescents, the elderly or those with developmental disabilities.

  • Describe, demonstrate with a video, do in a practicum with supervision & debrief.

  • Gathering data and research. Discussion and instruction on assessment measures and gathering data to prove efficacy, ensure fidelity to the method and for quality control.

  • Review and discussion.


DAY FOUR: (four hours)

  • Team building exercises throughout.

  • The PRISE Episode Protocol- Recent, PEP-R designed for recent traumatic experiences with ongoing consequences.

  • Describe, demonstrate, do, and debrief.

  • Questions and discussion.

  • Research literature.

  • Evaluations and feedback.

  • Written test to establish competence for participants.

  • Finish with an inspirational song.

  • Graduation and celebration.

DAY FIVE: (four to 6 hours) Trainer of Training Model. ToT


  • A smaller cadre of participants who performed well in the basic training, and who are motivated are selected to become the next generation of PRISE trainers. This is an essential part of the PRISE philosophy in order to ensure scalability, sustainability and to bridge the treatment gap for robust, user friendly and cost-effective trauma treatments.

  • Trainees will be observed giving additional workshops with their main trainer or on recorded videotape and be provided with ongoing mentorship and consultation.

  • Written reports and data collection are highly encouraged and a data base is established for ongoing quality assessment and research purposes.

  • Group consultation is provided on a monthly basis for a few months.

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