ATSS membership offers members an opportunity to gain professional recognition (certification) within a trauma specialty. Each of the three ATSS certifications recognize the existing and acquired experience, knowledge, skill, education, training, and  trauma specialty of our members and are all equal in value.

  •  ATSS certification recognition is an important statement of professional commitment to a growing field
  •  ATSS certification offers increased value through measured expertise and credibility to employers, practitioners, and survivors.
  •  ATSS certification is documentation of expertise, training, service, and education that employers and organizations serving and responding to victims and survivors, expect of those providing services.
  •  ATSS certification provides concrete documentation and recognition for your work, your skill, and your experience that stays with you wherever you work or live.

ATSS members may apply for any of the following three (3) internationally recognized certifications. 

The Certified Trauma Responder (CTR) designation was created for first responders and others who provide immediate trauma intervention through individual and group crisis intervention, critical incident stress response, debriefing, crisis and disaster management, peer counseling, disaster and trauma response, and follow up. 

The Certified Trauma Services Specialist (CTSS) - created for individuals who provide services and support to individuals impacted by traumatic events; who provide immediate trauma intervention,  advocacy, crisis intervention, death notification, victim/survivor assistance and immediate and longer-term services for a variety of traumatized populations. This designation also recognizes treatment specialists who focus on multiple services to victims, in addition to treatment and specialized interventions.

The Certified Trauma Treatment Specialist (CTTS), a designation for counselors, clinicians, and treatment specialists who provide immediate and longer-term individual, group, and/or family counseling, therapy, grief counseling or support to trauma survivors either as a specialty or within their field of practice.

Many individuals and disciplines may "fit" within multiple trauma support specialties. By identifying the area where you spend most of your time will help you determine the certification that most recognizes your particular trauma focus.  

Each certification requires documentation of  the applicant's previous or current hours of training and experience Applicants do not have to take new courses or enroll in educational programs unless they do not have the training or educational hours required.  All members who wish to apply for certification will be assigned a sponsor. A sponsor (who has volunteered to help the applicant in the certification process), is assigned to each applicant by staff.  Sponsors give the applicant guidance in preparing a successful application. Sponsors are certified ATSS members in good standing. Once the application is submitted to ATSS the application is reviewed by the ATSS Certification Board.  

An individual must be a member of ATSS to apply for certification.

Once your application is submitted please allow approximately 45 days for review and notification of your certification status.

Application Downloads

Certified Trauma Responder (CTR)
CTR designation was created for those who provide immediate trauma intervention through critical incident stress debriefing/management, peer counseling, and trauma response.
Download CTR Instructions and Application (pdf - 550Kb)   Download CTR Instructions and Application (Word doc - 174Kb)
Download CTR Re-Certification Application (pdf - 490Kb)   Download CTR Re-Certification Application (Word doc - 87Kb)
Certified Trauma Services Specialist (CTSS)
CTSS designation was created for those who provide a variety of services that can include (but not be limited to): immediate intervention, crisis services and support; treatment; advocacy, and/or victim assistance.
Download CTSS Instructions and Application
 (pdf - 894Kb)   Download CTSS Instructions and Application  (Word doc - 165Kb)
Download CTSS Re-Certification Application (pdf - 419Kb)   Download CTSS Re-Certification Application (Word doc - 108Kb)
Certified Trauma Treatment Specialist/CTTS (Formerly Certified Trauma Specialist/CTS)
The CTTS designation was created for counselors, clinical staff and treatment specialists who provide individual, group, and/or family counseling, trauma treatment therapies, and/or therapeutic support for a variety of populations impacted by traumatic stress.
Download CTTS Instructions and Application
(pdf - 690Kb)   Download CTTS Instructions and Application (Word doc - 141Kb)
Download CTTS Re-Certification Application (pdf - 439Kb)   Download CTTS Re-Certification Application (Word doc - 75Kb)

Certification Payment Information 

ATSS uses Eventbrite, an internet payment platform, that allows individuals to pay for "events". Each of our certifications and re-certifications are considered "events".  
Check out our new 2015 reduced Certification fees for Seniors and Students!   Note:  Please ignore the column headings "Sales End" and "Fee".  These are administrative headers Eventbrite uses and have no direct bearing on your selection or your certification fee. 

 Certifications and recertification credentials are valid for three years. Appropriate documentation must be provided to qualify for the senior/student discounts.

Note: ATSS can no longer accept any non-US checks or non-US money orders for payment of certification or membership dues/fees.
Payment for non US certification/memberships can be made with credit cards. 

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