Training & Education

ATSS recognizes that, in order to provide assistance to victims and survivors of traumatic events, individuals must have a high level of training, education and experience. ATSS promotes training and educational events that:

  • Help individuals improve delivery of services, response and treatment, to victims and survivors of traumatic events, and
  • Assist our members in seeking certification in trauma response, trauma treatment and trauma services.

Disclaimer: Our certifications are designed to reflect the high standards of service consumers and communities expect. Individuals seeking ATSS certification should make sure that courses they take are in compliance with the requirements for certification or re-certification. 


The Resilient Mind: Achieve Success by Building Mental and Emotional Toughness  - Brad Coulbeck, Trainer 

Date: Monday, May 9, 2016 at 7 PM

Location: Halton Regional Police Department- Burlington Division, 3800 Constable Henshaw Blvd. Community Room, Burlington, Ontario, Canada 

Presented by the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists and the Southern Ontario Networking Group 

Brad helps individuals and organizations build immunity to stress.  He uses his practical experience to illustrate how resiliency research works in the real world. “Resiliency Factors” are behavioural characteristics that can be learned, that help a person overcome the negative aspects of stress.  Brad will enlighten the audience on how to apply these factors in their lives, and how by doing so they will increase their success and happiness.

Brad will discuss Problem-focused and Emotion-focused techniques that will raise resiliency, and lead audience members toward overcoming obstacles and achieving their goals. The audience will leave with enhanced knowledge about what it takes to succeed in a fast paced and psychologically demanding work environment.

Brad Coulbeck is the Detachment Commander for the Chatham-Kent Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).  He has been an officer for 25 years, with over 5 years on Toronto Police Service and 20 years on the OPP.  Prior to his current role he spent 10 years on the Emergency Response Team.  Seven years as ERT Team Leader.  Brad is also a designated Incident Commander, and Public Order Unit Incident Commander.

Brad is trained in Critical Incident Stress Management and is a certified Hypnotherapist.  He holds memberships in the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation and the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists (ATSS).  Brad is currently Vice-President of the Board of Directors of ATSS, and is Vice-President of the Board of Directors of Chatham Kent Victim Services.

In 2011 Brad attended a Trauma and Resiliency course at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel, which included site visits to places such as the Gaza Strip “Green Line”, where he learned about programs the Israelis use for police and civilians in dealing with constant traumatic stress.

Brad has given presentations at the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists Annual Conference, and also the Victims of Crime Awareness Week National Symposium in Ottawa. 

PLEASE NOTE - the Burlington Division is located on the West Side of Walkers Line just South of # 5 Highway (Dundas Street). PARKING on the south side of Constable Henshaw Blvd is strongly encouraged.  

PLEASE NOTE: We have had an overwhelming response to this workshop and space is now closed. 



21st International Training Summit on Violence, Abuse and Trauma 

August 26-31, 2016 San Diego, CA

Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT)


Kentucky Community Crisis Response Board Crisis Intervention/Psychological First Aid Training Calendar


Critical Incident Response Training  Webinar– Crisis Care Network Online Course Description

6 Hour video – module based in Adobe Connect;  1 hour mentoring session by CCN staffers delivered via phone


This webinar “Critical Incident Response Training” will teach participants about the nature of critical incidents and best practices in organizing and effecting a response to these events. You will have the opportunity to increase and develop skills in: organizing a response, selecting the appropriate response, conducting Educational Group Briefings, One-on-Ones, and Interactive Group Briefings. You will be able to identify themes for any event and identify teaching strategies to use. You will become familiar with assisting leadership in their response, providing stress management and coping techniques, and in the importance of self-care for everyone involved.

 Learning Objectives:  Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

 •         To increase and practice skills in:

 -          Organizing a response

 -          Selecting the appropriate responses

 -          Conducting Educational Group Briefings

 -          Conducting One-on-Ones

 -          Conducting Interactive Group Briefings

 •         To identify at least 3 common themes for any event

 •         To identify 3 teaching strategies

 •         To list 2 reasons to use an Educational Group Briefing instead of an Interactive Group Briefing

 •         To identify four stress management topics for Critical Incidents. Online: Access Information below

 Online access information below: 

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Length of the training, workshop or course in hours with start and end dates -  6 Hour Video – module based in Adobe Connect

1 hour mentoring session by CCN staffers delivered via phone

Target audience - Master’s Prepared Mental Health Professional looking to do CIR Work

 Fee for training, workshop or course - $149.99

 Name(s) of the presenter(s) -  Dennis Potter, Jeff Gorter & Judy Beahan

Presented by:  Crisis Care Network (CCN), 4115 Ayrshire Dr. SW, Wyoming, MI 49418, Direct: 888-736-0911 ext.3879

Fax: 866-285-9070.  Contact information: 

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The H.U.G.S. Program, H.U.G.S. Helping Understand Grief & Trauma Sessions

The objective of the H.U.G.S. Training Program is to address the needs of traumatized and bereaved students who are socially and educationally struggling. The implement of a trauma and bereavement group will address the emotional boundaries that these students are experiencing. Releasing these emotional boundaries will allow these students to resume educationally and emotionally in a healthy manner.

Christine Dernederlanden, C.T.S.S., C.T.R. is the founder of Robert’s Press Canada’s Grief resource Centre. Christine is the award winning author of "Where is Robert?", the grief kit that aided over 6000 families affected by 9/11/01, “H.U.G.S.” Helping Children Understand Grief Sessions and her recent release “Where is My Courage?”   For more information contact Christine Dernederlanden at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  


EMDR therapy is a specialized approach that requires supervised training for full therapeutic effectiveness and client safety. The training will consist of lecture, live and videotaped demonstrations and supervised practice. The format of this workshop has been designed by the originator of EMDRtherapy, Francine Shapiro, PhD. The workshop leaders have been individually selected and trained by her to provide the comprehensive information necessary for appropriate client selection and effective utilization of EMDR therapy. This is the workshop program which has been taught by Dr. Shapiro since 1990. EMDR Institute adheres to the ethical standards of APA, social work, nursing and mental health boards.


Contact Info

EMDR Institute, Inc.
PO Box 750
Watsonville, CA 95077 USA

Tel: 831-761-1040
Fax: 831-761-1204
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On-line Training and Educational Courses

Approved by ATSS for Certification and Re-certification*

Free Courses

University of Minnesota, School of Public Health – Crisis Intervention During Disaster. 

Disaster 101: An immersive emergency preparation and crisis leadership workshop.  

Disaster preparedness training – Federal Government (US)

Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC)

All RDPC  courses are certified by the (US) Department of Homeland Security

Office for Victims of Crime, US Department of Justice

Victim Assistance on line 14 hour training course.



National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Online courses that include disaster preparedness, crisis intervention, variety of courses related to child trauma and treatment.

NCTSN has over 150 hours of online training

National Child Traumatic Stress Network 6 hour Crisis Intervention Course

On this site you'll find free online courses that offer creative and practical approaches to understanding and working with maltreated children.

Free online courses offered by the US Department of Health and Human Services.

10 hour free on line Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy training

provided by the Medical University of South Carolina, Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center in partnership with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, Allegheny General Hospital and the CARES Institute.

An online course for providers working with firefighters developed by the Medical University of South Carolina and National Fallen Firefighters Association


US Department of Veteran’s Affairs



Courses offered for a fee $$

Catholic University of America On Line

The online clinical Master of Social Work (MSW) from The Catholic University of America’s National Catholic School of Social Service (NCSSS) prepares you to obtain your license in clinical social work practice.

Yale New Haven Health Center for Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response

International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies 

Crisis intervention training

Life Skills Crisis Intervention (for youth behavioral problems) 

Certificate Program in Trauma Response and Crisis Intervention.Workshops will address a variety of traumatic events such as interpersonal violence, natural disaster, terrorism, and personal/family crises and are designed as clinical workshops.

Certificates of completion are offered after each workshop and upon completion of the final certificate.

Participants not seeking the full certificate program are welcome to take individual workshops.

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*30 hours of on-line training can be applied toward educational requirements of the Certified Trauma Treatment Specialist (CTTS) recognition.

  14 hours of on-line training may be applied toward the educational requirement of the Certified Trauma Services Specialist (CTSS) recognition, and

  8 hours of on-line training may be applied toward the educational requirements of the Certified Trauma Responder (CTR) recognition. 



Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists