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. ATSS cannot guarantee each course listed will meet certification criteria (although most do). Individuals seeking ATSS certification should make sure that courses they take are in compliance with the requirements for certification or re-certification. Courses listed on this site that are designated “Approved”, have been approved by the ATSS Professional Development Committee for certification requirements.



Veterans, Trauma & Resilience: What’s New

 A Conference for Health-Care Professionals 

and Others Working With Veterans

 November 20–21, 2015 •  At the New York Society for Ethical Culture* 

2 West 64th Street at Central Park West, NYC

 This special conference is designed for health care professionals, psychologists and psychotherapists, social workers, administrators and policy makers, and all those engaged in the treatment of veterans with trauma. It brings together experts from the field of complementary and alternative medicine working with PTSD, along with experts in community reintegration of veterans.

ATSS members are invited to be conference guests at no charge for the Veterans, Trauma & Resilience conference in Manhattan for both the Friday evening and Saturday daytime sessions. To register for complimentary tickets please RSVP here for each member of your party. Donations are welcome, and help support our veterans community engagement efforts like this one!

Program begins Friday, November 20 from 8:00-10:00 p.m. and starts again from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 21.

 Click here to view the conference schedule, including updates and additional speakers. (Schedule and speakers are subject to change.) Please RSVP early as guest passes are limited. RSVPs will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Questions? Contact Marisol at 845.266.4444, ext. 386 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



13th Hawaii Training Summit: Preventing, Assessing and Treating Child, Adolescent, and Adult Trauma

 March 28-31, 2016,  Venue: Hawaii Convention Center


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


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

(This course is Approved for ATSS Certification)

 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: 

Please note: The training will not play on iPads, Cell Phones, Mobile Devices, Nooks, Tablets

 Here are some additional tips:

 1.      Steps to access the training:

 a.      Select the link (

 b.      Enter your given user name and password

 c.       Login is: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 d.      Password is: Frazer

 e.      Select My Trainings

 f.       Select Open under desired training (there may only be one available to you)

 g.      If you choose, select Training Catalog to ask to be enrolled in other webinars.

  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:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ,     This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ;




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  

(This training is ATSS certification approved). 


Best Practices in Critical Incident Response Training

Presented by the Crisis Care Network • November 16, 2015: Brooklyn, New York

All information for this training can be accessed at: 
(This training is ATSS certification approved). 


If you are seeking certification approval for your training and/or workshop and want your training reviewed by the Professional Development Committee, please click the button. How to get approved.



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 $$

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 Specialist (CTS) 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. 



 * If you are looking to have your course, training and/or workshop reviewed for endorsement consideration by the Professional Development Committee, please click this button.

How to get approval

Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists