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.



Presents Personal Resiliency

Monday, September 22, 2014 @ 7:00 p.m.

Personal Resiliency is a practical, insightful, and valuable training to help people adjust to the overwhelming impact of these changing times. It is designed to increase personal stamina and flexibility while allowing individuals the capacity to bounce back from discouraging incidents.  This presentation will be of value to individuals who want to maintain their own reserves of resilience so they can continue to be effective in their work and personal life.

Dick O'Brien, MA.Sc. is a professional speaker and a consultant in human relations. He has been a therapist and a trainer for 41 years. Mr. O’Brien has held senior management positions in government and business. For the past twenty seven years, he has been assisting corporations, school boards, hospitals and police departments with issues of stress, wellness, counselling and leadership.

Location: Halton Regional Police - Burlington Division, 3800 Constable Henshaw Blvd. (formerly Southampton Blvd) Community Room. 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

Join us for an informal opportunity to network with others who share an interest in trauma and critical incident stress-related issues. Feel free to invite your friends and colleagues.

Cost: $5.00 cash donation.  RSVP Kent Laidlaw, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  so that we can arrange seating and refreshments. Seating is limited, it is very important to confirm your attendance.


Save the Date!    ISTSS 30th Annual Conference

Healing Lives and Communities: Addressing the Effects of Childhood Trauma Across the Life Span

November 6 - 8, 2014 •   InterContinental Miami • Miami, Florida •


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