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.


International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Webinar - PTSD as a Shame Disorder

Presenter: Judith Herman, MD, Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 1 - 2:30 p.m. CDT

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After this webinar you'll be able to:

  - Identify adaptive developmental and social functions of shame.

  - Discuss maladaptive forms of shame in complex trauma. 

  - Apply familiar with effective therapeutic approaches to shame in trauma survivors.

This webinar will explore the central role of shame in complex trauma. PTSD was initially classified as an anxiety disorder. Pathological neuroses have been demonstrated in PTSD, and effective treatments have been developed aimed at reducing symptoms of pathologic fear. However, this fails to capture an essential characteristic of those traumas that are of human design, especially those that are repeated over an extended period of time. Learn more:

About the Instructor- Judith Lewis Herman, MD  is clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Director of Training at the Victims of Violence Program at The Cambridge Health Alliance, Cambridge, MA. She is the author of two award-winning books:  Father-Daughter Incest  (Harvard University Press, 1981), and  Trauma and Recovery  (Basic Books, 1992), and co-author of  The Trauma Recovery Group: A Guide for Practitioners  (Guilford 2011). She has lectured and written widely on the subject of sexual and domestic violence.

Prices start as low as $30 for ISTSS members and $50 for nonmembers Visit our website:;utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=default#pricing ]  for more details

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Save the Date! Upcoming ISTSS Webinar - A Brief Intervention to Mitigate Suicide Risk: The Safety Planning Intervention (SPI), December 4, 2014.  Presenter: Gregory Brown, MD 

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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. 



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