Certification

ATSS membership offers an opportunity to gain professional recognition within a trauma specialty. Each of the three ATSS certifications recognize the existing and acquired experience, skill, education, training, and  trauma specialty of our members.

  • 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, service and education that employers and organizations serving and responding to victims and survivors, expect of those providing services.
  • It is concrete documentation and recognition for your work, skills and 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 those who provide immediate trauma intervention through critical incident stress response, debriefing, crisis and disaster management, peer counseling, disaster and trauma response, group crisis intervention, first response interventions and follow up, etc. 

The Certified Trauma Services Specialist (CTSS) is a designation for those who provide immediate trauma intervention, crisis support, advocacy, crisis intervention, death notification, victim/survivor assistance and services for a variety of traumatized populations .

The Certified Trauma Specialist (CTS) is a designation for counselors, clinicians, and treatment specialists who provide individual, group, and/or family counseling, therapy, or support for trauma survivors either as a specialty or within their practice.

The three certifications are equal in value.

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.  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.

Please contact the ATSS administrator by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to receive the certification documents in an earlier version of Microsoft Word.

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 Requirements & Application (pdf - 590Kb)   DOWNLOAD CTR Requirements & Application (Word doc - 93Kb)
DOWNLOAD CTR Re-Certification Application (pdf - 490Kb)   DOWNLOAD CTR Re-Certification Application (Word doc - 64Kb)
Certified Trauma Services Specialist (CTSS)
CTSS designation was created for those who provide immediate trauma intervention, crisis support, advocacy, or victim assistance.
DOWNLOAD CTSS Requirements & Application
(pdf - 620Kb)   DOWNLOAD CTSS Requirements & Application (Word doc - 195Kb)
DOWNLOAD CTSS Re-Certification Application (pdf - 380Kb)   DOWNLOAD CTSS Re-Certification Application (Word doc - 87Kb)
Certified Trauma Specialist (CTS)
CTS designation was created for counselors, clinicians, and treatment specialists who provide individual, group, and/or family counseling, therapy, or support (please ask for information about types of groups).
DOWNLOAD CTS Requirements & Application
(pdf - 930Kb)   DOWNLOAD CTS Requirements & Application (Word doc - 206Kb)
DOWNLOAD CTS Re-Certification Application (pdf - 379Kb)   DOWNLOAD CTS Re-Certification Application (Word doc - 67Kb)
 

Certification Payment

 

 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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