ATSS membership offers members an opportunity to gain professional recognition within a trauma specialty. Each of the three ATSS certifications recognize the existing and acquired experience, knowledge, skill, education, training, and trauma specialty of our members and are all equal in value.
- 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, training, service, and education that employers and organizations serving and responding to victims and survivors, expect of those providing services.
- ATSS certification provides concrete documentation and recognition for your work, your skill, and your 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) - created 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. This designation also recognizes treatment specialists who focus on more short term treatment and interventions.
The Certified Trauma Specialist (CTS) is a designation for counselors, clinicians, and treatment specialists who provide longer-term individual, group, and/or family counseling, therapy, or support for trauma survivors either as a specialty or within their practice.
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.
Once your application is submitted please allow approximately 45 days for review and notification of your certification status.
CTR designation was created for those who provide immediate trauma intervention through critical incident stress debriefing/management, peer counseling, and trauma response.
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CTSS designation was created for those who provide immediate trauma intervention, crisis support, advocacy, or victim assistance.
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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).
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Certifications and recertification credentials are valid for three years. Appropriate documentation must be provided to qualify for the senior/student discounts.
Payment for non US certification/memberships can be made with credit cards.