Certification

One of the benefits of ATSS  membership is the opportunity to gain professional recognition within a trauma specialty. The three ATSS certifications recognize the experience, skill, education, and  trauma specialty our members document and acknowledge in the certification application.  ATSS certification recognition is important for three reasons:

1)  ATSS certification offers increased value through measured expertise and credibility to employers, practitioners, and survivors.

2)  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.

3)  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 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 or clinic.

These certifications, CTR, CTSS and CTS are not hierarchical in nature but represent the different kinds of trauma work that ATSS members are engaged in.

Each of the certifications requires documentation of specific hours of training and experience  and is subject to review and approval by the Certification Board. A Sponsor (who is identified by ATSS staff and assigned to each applicant) is required for the initial certification application and must be a certified ATSS member in good standing.  ATSS staff and the Certification Committee can assist anyone in need of finding a sponsor.

Please note that certifications are available to ATSS members only.

 

Once your application is submitted please allow approximately 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 - 134Kb)
DOWNLOAD CTR Re-Certification Application
(pdf - 90Kb)
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 - 135Kb)
DOWNLOAD CTSS Re-Certification Application
(pdf - 89Kb)
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 - 428Kb)
DOWNLOAD CTS Re-Certification Application
(pdf - 88Kb)

Certification Payment

 

 

Certification Fee

Initial Certification:

  • CTR -$200 Senior/Student Rate -$150
  • CTSS -$200 Senior/Student Rate -$150
  • CTS - $250 Senior/Student Rate -$200

Recertification Fee

Recertification rate for all 3 designations is $175.

Certifications and recertifications are good for three years. Also, 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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