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.

Best Practices in Critical Incident Response for the Workplace

April 18, 2014 - Wyoming, MI

ATSS Approved Training*

8:00am to 5:00pm
4115 Ayrshire Dr. SW, Wyoming, MI, 49418

Cost: $99.00

Click here to access more information and the registration form!

The 2014 Canadian Critical Incident Stress Conference

Hosted by the Critical Incident Stress Foundation

 Dennis Potter, LMSW, CAADC, CCS, FAAETS, serves as Manager, Consultant Relations and Training for Crisis Care Network. He is a licensed social worker and certified addiction counselor. Dennis has received training and supervision in Cognitive Therapy from the Beck Institute in Philadelphia, PA. 

Judy Beahan, MSW, serves as Director, Clinical and Network Operations for Crisis Care Network. She manages training and development of the largest national provider network of Critical Incident Response Specialists to the workplace. Crisis Care Network responds 1,000 times per month following workplace tragedies to facilitate employee/organizational return to productivity. 

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The 2014 Canadian Critical Incident Stress Conference

Hosted by the Critical Incident Stress Foundation

April 24th to the 26th

Location: The Sheraton on the falls in Niagara Falls, Ontario. This must attend event boasts a lineup of diverse speakers addressing our delegate’s key challenges with innovative thinking, new perspectives and real life stories. We are also excited to announce we will be offering approved ICISF training in Individual, Group, & Advanced Crisis Intervention along with Suicide Awareness

April 22nd - 23rd, 2014

This conference will unite hundreds of people from across Canada and internationally with a common interest in the field of CISM during this unforgettable week-long event.

Training topics: Individual and Group Crisis Intervention, Advanced Crisis Intervention, 1 day Suicide Awareness, 1 day CISD refresher, 4 day Approved Instructor group CI CISD For further information please visit: WWW.CCISF2014.CA or call 289-239-7978

Traumatic Incident Reduction Workshop

ATSS Approved Training *

The Spring TIR Workshop starts 9:00 am, Wednesday, April 23 and finishes 5:00 pm Saturday, April 26, 2014.  Location: Weber’s Inn, Ann Arbor, MI.

26 continuing education credit hours are offered.  The Summer TIR Workshop starts 9:00 am, Wednesday, August 20 and finishes 5:00 pm Saturday, August 23, 2014 at the Holiday Inn near North Campus, Ann Arbor, MI.

This four day workshop covers the nature of trauma, the consequences of traumatic incidents, and the Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) technique, a one-on-one, highly-structured, yet person-centered approach to resolving the emotional charge contained in traumas and permanently eliminating their negative aftereffects in a relatively brief amount of time. This training contains practicum sections where students apply the techniques learned. Information on continuing education credit available can be found here:


As demonstrated through examination and supervised activities, the student will be able to: Explain the theory of the traumatic network Explain the theory and practice of Traumatic Incident Reduction Explain the theory and practice of Unblocking Describe clients for whom TIR is not appropriate Predict how reactivation (triggering) affects clients' everyday lives Utilize communication exercises to increase rapport with clients Describe unresolved traumatic incidents as incomplete activity cycles Apply Traumatic Incident Reduction to a successful result Apply Unblocking to a successful result Use these structured, directive techniques in a client-centered way.  

For social workers, psychologists, counselors, life coaches, medical staff, chaplains, victim service staff, and anyone in the helping professions who would benefit from this training.

Trainer: Marian Volkman has worked in the field of trauma resolution and personal growth for more than 40 years. She teaches Applied Metapsychology, including Traumatic Incident Reduction in the US, Canada, Europe, and elsewhere, trains new trainer, and maintains a practice working with individuals. Since 1999 she has presented at many ATSS conferences. Marian is the author of Life Skills: Improve the Quality of Your Life with Metapsychology (2005) and editor of Children and Traumatic Incident Reduction: Creative and Cognitive Approaches (2007).

Fee: $695 for the four day training, including all needed course materials. $625 advanced registration discount.  Some scholarships are available for full time students.

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First Responders: Understanding the unique culture of this work and its impact upon marital relationships

Monday, May 12, 2014 7:00 PM

Sponsored by


First responders plan meticulously and practice regularly to respond to crises when it comes to others but often fail to consider how the job will impact their personal relationships. This seminar will introduce some of the common impacts of emergency services work on marital dynamics and will highlight ways in which first responders, their partners and family can plan for the impact on their relationships.

Trainers: Lee Horton-Carter has been practicing as a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist for 21 years. She is married and has two step children, one with special needs. She has been participating in debriefings with Waterloo Fire and Waterloo Regional Police since 1995. In 2001, she accompanied Waterloo Regional Police officers to debrief officers who were directly involved on 9/11. Lee has her own private therapy practice in Kitchener.  Neil S. Lackey has been practicing as a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Sex Therapist since 1996. He works with individuals ranging from 8 to 73 years and utilizes a variety of psychotherapeutic approaches from the systemic, narrative, solution focused, emotion focused and cognitive fields. He also uses EMDR when appropriate. Neil is an ordained Minister in the United Church of Canada.

$5.00 cash donation

Halton Regional Police - Burlington Division, 3800 Constable Henshaw Blvd. (Formerly Southampton Blvd.). Burlington Community Roomfree parking

Come and join us for an informal opportunity to network with others who share an interest in trauma and critical incident stress related issues.

PLEASE NOTE the change of location. The Burlington Division is located on the West Side of Walkers Line, just South of # 5 Highway (Dundas Street).

Invite your friends and colleagues!




July 13-17, 2014

Location: 3722 Fairway Rd., Innisfil, ON (near Barrie), Canada For further information, please check our website or contact our office by phone or email: Kempenfelt Conference Centre Website:

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Professional development and learning opportunities to those working and involved in substance use and related fields. This year’s annual Institute workshops include the following:

  • Concurrent Disorders: The Interaction of Addictions and Compromised Mental Health- Dennis Kimberley, MSW, Ph.D., RSW
  • Defusing and Debriefing 101 - Kent Laidlaw/Dr. Paulette Laidlaw
  • Managing Emotional Charge: An Introduction to Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Skills with Substance Abuse Disorders (SUD)- Ian Robertson MSW, RSW
  • An Introduction to Drugs for Counsellors - Dr. Rick Csiernik
  • Plus presentations and workshops on internet addiction, relapse prevention, addiction and the family, self-esteem and addiction, anxiety, compassion fatigue, terminal illness in recovery and more
  • Keynote Speaker: Dr. Rick Csiernik -The Global Politics of Addiction: The Money Behind the Disease
  • Plenary Session Speaker: Angela Rolleman/David Garvie, The Secrets of Extremely Happy People

19th International Conference & Summit on Violence, Abuse & Trauma Linking Research, Practice, Advocacy & Policy

September 7-10, 2014

Town & Country Resort & Convention Center, San Diego, CA

Benefits of Attending:

  • Comprehensive yet Cost Effective
  • Premiere Networking Opportunities
  • Interdisciplinary Approach for Child
  • Maltreatment, Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Trauma & More
  • Cutting Edge Research, Intervention Techniques, & Prevention programs
  • Multicultural Perspectives & Issues
  • Evidence-based & Promising Practices, Programs & Approaches
  • Promoting Policy Development


Adult Survivors of Maltreatment & Trauma, At-Risk Youth, Child Maltreatment, Children Exposed to Violence, Intimate Partner Violence, Offenders, Intimate Partner Violence Victims/Survivors, Legal & Criminal Justice Issues, Sexual Assault/Victimization Trauma in Military Personnel, Veterans & Their Families, Trauma in General

The Institute on Violence, Abuse & Trauma at Alliant International University ▪ (858) 527-1860 x 4030 ▪ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

May 31, 2014: Online Registration Available
Jul. 31, 2014: Deadline for Call for Poster Submissions
Aug. 15, 2014: Deadline to Submit Exhibitor Application
Sept. 1, 2014: Last Day to Register Online

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