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.



The H.U.G.S. Program, H.U.G.S. Helping Understand Grief & Trauma Sessions  

The objective of the H.U.G.S. Training Program is to address the needs of traumatized and bereaved students who are socially and educationally struggling. The implement of a trauma and bereavement group will address the emotional boundaries that these students are experiencing. Releasing these emotional boundaries will allow these students to resume educationally and emotionally in a healthy manner.

Christine Dernederlanden, C.T.S.S., C.T.R. is the founder of Robert’s Press Canada’s Grief resource Centre. Christine is the award winning author of "Where is Robert?", the grief kit that aided over 6000 families affected by 9/11/01, “H.U.G.S.” Helping Children Understand Grief Sessions and her recent release “Where is My Courage?”

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 ASSOCIATION OF TRAUMATIC STRESS SPECIALISTS SOUTHERN ONTARIO NETWORKING GROUP Halton Regional Police - Burlington Division • 3800 Constable Henshaw Blvd. (formerly Southampton Blvd) Community Room, Monday, June 1, 2015, 7:00 PM

"Insights into Employee Assistance Programs"

In an attempt to provide some insight into the workings of different EAPs, for this networking group meeting, we have invited Tom Gabriel, EFAP Consultant, Crisis and Addiction Counsellor, Toronto Police Association, and Linda Hood, Certified Trauma Services Specialist and Director of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Canada Local 12R24 Members Assistance Program, will talk about their respective roles in their organization’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP). They will provide information about how their program's function, how internal team members and external mental health professionals are selected, and how they evaluate program success.

The UFCW Local 12R24 Members Assistance program provides counselling services for union members and their immediate families. It started as a program run by one of the locals before all the locals across Ontario amalgamated into Local 12R24. It is a confidential program at arms length from the union so no one from union or management knows who is using the program. Confidentiality is a major cornerstone of the program. There is also a peer referral agents program across the province. These union members have offered to assist their fellow union members and receive ongoing training. Linda Hood has been involved with the program for almost 17 years and has been the Director for a year.

Tom Gabriel reports directly to the Director of Member Services and provides assessment, referral and follow-up for members with psychological, addiction and related issues. Tom also provides member representation at the Services Medical Advisory Services (MAS), at return to work meetings, the Toronto Police Service (TPS) EFAP Committee and other duties as determined by the Director of Member Benefits. When appropriate, Tom will respond to members when called upon by the on-call TPA Director for cases where a member is in distress or crisis resulting from being involved in a Special Investigations Unit (SIU) matter, Police Services Act (PSA) investigation or other legal difficulties. Tom liaises and networks with external Police Associations, Community Mental Health Professionals, treatment facilities, other EFAPs and related agencies, legal counsel, universities, colleges and any other resource to benefit TPA members and their families, both active and retired.

The Burlington Division is located on the West Side of Walkers Line just South of # 5 Highway (Dundas Street).  PARKING on the south side of Constable Henshaw Blvd is strongly encouraged. Feel free to invite your friends and colleagues.  Cost: $5.00 cash donation.   RSVP Kent Laidlaw, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  so that we can arrange seating and refreshments.



Kentucky Community Crisis Response Board Crisis Intervention/Psychological First Aid Training Calendar


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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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How to get approval

Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists