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.


New Directions and Practical Applications of Mindfulness-Focused Trauma Therapy

Presented by Dr. Jon Briere •  June 6 and 7, 2014 •  Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada.

Presented by Trauma Training Seminars and Professional Consultation.

Contact: or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  • Early bird registration rate offered by May 23, 2014. 



The National Hurricane Program, a federal partnership between FEMA, NOAA, and the USACE, requests that you review this important announcement related to the HURREVAC Decision Support Program for Government Emergency Managers.

2014 HURREVAC Training Webinar Series

This summer the National Hurricane Program will again be offering a 5-day webinar series to serve as a HURREVAC refresher course for the emergency management community. The training is structured to provide an overview of the new and existing features in HURREVAC.

The 5-day series will be held 3 times over the following dates:


Session 1: June 23-27

Session 2: July 7-11

Session 3: August 4-8


Each day's webinar will start at 2 PM (Eastern Daylight Time) and last between 60 and 90 minutes.


Day 1- Intro to HURREVAC and general overview of program (June 23, July 7, or August 4)
What is it, how does it work, what do all the buttons do, etc.

Day 2- Evacuation Timing Features (June 24, July 8, or August 5)
Tools to support evacuation decisions

Day 3- Wind Forecast Features (June 25, July 9, or August 6)
Tools to support understanding of potential wind timing and intensity

Day 4- Additional Program Tools and Features (June 26, July 10, or August 7)
Other features to support hurricane response and decision making

Day 5- Applying HURREVAC (June 27, July 11, or August 8)
Using HURREVAC to answer scenario-based questions


There is no registration required and you may mix and match your dates of participation in certain topics from one session to the next. Available space in each webinar is limited and will be offered on a first come, first serve basis. If multiple people in one office or location are planning to participate, please share one webinar connection to help maximize the number of participants we can accommodate. The webinar log-in information is as follows:

Step 1:  Connect to Webinar:

Web Meeting Address:

Meeting Number(s): 877-336-1839

Code: 5068066


Step 2: Call-In for Audio

CALL NUMBER: (877)336-1839

ACCESS CODE: 5068066





Webinar - Beyond Resilience and PTSD: Flexibility and Heterogeneity Following Potential Trauma

Presented by George Bonanno, PhD •  Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. CDT


International Critical Incident Stress Foundation needs your help for the 2015 conference.  

Call for Presentations is open for the 13th World Congress on Stress, Trauma and Coping! 

May 11 - 16, 2015 • Baltimore, Maryland  

Experience a whole new World Congress with more opportunities to Engage, Learn, Share. This theme doesn't just summarize the 13th World Congress on Stress, Trauma and Coping mission and purpose - It also describes the atmosphere we're striving to create: an environment where solutions are evolving to deal with the ongoing challenges facing crisis interventionists.  We invite you to share in our efforts to demonstrate the impact that enhanced quality can have on our agencies, organizations, businesses, communities, and our world.

ICISF’s World Congress provides high-quality crisis intervention education and networking opportunities. Education sessions, designed to transcend all industry sectors, focus on current and emerging issues, best practices, proven techniques, and the complex challenges facing crisis interventionists in today’s global environment.

We are developing the 2015 World Congress on Stress, Trauma and Coping and are looking specifically for presentations that can integrate the conference theme with one or more of these focus areas:                                                                                                          

Emergency Services and Public Safety, Disaster Response, Faith Based Applications, Family, Children and

Schools, Healthcare Settings, Industry / Corporate / EAP, Military /Veterans and Research / Innovations.  

We encourage you to use this opportunity to highlight your solutions, case studies, and initiatives by sharing your knowledge and expertise with the crisis intervention field. Working collectively to share and learn is the key to connecting the crisis response community.  Join with others dedicated to the crisis response community and answer this call for innovative and cutting-edge topics and speakers today!

Note:  Call for Presentations closes on 6/20/2014 at 11:59 EST.   Contact Terri Pazornick, Education and Training Manager, for additional information  at:   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  



19th International  Conference & Summit on Violence, Abuse & Trauma

Call for Posters - Submit Online  at   •  Deadline for submission: July 31, 2014

Areas of emphasisBullying • Elders • Grief & Loss • Historical/Cultural Trauma • Human Sexuality • Indigenous Populations . Juvenile Justice • LGBTQQIAAP • People of Color • People with Disabilities • Pornography  Human Sexuality• Prevention• Resilience • Sexual Offenders • Social Justice • Social Marginalization • Substance Abuse •  Technology Facilitated Crimes/Cyberbullying • Violence & Abuse in Public Education

Questions? Contact us @ (858) 527-1860 ext. 4034 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  



Location: 3722 Fairway Rd., Innisfil, Ontario (near Barrie), Canada

For further information, please check our website or contact our office by phone or email: Kempenfelt Conference Centre Website:

Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ● Tel: 1.866.278.3568 

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


Save the Date!    ISTSS 30th Annual Conference

Healing Lives and Communities: Addressing the Effects of Childhood Trauma Across the Life Span

November 6 -8, 2014 •   InterContinental Miami • Miami, Florida •




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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