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.


Crisis Care Network is hosting the following training:

Best Practices in Critical Incident Response Training, September 1, 2015 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.   (This training is ATSS certification approved).



  13th Hawaii Training Summit: Preventing, Assessing and Treating Child, Adolescent, and Adult Trauma    
March 28-31, 2016   
Venue: Hawaii Convention Center and
  20th International Training Summit on Violence,
Abuse and Trauma
August 23-26, 2015 San Diego, CA
Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT)


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


Applying the arts to the life story, October 27th - November 2ND 2015 - Tlaxcala, Mexico

 The focus of this year’s workshop is to introduce our project: Women, War, and What They Fed the Children – collecting stories and bringing peace to our own lives and our worlds – whether it is the inner world, the family, community or nation. There is always a story and every person’s story is important and needs to be told.

Ashlar’s programs adapt both ancient and modern methods to give expression and healing to the personal and collective Story. Our methods are experiential; we learn and teach through doing wrapping the activity in some theory. Retreat participants will craft their own life stories and learn methods we have embedded in our processes to remediate symptoms of toxic stress.

Some things you will take away from the workshop:

  • Giving creative form to story – Why, How, When and Where
  • The neuroscience of traumatic stress
  • An anthropological approach to story
  • The practice of Deep Listening
  • Your own story -- formatting and continuing after the retreat
  • Addressing the toxic stress within stories
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Self-Care options and practice
  • Creating a Village Self Care project around art and testimony.
  • Costs and registration:

    The fee for the workshop is $1,500 US dollars 
    EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT of $150 if you pay in full by July 30th.

    The size of the workshop is limited and registration is on a first-come-first-service basis determined by the order in which payment is received. The fees include:

    • Accommodations (double or single in a centrally located hotel in Tlaxcala)
    • All meals
    • All workshop activities
    • All Day of the Dead activities
    • Ground transportation for Airport to Tlaxcala and return
    • Ground transportation from hotel to Casa Carmelita

    **Air transportation is not included**
    **Afternoon excursions are not included**

    A $500 deposit is required to hold your spot. The remaining balance is due August 1, 2015.  For details of workshop contact:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Andrea Steffens,  PhD, Executive Director, Ashlar Center for Narrative Arts Hamilton New York 13346US: contact: 315.750.0420


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?”   For more information contact Christine Dernederlanden at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   (This training is ATSS certification approved). 




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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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