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Ron Mellish, CTS, long time ATSS member, Certification Sponsor and co-ordinator of the Southern Ontario Networking Group, was recently recognized for the many years he volunteered to lead these meetings. Ron and Kent Laidlaw were the co-founders of this regional meeting concept that began over 7 years ago.

The new meeting co-ordinator is Victoria Korobkin. She can be reached at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Victoria Korobkin, meeting co-ordinator for the ATSS Southern Ontario Networking Group, together with Kent Laidlaw, CTR, Immediate Past President of ATSS, present a plaque to Deputy Chief Andrew Fletcher of the Halton Regional Police Service in Oakville, Ontario.

The Halton Regional Police have donated a meeting room to ATSS for the past seven years. The plaque is to recognize the generosity and support offered by the police service.


Listen to Dr. Bridget Cantrell, ATSS member

and 2012 Conference Presenter, discuss Veterans and PTSD.



New Website Launched

We are pleased to announce the arrival of the new and improved website.


ATSS Certifications: Valid vs. Invalid

Certification through the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists (ATSS) has always aided trauma workers to become valuable service-providers. In this day and age, where there is a fairly constant need for trauma counselors, trauma specialists, and trauma responders, those who are certified to do this work have a leading edge over those who remain uncertified.

Unfortunately, the world-view of ATSS certification is being undermined by ATSS members with invalid certifications. Invalid ATSS certifications are held by those members who have let their membership and/or their certification lapse (usually due to non-payment of fees or lack of continuing education or both). Additionally, many of these members (with invalid ATSS certification) continue to promote themselves as ATSS certified. The truth is, if an ATSS member lets their membership or certification lapse, for whatever reason, their certification becomes invalid. One must be a member―in good standing―of ATSS to have a valid certification and one must keep the certification up to date for it to remain valid.

Those who have invalid certifications and continue to promote themselves as ATSS certified are committing, at least, a breach of ethics and, at most, an act that may be unlawful. The ethical issues associated with promoting an invalid certification should be obvious to most. However, the unlawfulness may not be so obvious. Many ATSS certified members are licensed to practice in their respective states. If their ATSS certification is invalid and they continue to promote themselves as certified, this is usually grounds to file a complaint to a licensing board. Further, if one obtains employment based on promoting an invalid certification, the employer can terminate the employment based on a false claim. Finally, the general public can take legal action against an individual who has an invalid ATSS certification for implying they are certified when they are not.

The impetus of this commentary is to keep ATSS strong by strengthening the world-view of our certification. I invite you to renew your membership; pay your fees; bring your certification(s) up to date; get your continuing education credits. If you choose not to do so, please do not promote yourself as being certified by ATSS.


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