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. Individuals seeking ATSS certification should make sure that courses they take are in compliance with the requirements for certification or re-certification. 

Applied Metapsychology 2017 International Training Calendar (Canadian, US and Global)  

AMI develops training materials for the subject, including Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR), maintains certification standards, holds the copyrights to the subject, and maintains relationships with professional organizations for continuing education recognition. Please review the variety of training sites available.  
Note: All AMI trauma-related training is recognized by ATSS as providing training and education consistent with requirements for ATSS international trauma certification.
Applied Metapsychology International (AMI) Information -
Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR), Life Stress Reduction (LSR), and related Applied Metapsychology techniques and programs, present a new paradigm of safety and effectiveness for the helping professions, and for those seeking such help. Learn more about these techniques and programs at:




Open Forest LLC is a team of professionals, including PhD-qualified psychiatrists and psychologists that specialize in the design and development of programs offered online aimed at reducing the symptoms of various psychological difficulties. Various exercises and techniques based on scientifically proven systems and principles such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT, and mindfulness meditation, are used to help people affected by Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHO), depression, anxiety, and problem drinking.

Visit for these and more courses as the Open Forest team continues to work on expanding resources and offerings.


PsychU -

A free onine community and resource library for the mental health field.  PsychU hosts hundreds of educational live events and virtual forums each year.


The Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit 2nd Edition - is designed to teach basic knowledge, skills, and values about working with children who are in the child welfare system and who have experienced traumatic events. The toolkit teaches strategies for using trauma-informed child welfare practice to enhance the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families who are involved in the child welfare system. The toolkit can be accessed at the NCTSN Learning Center for Child and Adolescent Trauma.

The toolkit was developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, in  collaboration with the following organizations:


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


Accredited Schools Online

A guidebook is available to help students and their families better understand the mental health challenges that many students will face while in college, such as stress and anxiety, and how to properly deal with them at

Affordable Colleges Online

As you likely know, stress and anxiety are very real problems for today's students. Some stressors can be positive influences, but unchecked, stress can quickly become a health issue. At Affordable Colleges Online, we've just published a new guide which aims to help students deal with stress. You can find the guide here:

The guide takes an in-depth look at the various stressors confronted by students.  From grades and money to feelings of isolation, we inspect what real students are dealing with and how they are affected by stress and anxiety. Key elements of the guide include:

  • Dos and Don'ts of college stress
  • Common signs of students in need and where to find help
  • External stress-management resources recent Associated Press poll found that 85% of college students experienced stress on a daily basis. Left unchecked, it can have adverse effects on a student's physical, emotional and cognitive health. This website/guide puts stress into context for students, explaining exactly what stress is physiologically, why it's so important to keep it under control, and ultimately how to manage daily stressors.)


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 email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

EMDR therapy

EMDR therapy is a specialized approach that requires supervised training for full therapeutic effectiveness and client safety. The training will consist of lecture, live and videotaped demonstrations and supervised practice. The format of this workshop has been designed by the originator of EMDRtherapy, Francine Shapiro, PhD. The workshop leaders have been individually selected and trained by her to provide the comprehensive information necessary for appropriate client selection and effective utilization of EMDR therapy. This is the workshop program which has been taught by Dr. Shapiro since 1990. EMDR Institute adheres to the ethical standards of APA, social work, nursing and mental health boards.

Contact Info

EMDR Institute, Inc.
PO Box 750
Watsonville, CA 95077 USA

Tel: 831-761-1040
Fax: 831-761-1204
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On-line Training and Educational Courses
Approved by ATSS for Certification and Re-certification*

Note:  ATSS will accept online hours for certification and recertification as long as: 1) they are offered by a college or university, or 2) they are accredited under state or province licensing boards, and 3) they are trauma specific.  

Free Courses

The School of Mental Health

University of Minnesota, School of Public Health – Crisis Intervention During Disaster.
Disaster 101: An immersive emergency preparation and crisis leadership workshop.

Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)—A Web-Based Learning Course TF-CBT is a child and parent psychotherapy approach for kids who have behavioral difficulties that result from trauma. Children and parents learn new skills to manage and resolve distressing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that result from traumatic life events.

Federal Government (FEMA)-US disaster preparedness training


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 offers a free online 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 $$

Boston University - The MSW Program has a courses focused in adult trauma. 


University of Wisconsin –Milwaukee School of Continuing Education -Certificate in Trauma Counseling 

This series is a multidisciplinary training program for those who work with trauma survivors of abuse, violence, war, accident, crime and disaster. It consists of 80 clock hours of interactive instruction presented in two 40-hour courses. Thess courses are taught by two instructors:  Rae Anne Frey and Patricia Clason. It is available online only.


Widener University’s online Masters of Social Work program.

Widener University offers an online program with a MSW curriculum specializing in trauma. This is a resource to individuals who are interested in an MSW program that specializes in trauma.


The University of Nevada, Reno Online Masters of Social Work -  prepares individuals to obtain their advanced generalist social work degree, and are promoted through a holistic, complex and dynamic view of social work practice.


Catholic University of America On Line -

The online clinical Master of Social Work (MSW) from The Catholic University of America’s National Catholic School of Social Service (NCSSS) prepares you to obtain your license in clinical social work practice. 

The university also has a program resource article on stress  management and burnout prevention for health care professionals. The resource provides insight on how to practice long term self-care while working in the mental health field.

The resource can be found at:


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.


The Psychoterapynetworker -

Psychotherapy Networker is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to offering practical guidance, creative inspiration, and community support to therapists around the world. Whether you want to stay informed about new ideas and current debates in the field, connect with colleagues who share your professional interests, or just keep the spirit of discovery alive and well in your work, Psychotherapy Networker provides indispensable guidance and resources for your practice.

*30 hours of on-line training can be applied toward educational requirements of the Certified Trauma Treatment Specialist (CTTS) 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.


Yale New Haven Health Center for Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response

International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies -

Life Skills Crisis Intervention (for youth behavioral problems) -









Inclusion of any training/workshop/course on this list does not constitute approval of any particular organization or its services. The information provided is maintained by the respective individuals/organizations in charge of the training/workshop/course and they are solely responsible for their content. ATSS recognition does not mean that we endorse the particular model/approach. The development, practice and training of trauma interventions and approaches remains the subject of personal and professional liability of the provider.