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LIVE at ATSS’ 2010 Conference: Day 3

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It’s the third and final day of the 2010 conference. After this afternoon’s training sessions, it will be another two full years until the entire organization comes together for another ATSS conference. During our lunch break today, ATSS board members Diane Travers and Barbara Maurer led a presentation titled “Everything You Need to Know About ATSS Certification.”

The main reason individuals become members of ATSS, is for the certifications that the organization offers. ATSS offers three certifications: Certified Trauma Responder (CTR), Certified Trauma Service Specialist (CTSS) and Certified Trauma Specialist (CTS).

ATSS’ certifications have some of the most stringent and rigid set of standards in the trauma industry. Why? Once you attain one of our certifications, the incredibly-high educational and professional standard that you have been held to, will lend added credibility to the work you’re already doing.

How do I know which certification is right for me?

Since the three certifications aren’t built into a tiered system, “You should pick whichever certification describes your work the best,” explained Travers. Once you determine which certification is right for you, you need to get your documentation in order and submit it to ATSS. Let’s take a brief look at each certification individually:

Certified Trauma Responder:

The Certified Trauma Responder (CTR) is appropriate for those engaged in critical incident intervention, debriefing, or emergency response. The standards for experience and education are detailed in the Minimum Standards Training and Education Form. You should review the criteria with your sponsor to ensure you meet the minimum standards.

Documentation of Experience: Resume: A current resume indicating your current employment or volunteer position in a field or position which includes trauma-related/crisis intervention work. This information will usually include a position involving work with domestic violence, schools, crime victim’s services, rape crisis, crisis lines, hospice, chaplaincy, disaster services, child victims, combat veteran’s, police, fire personnel, emergency medical services, corrections, Red Cross, and trauma service ministries. Other trauma-related counseling and service positions may also qualify for experience. Consult your sponsor if you are unsure. The resume must clearly indicate a minimum of 40 hours of experience as a member of a crisis response team.

Certified Trauma Service Specialist:

The Certified Trauma Services Specialists (CTSS) is appropriate for those engaged in short term traumatic stress assistance, peer counseling, advocacy, and crisis support and response for victims, family members, co-victims, and survivors of trauma. The standards for experience and education are detailed in the application packet. You should review the criteria with your sponsor to ensure you meet the minimum standards.

Documentation of Experience: Resume: A current resume indicating your current employment or volunteer position in a field or position which includes trauma-related/crisis intervention work. This information will usually include a position involving work with domestic violence, schools, crime victim’s services, rape crisis, crisis lines, hospice, chaplaincy, disaster services, child victims, combat veteran’s, police, fire personnel, emergency medical services, corrections, Red Cross, and trauma service ministries. Other trauma-related counseling and service positions may also qualify for experience. Consult your sponsor if you are unsure. The resume must clearly indicate a minimum of one-year experience.

Certified Trauma Specialist:

The Certified Trauma Specialist (CTS) is appropriate for counselors and treatment specialists are facilitators of trauma recovery groups, hypnotherapists, art or drama therapists, individuals who provide Thought Field Therapy, Traumatic Incident Reduction, EMDR, meridian based therapy’s, individual, group, and/or family counseling to trauma survivors. The standards for education are detailed in the application. You should review the criteria with your sponsor to ensure you meet the minimum requirements.

Documentation of Experience: Experience Form application. Fill out the experience section on the first page of the CTS application. Be sure the information matches your resume. Resume: A current resume/vitae must be included which documents the above mentioned information and elaborates on trauma population.

There’s so much more to read and learn about the ATSS certifications. CLICK HERE to find out all the details.

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Written by traumalines

October 2, 2010 at 2:06 pm

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