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Trauma and Crisis Management Specialist
"The Specialist training was awesome, and I look forward to taking my new knowledge to my school and my district."
– Lauren Marie Carroll, Harvey Clarke Elementary School, Forest Grove, Ore.

Forty-six million children witness violence, crime, physical and psychological abuse every year in the United States. A study from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network found that one out of every four children attending school has been exposed to a traumatic event that can affect learning and/or behavior.  While the exact statistics vary for a variety of reasons, the commonality of all studies reveal trauma is something many U.S. children face. With such startling statistics, it’s likely that there are students in your school who have been exposed to some sort of trauma in their lifetime. This trauma can be detrimental to your students’ academic achievement, social/emotional development and postsecondary readiness.

Entire schools can also experience traumatic experiences, such as natural disasters, the loss of a student or facility member or a school shooting, and school counselors play an important role in developing and leading the crisis response team after a traumatic event unfolds. Learn how you can best support individual students living with and experiencing trauma and how you can be an instrumental leader in creating and/or maintaining a safe, supportive, trauma-sensitive school.

Learning objectives:
Upon completion of this training, participants should be able to:
  • Explain in detail the prevalence and impact of trauma on students’ academic achievement, college and career readiness and social/emotional development.
  • Identify different types of trauma students may experience
  • Explain the role of schools in the lives of traumatized children
  • Define and list the core attributes of a trauma-sensitive school
  • List key tasks to complete in the wake of a crisis
  • Discuss scenarios to understand the depth of response and what schools need in the recovery phase of a traumatic event
  • Identify different ways to advocate for a trauma-sensitive schools.
  • Locate valuable resources to aid students coping with trauma
Earn the Trauma and Crisis Management Specialist designation to be best prepared to address trauma and crisis management in your school. The Trauma/Crisis Management Specialist training is $99 ($249 for nonmembers) and is equal to 5 CEUs/50 Contact Hours. Graduate credit is now available for individuals who complete the Trauma and Crisis Management Specialist Training after October 1, 2017. Click here for more information. 

To earn the Trauma and Crisis Management Specialist certificate, you will read/view the following materials and take a short quiz online about each to indicate mastery of the subject matter. Once you have passed all the quizzes, the CEUs will be posted to your CEU records online, and you’ll receive a certificate suitable for framing in the mail. It can take up to three weeks for your certificate to arrive. The Specialist designation is good for five years. Please note, access to all webinars, journal article, magazine articles and quizzes is included in the registration price. Books must be purchased separately. 

Materials: Optional materials and additional resources:
Helping Kids During Crisis
Child Welfare Information Gateway
Safe, Healthy and Ready to Learn: Policy Recommendations to Ensure Children Thrive in Supportive Communities Free from Violence and Trauma (Futures Without Violence)
Book: "School Crisis Prevention and Intervention: The PREPARE Model"

How to Get Started
1. Register here to sign up for the Trauma and Crisis Management Specialist training. 

2, Read/view the above assignments. For the webinars and presentations some users may need to download the g2m4 codec to play archived webinar recordings.

3. Take the quizzes. Once you've registered for the training, log into the ASCA website, click on "My ASCA" and then click on "ASCA Quizzes." You must score 100 percent on each quiz to pass. You may take each quiz as many times as necessary. Please note, if you're working on a Mac, we recommend using Firefox or Google Chrome rather than Safari for best interface with the quiz software. And if you're working on a PC and the quizzes aren't showing up properly, make sure your Internet browser is the most up-to-date version.