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Trauma and Crisis Management Specialist



Wow! I can say that I absolutely loved each article, podcast, webinar, etc. that was included in the Trauma and Crisis Management Specialist training. I can't wait to continue sharing the information with my teachers and principals. In the 10 years of being a school counselor, this was so far the best professional development. 
– Laura Shelton, Bernard Middle School, St. Louis, Mo.


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:
After completing this course 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
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. 

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:
How to Get Started
  1. Register here to sign up for the Trauma and Crisis Management Specialist training. 
  2. Read/view the above assignments. 
  3. Take your exams to indicate mastery of the subject matter. To access your exams, log in to the ASCA website and click on "My ASCA."  Then click on My Profile. From your My Profile page, click on the “Purchases” tab at the top, then click on “Exams” on the left. Your ASCA U Specialist Course and its affiliated exams will be listed in the center of your screen. Click on “Details” then “Take Quiz” to begin taking and passing your exams.
  4. Once you successfully pass all course exams by correctly answering every question, you can view and download a record of your education credits by going to your “Account” tab at the top of your profile and clicking on the “Education Credits” on the left. A certificate suitable for framing with arrive in the mail within 4-6 weeks.