Certificate Program Information

The ISSTD Center for Advanced Studies in Trauma and Dissociation has developed a comprehensive series of educational programs including training courses, webinars, and conferences.  Each of these interlinked programs is based upon the Core Areas of Knowledge that were identified by the leaders of the field in 2010. The Center awards a Certificate in Complex Trauma and Dissociation to those who complete 72 hours of Center-approved courses and training. The Center awards an Advanced Certificate in Complex Trauma and Dissociation to those who complete 100 hours.

Currently credits are available for live participation, both in-person and online, in Professional Training Program courses, webinars, and conferences. Participants will earn one credit for each hour of live participation. Credits are automatically awarded for training courses, webinars, and regional conferences. Completion of short quizzes is required to receive credits for annual and virtual conferences with multiple tracks.

There is no cost to earn certificate program credits beyond the cost of each education program. ISSTD updates credit totals for all participants on an annual basis and recognizes those who have earned the Certificate or Advanced Certificate each year at the Annual Conference.

While there are a number of ways to earn your Certificate and Advanced Certificate, ISSTD has developed two bundles of courses and webinars that represent the most direct path toward to completion. For more information on these options, visit the Certificate Program Bundles Page.

Continue your journey towards mastery of complex trauma and dissociation! Most training programs focus on ‘simple’ trauma. The Center’s programs focus on complex trauma. “We start where others leave off.”

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