About The Academy


The American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress® is a multidisciplinary network of professionals who are committed to the advancement of intervention for survivors of trauma. The Academy aims to identify expertise among professionals, across disciplines, and to provide meaningful standards for those who work regularly with survivors.

Today, our international membership includes individuals from over 200 professions in the health-related fields, emergency services, criminal justice, forensics, law and education. With members in every state of the United States and over 40 foreign countries, our association is the largest organization of its kind in the world.

The Academy defines traumatic stress as, “the emotional, cognitive and behavioral experience of individuals who are exposed to, or who witness, events that are extreme and/or life threatening.” Our mission is to increase awareness of the effects of these traumatic events and, ultimately, to improve the quality of intervention with survivors.

Traumatic stress has many "faces.” In addition to the devastating effects of large-scale disasters and catastrophes, the Academy is committed to fostering a greater appreciation of the effects of day-to-day traumatic experiences (e.g., chronic illness, accidents, domestic violence and loss). Our aim is to help all victims to become survivors and, ultimately, thrivers.

In this spirit the Academy offers:

  • membership/associate membership in a prestigious professional association,
  • Board Certification Programs,
  • Diplomate and Fellow Credentials,
  • continuing education credits,
  • Trauma Response®, The Academy UpdateTM and Trauma Response® InfosheetsTM, the official publications of the Academy,
  • listing in The National Registry of The American Academy of Experts in Traumatic StressTM,
  • award winning Internet sites at www.aaets.org and www. traumatic-stress.org and
  • a Code of Ethical & Professional Standards.