The academy is celebrating it 25th anniversary

MEMBERSHIP WITH THE ACADEMY

Membership with the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress® demonstrates a commitment to the field. It is the first step in a sequential process aimed at identifying expertise among professionals across disciplines.

There are two levels of membership in the Academy:

  • Full Member
  • Associate Member

FULL MEMBERSHIP

Full members may hold a Doctorate, Masters, Bachelors, Associates or High School Degrees. Those holding an Associates Degree or High School Diploma should have a minimum of two (2) years experience working with survivors of traumatic events or crisis situations. The Executive Officers reserve the right to grant membership to an individual who does not meet the aforementioned criteria, but who has made important contributions to the field or to the Academy.

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ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP

This level of membership is reserved for students who are still attending school or individuals who have retired from their profession. Associate Members are afforded all benefits of membership with the exception of qualifying for the Certification under the Traumatic Stress and Crisis Management Specialties, and the Diplomate and Fellowship credentials. However, the Executive Board has the right to allow Associate Members to apply for Full Membership based on individual circumstances and/or credentials.

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THE MISSION OF THE ACADEMY

  • INCREASE AWARENESS

    Increase Awareness of Effects of Traumatic Events and Crisis Situations on Human Functioning  

  • LOOK BEYOND PHYSICAL NEEDS

    Enable Professionals to Look Beyond Physical and Safety Needs and also Address Emergent Psychological Needs

  • ESTABLISH STANDARDS

    Improve the Quality of Support and Intervention and Establish Meaningful Standards Among Professionals Across Disciplines

  • TRAINING AND EDUCATION

    Provide Information and Training through it’s Educational Resource Center and Premier Speakers Bureau

  • SUrVIVOR TO THRIVER

    Ultimately to Assist Victims to Become Survivors and then Thrivers