Certification in Forensic Traumatology
The word forensic comes from the Latin word forensis, meaning “in open court” or “public.” When you describe something as forensic you usually mean that is has to do with finding evidence to assist the court and legal systems in finding truth. The definition of forensics also refers to the application of scientific knowledge to legal problems and legal proceedings.
According to the American Psychological Association, traumatology is the study and treatment of people exposed to highly stressful and traumatic events, such as terrorist bombings, war disasters, fires, accidents, criminal and familial abuse, hostage-taking, hospitalization, major illness, abandonment, and sudden unemployment.
Therefore, forensic traumatology is defined as the assisting the court or legal system in understanding and finding truth in situations where there is question regarding people who were exposed to highly stressful and traumatic events. These situations can be criminal or civil.
The Certification in Forensic Traumatology falls under the Academy Certification Programs in Traumatic Stress Specialities. Professionals applying for Certification in Forensic Traumatology need to document their knowledge, experience, education and training in the area of forensic traumatology. Resumes should include relevant information each of these areas and supporting documentation should be included with each application.
Members who achieve Certification in Forensic Traumatology may represent their credential as follows:
Joseph Martin, M.S.W., C.F.T.
Certified in Forensic Traumatology
American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress in collaboration with the National Center for Crisis Management
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