IATP is a non-profit organization specializing offering
Professional Certifications in Trauma Assessment and Treatment

Frequently Asked Questions


[+] [-] What does Level II Certification mean to me?
Level II focuses on the Complex Trauma (also referred to as C-PTSD) and on the nature of the difficulties in treatment, various modalities that are used to enable to improve treatment outcomes for this population.
[+] [-] Am I qualified for this Certification?
Level II is intended for fully Licensed Mental Health Professionals with a Clinical Training and performing Assessment and Treatment with trauma clients. This is a more advanced training and builds from the foundation of CCTP I.
[+] [-] Do I need to be a CCTP first?
You are required to be either: - A current or lapsed (within one year of your lapsed date) CCTP - OR provide documentation of equivalent 12 clock hours from a professional training that included knowledge of history of trauma, definitions, research, and an overview of evidence-based methods used in treatment.
[+] [-] Where do I get the training?
IATP has listed some coursework appropriate from which you can choose. You are able also to take training through alternate coursework from other providers so long as the content mirrors that which is included in the standards. Our staff will review those alternate training(s) that you select prior to applying.
[+] [-] What happens to my existing certification?
You can continue to maintain your CCTP; if you choose to pursue the higher Level II in Complex PTSD, you would replace the Level 1 with CCTP-II moving forward.

General Questions

[+] [-] How could certification benefit me?
Certification demonstrates that you have met clear and established guidelines of training and experience in the field of Trauma. Many providers take pride in developing a specialty in particular approaches, and obtaining a certification is one way to emphasize and give credibility to those efforts. For some, certification may help to distinguish themselves in the Trauma marketplace.
[+] [-] How could certification benefit my clients?
Many clients benefit from knowing that their providers have verified training and experience in Trauma Therapy. An added feeling of confidence in providers may increase belief and expectancy that the treatment is effective.
[+] [-] How does certification relate to competency?
Competency in psychology, including a specialty such as Trauma, is a life-long pursuit and not a black or white construct (i.e., competent versus not competent). Competency relates to training to acquire relevant professional and scientific knowledge, experience with the appropriate supervision and/or consultation to acquire professional skills, and the ability to recognize one’s limits of competency, signaling the need for further training, experience, supervision, consultation, or to refer the client on to another professional.
[+] [-] Where do I get the training to be certified?
The International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP) recognizes training from regionally and nationally accredited universities as well as approved continuing education courses and workshops.
[+] [-] How long does the certification process take?
The certification approval process takes between 3-4 weeks.
[+] [-] What is the difference between a certificate and certification?
Certificate Programs and Certification are an increasing segment of the behavioral health continuing education marketplace. We understand that with new items and change that there can be confusion of the different terms and what they mean. For our purposes we define the following terms as such: - Certificate Programs indicate successful completion of a course, or series of courses, that recognize a specialty area of practice or set of skills. This demonstrates knowledge at a set time and has no ongoing requirements. - Professional Certifications are time-limited recognition evidencing competency as measured against predetermined and standardized criteria, typically by application and/or exam. These standardized criteria can include both academic and non-academic accomplishments such as hours in practice and licensure requirements. Certifications have ongoing requirements to maintain certification that require the holder to demonstrate s/he continues to meet or exceed the requirements set by the organization.
[+] [-] Where do I obtain the 6 trauma-focused CEU hours required for recertification?
The 6 trauma focused CEU hours can be obtained from any reputable continuing education provider. If you have questions about a certain provider you can verify with us prior to registering.
[+] [-] What is the International Association of Trauma Professionals' return and refund policy?
A full refund of your purchase can be issued within 30 days from the day in which we received your payment.
[+] [-] One year of membership with IATP was included with my coursework, is this valid for certification?
Your one year of free membership is not valid for certification. All certifications require the payment of the certification application fee.

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