Certificate in Traumatic Stress Aide

This program provides an educational foundation for students and professionals working in the field of trauma treatment, counseling and social work. The program focuses on post-traumatic stress disorder, including its diagnosis and treatment; on crisis intervention, coping strategies and client stabilization; and on compassion fatigue, the user friendly term for secondary stress disorder, often experienced by crisis workers or witnesses of a traumatic event. Courses noted with an asterisk (*) are eligible for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) awarded through the New Mexico Counseling and Therapy Practice Board.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Identify the diagnostic criteria for PTSD.
  • Apply the ABC model of crisis intervention.
  • Describe effective community disaster interventions.
  • Identify prevention strategies for compassion fatigue.
  • Synthesize the process of debriefing emergency workers.

Class Requirements


HMSV 2460        Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Diagnosis and Treatment (online) 3 credits

HMSV 2450       Crisis Intervention, Coping Strategies and Stabilization (online) 3 credits

HMSV 2110      Case Management (online) 3 credits

HMSV 1140      Professional Skills in Human (online) 3 credits

HMSV 2450      Compassion Fatigue and Secondary Stress Disorder (online) 3 credits


NOTE: See First-Year Student Success Course Requirement on Page 8.