Individual Crisis Specialist Certification

It is important to upgrade crisis worker skills to improve both confidence and competence in working with people in crisis and, most of all, those at-risk of suicide.

Crisis center training programs are often strongest in their emphasis on building listening and communication skills. That said, recent research has shown that these skill-sets, trained to but not always fully incorporated, are too-often not maintained once staff and/or volunteers engage actual crisis work. Moreover, the very potential for suicidal behavior by a caller is an extremely anxiety-provoking and inhibiting threat to effective crisis work. Questions that should be asked and information that should be sought in order to adequately evaluate whether a caller maybe suicidal simply are not in evidence.

The training program AAS offers is designed to provide a standardized set of understandings and opportunities to practice both basic crisis worker skills and more advanced skills that, we believe, will help crisis workers be the best they can be. With this training and reading the backup bibliographic resources, they should be well prepared to successfully pass AAS’s individual crisis specialist certification exam.

Crisis worker workshops for groups are available upon request. All associated fees can be found here: Individual Crisis Specialist Certification Manual [PDF]

Training Companion + Crisis Specialist Certification (application required)
Before purchasing the program you must complete the application if you are seeking
certification. The application can be found here: Individual Crisis Specialist Certification Manual [PDF].

If you are registering a group, please have each person complete the application. Contact for more information and discount rates available for groups of 5-10 and 10+.

At the end of the training, you will receive two certificates: a CE certificate and a Certification certificate good for 5 years.

To submit your application and/or more information contact:
Chris Sandwell, MS, LPC, NCC, CCTP
Director of Accreditation, Training, and Certification

Individual Crisis Specialist Certification Manual [PDF]
Crisis Specialist Re-Certification Application [PDF]

APA: AAS is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. AAS maintains responsibility for this program and its content

NBCC: AAS has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5607. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. AAS is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

NASW: This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886455354-1838) for 2.5 continuing education contact hours.