The Center for Trauma and Resiliency Studies (CTRS) at Divine Mercy University (DMU) is announcing its fifth year of trauma trainings. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Center has been able to offer trauma trainings complete with learning skills, small group work, discussions, and practicing of skills through the Zoom platform. We are continuing to offer programs online and when possible, will be offering specific trainings on campus. Whether on campus or online, we have been able to and will continue to offer the entire array of Green Cross Academy for Traumatology (GCAT) trainings as well as some of our own.
Since CTRS is affiliated with GCAT, we offer the entire array of courses that lead to trauma certifications that are recognized in the First Response community. As a GCAT training site, we also deploy to crisis and trauma areas. Participants are encouraged to join GCAT and to provide direct services as a team coming from DMU into crisis situations and disaster events as they unfold. Our summer immersion program gives participants the opportunity to practice skills learned each year. We have not identified the country for which we will travel to this year and in fact, may choose to stay in the United States due to the pandemic. We respond to requests throughout the year as well on an as-needed basis and only go to places we are invited.
All students, employees of DMU, alumni, and community professionals far and wide are welcome to join us in receiving trainings that can reach and support those who are suffering and in need after disaster or crisis situations. The current pandemic certainly qualifies as both a disaster and an ongoing crisis situation. CTRS along with GCAT have formed an association with the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress (AAETS) to provide ongoing support groups to medical and first-responder personnel. Students at DMU are encouraged to offer counseling services in cooperation with this program once they have completed trauma certification and/or are in practicum or internship. We do hope that you find interest in our offerings, and become active in our programming. Workshops can be taken in sequence, or intermittently; within a single year, or over several. These workshops can be taken as single workshops or in pursuit of certification with GCAT. We look forward to your participation and meeting you at an upcoming training, either in person or online. If you have any questions, please be in touch with us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.