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A Comprehensive Guide to Becoming a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) or Certified Trauma Professional (CTP)

Updated: May 3

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Trauma is pervasive across the United States and around the world, affecting millions of individuals of all ages and backgrounds. Studies show that a significant portion of the population will experience trauma at some point in their lives, underscoring the importance of mental health professionals being skilled in providing both trauma treatment and a trauma-informed practice environment. As a mental health professional, you are likely to encounter clients who have experienced trauma, making it essential to equip yourself with the knowledge and skills needed to provide effective support and healing. Furthermore, it is vital to let your clients and colleagues know that you have advanced training in trauma. This is where Trauma Certification is vital for mental health professionals.

What is the Certified Clinical Trauma Professional CCTP Certification?

The Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) certification is designed for independently licensed mental health professionals seeking advanced training in trauma counseling. To be eligible for this certification, applicants must have a minimum of a master’s degree in their profession and hold a state or national license, with all training hours and supervision requirements completed to be licensed for independent practice in the state they are licensed. Pursuing CCTP certification sets you apart from others in the field who may not have undergone specialized training, making you a valuable asset to organizations and clients seeking trauma-informed services.

Certified Clinical Trauma Professional CCTP Qualifications:

  • Meet the education and licensing requirements. Applicants are required to hold a masters degree in a mental health profession and a state or national license to practice independently as a mental health professional.

    • Qualifying degrees/licensures include: Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Creative Arts Therapists, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners, Addiction Counselors, Psychiatrists, Psychoanalysts. Learn more on Evergreen's CCTP Licensing Information page.

  • Complete an approved CCTP 12 Hour training.

What is Certified Trauma Professional (CTP) certification?

Certified Trauma Professional (CTP) certification is ideal for professionals who do not yet meet the qualifications for the CCTP certification but still wish to seek a broader understanding of trauma, trauma therapy, and creating a trauma-informed therapeutic environment. This is ideal for those who hold a masters degree in a mental health professional and are provisionally licensed or licensed at the bachelors level.

Certified Trauma Professional (CTP) Certification Qualifications:

  • Hold a state or national license in mental health and hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. To view the full list of degrees and licensures which qualify for the CTP certification, please visit the Evergreen CTP Certification info page.

  • Complete an approved CCTP or CTP 12 Hour Training.

Trauma Certification Training Through Elevate CE

Elevate CE offers a 12-Hour Trauma Certification Training that is approved by Evergreen Certifications. Our 2024 training will take place on June 6-7, 2024 as a Live Webinar and will take place on Zoom. This course fulfills the necessary training to obtain certification as a CCTP or CTP. The training covers trauma theory, assessment, and intervention techniques, equipping participants with the knowledge and skills to trauma counseling.

Our trauma certification training includes:

  • 12.0 ASWB CE Credits

  • Certificate of Completion - provides the required documentation which will be submitted to Evergreen to obtain certification.

  • 1st year of CCTP or CTP certification through Evergreen Certifications is included in the course fee. We will also provide guidance on obtaining certification following successful completion of the training.

  • Training handouts and course materials for future reference/ongoing learning.

Understanding the Difference

The primary difference between CCTP and CTP certifications lies in their focus and eligibility criteria. CCTP certification is geared towards mental health professionals with masters-level education and independent licensure. CTP certification is ideal for those who have a minimum of bachelors-level education and hold a provisional or associate-level license. The training provided by Elevate CE is open to those who wish to become a CCTP, CTP, or any mental health professional who wishes to obtain trauma training regardless of whether they wish to seek certification.

Benefits of Certification

Obtaining CCTP or CTP certification offers numerous benefits for mental health professionals:

  • Clinical Expertise: Show clients and colleagues your practice is based on leading-edge research in trauma counseling.

  • Client Trust: Certification demonstrates your commitment to providing the best care possible, fostering trust and confidence in your abilities.

  • Professional Recognition: Set yourself apart from other clinicians and increase your opportunities for career advancement and client referrals.

  • Documentation of Knowledge: Certification serves as an unbiased validation of your training and dedication to your practice.

Steps to Obtain CCTP and CTP Certification

Both CCTP and CTP certifications can be obtained following our 12-hour Trauma Certification Live Webinar training. Here are the steps to certification:

  1. Attend and complete Elevate CE's 12-Hour Trauma Certification Training on June 6-7, 2024.

    1. Get your CE Certificate by email and download/save your certificate (will be sent within one week of the training).

  2. Visit the Evergreen Certifications page for the Certification that you qualify for (CCTP or CTP). Links will be provided to applicants in their instructions email.

    1. Complete the online application and use the coupon code provided to you by Elevate CE for your FREE first year of certification.

  3. Submit your application and then email a copy of your certificate of completion for the 12 hour training AND your professional licensure (or other documentation of your professional status) to Evergreen (email provided in Certification instructions following training).

  4. THAT'S IT! Now sit back and wait for your certification approval.

Do you have questions about becoming a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional or Certified Trauma Professional? Want more info?

Please feel free to email and we'll assist you however we can to answer your question or point you in the right direction to get the answers you need.

Ready to get started? Visit our 12-Hour Trauma Certification Training page to learn more and register for the training to take your first step to become a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional or Certified Trauma Professional!


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