This 3-day course combines ALL of the content of ICISF’s Individual Crisis Intervention and Peer Support & Group Crisis Intervention courses. Refer to both of these class descriptions below for details. Only those attending all hours of class will be issued certificates.
Group Crisis Intervention - The Group Crisis Intervention training program is designed to present the core elements of a comprehensive, systematic, and multi-component crisis intervention curriculum. This course prepares participants to understand a wide range of crisis intervention services including pre and post incident crisis education, significant other support services, on-scene support services, crisis intervention for individuals, demobilizations after large scale traumatic incidents, small group defusings and the group intervention known as Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD). This course specifically prepares participants to provide several of these interventions - specifically demobilizations, defusings, community management briefings, and the CISD. The need for appropriate follow up services and referrals when necessary is also described. Considerable evidence gathered to date strongly supports the multi-component crisis intervention strategy, which is discussed in this course.
Assisting Individuals in Crisis (Formerly known as Individual Crisis Intervention and Peer Support) - Crisis Intervention is NOT psychotherapy, rather it is a specialized acute emergency mental health intervention which requires specialized training. As physical first-aid is to surgery, crisis intervention is to psychotherapy. Crisis intervention is sometimes called “emotional first-aid.” Crisis interventions are typically done individually (one-on-one) or in groups. This program is designed to teach participants the fundamentals of, and a specific protocol for, individual intervention. Topics to be covered include the role of the individual crisis intervention in the comprehensive CISM program; terms and concepts relevant to the study of crisis, traumatic stress and crisis intervention; differential utilities of selected crisis communication techniques; demonstration of selected crisis communication techniques; psychological reactions to crisis and trauma; SAFER protocol for individual crisis intervention and it’s role in comprehensive CISM; demonstration of the use of SAFER protocol for individual crisis intervention; and review of common problems encountered with individuals in crisis. This course is designed for anyone who desires to increase their knowledge of individual (one-on-one) crisis intervention techniques. Please look closely at start time for this course as only those attending all three days of class will be issued certificates. This course is designed for anyone in the fields of Business & Industry, Crisis Intervention, Disaster Response, Education, Emergency Services, Employee Assistance, Healthcare, Homeland Security, Mental Health, Military, Spiritual Care, and Traumatic Stress.
Completion of “Group Crisis Intervention” and “Assisting Individuals in Crisis" and receipt of a certificate indicating full attendance qualifies as two (2) CORE classes in ICISF’s Certificate of Specialized Training Program.