Designed to present the core elements of a comprehensive, systematic and multi-component crisis intervention curriculum, the Group Crisis Intervention course will prepare participants to understand a wide range of crisis intervention services. Fundamentals of Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) will be outlined and participants will leave with the knowledge and tools to provide several group crisis interventions, specifically demobilizations, defusing’s and the Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD). The need for appropriate follow-up services and referrals when necessary will also be discussed.

Program Highlights

Relevant research findings
Relevant recommendations for practice
Incident assessment
Strategic intervention planning
“Resistance, resilience, recovery” continuum
Large group crisis interventions
Small group crisis interventions
Adverse outcome associated with crisis intervention Reducing risks
Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD)

Assisting Individuals in Crisis

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. Thus, crisis intervention is sometimes called “emotional first aid”. This program is designed for teach participants thefundamentals of, and a specific protocol for, individual crisis intervention.

Program Highlights

Psychological crisis and psychological crisis intervention Critical incident stress management
Evidence-based practice
Basic crisis communication techniques

Common psychological and behavioral crisis reactions Putative and empirically-derived mechanisms

SAFER-Revised model Suicide intervention
Risks of iatrogenic “harm”

Included with the course are the textbooks “Group CrisisIntervention”, by Jeffrey T. Mitchell, and “Assisting Individuals in Crisis” by George Everly, both from the ICISF. As well, participants receive a Certificate of Completion for each course.

Why should I attend?

This course lays the foundation for helping those affected by a critical incident. We provide you with the knowledge, training, tools, and practice, to help those that help others. To provide psychological or emotional first aid for those that may have Physical, Emotional, Cognitive, or Behavioral signs and symptoms.

Some of the goals of CISM include: Mitigate stress, facilitate psychological normalization & lower tension, accelerate the recovery process, provide information and set reactions, educate on stress management and coping skills, reduce the sense of chaos, psychological triage and referral if needed.

This course is designed for anyone who desires to increase their knowledge of Individual (one-on-one) or Group crisis intervention techniques 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.


Registration is limited and should be received by April 27th, 2019. Payment must accompany your registration to hold your spot in the course.

To register, please mail your cheque and registration form to: Brian Bennett 45 Slalom Gate Rd, Collingwood Ont, L9Y 5A9.

Make cheques payable to: Brian Bennett.

Cost: $550 per person including HST (before April 27th) $600 including HST after April 27th, 2019. No refunds less than 1 week notice before course, Substitutes are welcome until first day of course.

Fee includes 2 certificates from the ICISF “International Critical Incident Stress Foundation”, Group Crisis Intervention text, Assisting Individuals in Crisis text, course material, light refreshments, snacks.

Please note that full attendance is mandatory to receive both certificates. This course deals with potentially difficult subject matter and can stir up uncomfortable/strong emotions. If there is something that may cause you undo burden, please let the instructor know in advance so we can tailor the scenarios accordingly.

Please note that this course is filled first come first served, please register early to avoid disappointment. Course is subject to cancellation if there are not enough participants

May 27th, 2019 8:30 AM   through   May 29th, 2019 4:30 PM
1453 Prince Rd
Chrysler Room, Dr Y. Emara Building
Windsor, ON N9C 3Z4

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