This course hosted by Bluewater Health is on Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) and will give you certificates in Group Crisis Intervention, and Assisting Individuals in Crisis from the This course looks at critical incidents of all types, and the impact it has on first responders. We will look at strengthening Resistance, Resiliency, and Recovery. We will look at strategic planning for CISM response through out the course.

Group Crisis Intervention

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 the fundamentals 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 Crisis Intervention", 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.

For more information, or to Register contact  Brian Bennett at  or call 416 894 6015


November 28th, 2017 8:30 AM   through   November 30th, 2017 4:30 PM
Bluewater Health Hospital
89 Norman St
Sarnia, ON

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Phone: 416-894-6015