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CISM Training and Peer Support Team Development

Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)

Group Crisis Intervention

In-person and live, online training helping emergency services, health care professions and others, provide peer support for peers who have been through a critical incident

Provide Support

Save Careers

Save Lives

What is Critical Incident Stress Management?

Critical Incident Stress Management, commonly called CISM, is a peer support model that combines various crisis intervention methods to lessen the impact of an event, accelerate the recovery process, and assess the need for additional or alternative services.

What You Will Learn:

  • You will gain a fundamental understanding of key crisis and stress terms and concepts.

  • Learn the five elements of strategic planning as it relates to CISM activations.

  • Understand the nature of resistance, resiliency, and recovery in the field of CISM.

  • Understand and practice informational and interactive group crisis intervention procedures.

  • Understand how and when to provide CISM interventions as well as when it is not recommended.

  • Experiencing a traumatic event takes its toll

    Emergency services and healthcare professions demand much from its people. After a critical incident a person may be experiencing...

  • Panic symptoms

  • Depression

  • Inability to focus

  • Sleep disruption

  • Irritability

  • Extreme guilt

  • But there's hope

    Group CISM Crisis Intervention will prepare you to provide support to your peers who are having difficulty bouncing back from a difficult experience

    Who Would Benefit

    • Law Enforcement Personnel

    • Firefighters

    • Emergency Medical Services

    • Emergency Room Personnel

    • Physicians

    • Nursing Staff

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    Course Modules

    Here's a breakdown of what you'll be learning inside this training.

    Module 1

    Key Definitions, Terms, and Concepts

    Understand and discuss the natures and definitions of a psychological crisis and psychological crisis intervention.

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    Module 2

    Stress: Psychological & Behavioral Reactions to Stressors

    Gain a better understanding of stress and the common stress reactions.


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    Module 3

    Strategic Planning in Crisis Intervention & Critical Incident Stress Management

    This section focuses on Strategic Planning since it is one of the most important, but frequently most neglected, elements of Critical Incident Stress Management.

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    Module 4

    Informational Group Crisis Interventions

    Understand the different Informational Group Crisis Intervention processes.

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    Module 5

    Interactive Group Crisis Intervention: Defusing

    Learn the Interactive Group Crisis Intervention Defusing process and principles of group support.

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    Module 6

    Practical Exercises for Defusing

    Participate in practice exercises to learn to perform a group defusing.

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    Module 7

    Interactive Group Crisis Intervention: Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD)

    Learn the Critical Incident Stress Debriefing process.

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    Module 8

    Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD) Practice Session

    Participate in practice exercises to learn to perform a group debriefing.

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    Upcoming Group Crisis Intervention Course

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    Registration: $210
    8:30 am - 5:00 pm (Central Time)

    This course is being offered as a Remote Learning - Live Training! This course includes content of traditional in-person classroom training via Zoom technology.

    • Real-time presentations
    • Faculty Interaction
    • Small group breakouts
    • Live Q & A185

    How to Host a Training

    It's easy and affordable



    We'll take a few minutes and discuss your organizational requirements to determine your best plan of action.



    We'll provide interactive in-person or "virtual" training for your personnel. You may also include other organizations and individuals in your area.



    Your staff will be prepared to support others who are in crisis.

    Let's Talk

    Meet The Presenter

    Stress Management Trainer and Speaker

    Bart J Leger, PhD., BCPC, FAAETS, CCISM

    Dr. Leger has nearly 35 years of experience providing crisis intervention, stress management, peer support, training, and consulting services to first responders, mental health professionals, clergy, school counselors, medical, corporate, and industrial fields. His PhD is in counseling with a concentration in traumatic stress. He is a board certified Fellow with the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and a retired first responder.

    With experience in the business sector, law enforcement, fire services, EMS, schools and churches, he is uniquely qualified to provide consulting, training and program development in the areas of peer support teams, critical incident stress management, workplace violence, church and workplace safety, suicide intervention, compassion fatigue/burnout, and many other workforce wellness concerns.

    ... see you on the inside!"

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    We know you'd still have questions, so that's why we prepared this section just for you.

    What is the refund policy?

    Upon request, you may receive a full refund if you cancel at least 14 days prior to the date of training. After that, we don’t give refunds, but you may transfer to the next available course for a $50 transfer fee.

    Can I transfer my registration to another person?

    Yes! To transfer your registration, simply email me at [email protected] and provide the name and email address of the person to whom you are transferring. Please contact me at least 24 hourse before beginning of training.

    Does this class have any prerequisites?

    No. There are no prerequisites required for this training.

    Do I have to be a first responder or in the medical field to take this course.

    No. This course is open to anyone who is interested in attending.

    Can this course be presented 100% online.

    Yes. This course can be taken completely online via Zoom, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. There will be breakout rooms to discuss topics covered in each module.

    Do I get a certificate when I complete this class?

    Yes, if you complete the entire class. Each class requires a certain number contact hours in order to receive a Certificate of Completion. Partial certificates are not issued. Certificate will be provided through the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.

    Can I receive CEUs for this course?

    Yes. Participants will receive an ICISF Certificate of Attendance that offers general (not profession-specific) Continuing Education Units (CEUs) from by University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) Department of Emergency Health Services Professional and Continuing Education (PACE).

    How often is this course offered?

    This course will be offered periodically. Course offerings will be listed on our upcoming courses page. Feel free to request a course. We will schedule a class if there is a minimum of 12 participants.

    Schedule Changes & The Stress Care Doc's Right to Cancel

    Due to unforeseen circumstances, if it becomes necessary to make changes to the schedule, The Stress Care Doc reserves the right to cancel or make changes in course offerings, presenters and session times without prior notice to attendees.

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