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Building Skills for Crisis Intervention Teams Approved Instructor Candidate Program

October 8 - 9, 2019

After learning the CISM techniques it is important to get the experience in using and maintaining the skills necessary to do quality interventions. This program has been designed to provide participants with direct application and practice of skills of crisis intervention techniques. The program emphasizes a broadening of the knowledge base concerning critical incident stress management interventions as well as the practice of each application. Participants will learn some training techniques and activities that they might use to assist their teams in additional skill building.

This program has been developed for Employee Assistance Programs, human resources staff, public safety personnel, mental health professionals, chaplains, paramedics, firefighters, physicians, police officers, nurses, dispatchers, airline personnel and disaster workers to increase mastery and confidence in the skills learned during the CISM core courses.

Program Highlights:

  • Skills in organizing appropriate CISM responses
  • Conducting Crisis Management Briefings
  • Participate as a Team member and a “participant” of an event
  • Appropriate CISM activities for a variety of incidents
  • Range of CISM techniques within the CISM process
  • Understanding of CISM principles for each activity
  • “Teaching” phases in each type of CISM experience
  • Defusing steps and purposes
  • Alternative techniques to accomplish the goals of CISM
  • One on one skills using CISM process

Successful completion of the Approved Instructor Candidate Program will allow you to teach this curriculum to others. Continuing education will be required to maintain your instructor status.

Prerequisites for Participation in the Approved Instructor Candidate Program:

  • Completion of the following ICISF courses as taught by ICISF or by an approved ICISF instructor. (Copies of certificates of completion are required to accompany the application).
    • Group Crisis Intervention
    • Assisting Individuals in Crisis (formerly known as Individual Crisis Intervention and Peer Support)
    • Advanced Group Crisis Intervention
      • Please note the Building Skills for Crisis Intervention Teams course is NOT a prerequisite for this Approved Instructor Candidate Program!
  • ICISF Approved Instructor in good standing for:
    • Group Crisis Intervention
    • Assisting Individuals in Crisis (formerly known as Individual Crisis Intervention and Peer Support)
  • A minimum of five years critical incident / traumatic stress experience.
  • A letter of recommendation from a local, state or regional CISM team or agency / institution dated within three months of application due date.
  • A letter of endorsement from a local, state, or regional CISM coordinator or clinical director dated within three months of application due date.
  • At least one of the letters of recommendation must attest to the instructor candidate’s teaching ability. If neither of the aforementioned letters can do so, a third letter must be submitted.
  • Active membership on a crisis intervention team.
  • Current ICISF individual membership.
  • A copy of a current CV or resume.
  • Official course application form.
  • A brief statement outlining:
    • Your crisis intervention/CISM experience.
    • Your instructional experience.
    • Reasons for applying for ICISF Approved Instructor Training.
  • Completion of the UMBC CISM Certification Exam  https://ccism-cert.org .
    Optional “CISM: A Practical Review” can be purchased here.

 

 

Law Enforcement Perspectives for CISM Enhancement Approved Instructor Candidate Program

October 10 - 11, 2019

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”. Most crisis intervention is done individually (one-on-one). The program is designed to teach participants the fundamentals of, and a specific protocol for, individual crisis intervention and increase emergency mental health skills.

Interested participants would include emergency services personnel, military personnel, business/industrial personnel without formal training in mental health, and mental health professionals. Successful completion of the Approved Instructor Candidate Program will allow you to teach this curriculum to others. Continuing education will be required to maintain your instructor status.

Prerequisites for Participation in the Approved Instructor Candidate Program

  • Completion of the following ICISF courses:
    • Group Crisis Intervention
    • Assisting Individuals in Crisis (formerly known as Individual Crisis Intervention and Peer Support)
    • Law Enforcement Perspectives for CISM Enhancement courses as taught by ICISF or by an approved ICISF instructor.
    • Preferred: Completion of above plus completion of Advanced Group or Strategic Response to Crisis ICISF courses.
      (Copies of certificates of completion are required to accompany the application.)
  • Proof of a minimum of three years critical incident / traumatic stress experience.
  • Proof of completion of a minimum of 15 group interventions. (Equivalent experience will be evaluated on a case by case basis).
  • A letter of recommendation/endorsement from a local, state or regional CISM team or agency / institution dated within three months of application due date.
  • A letter of recommendation/endorsement from a local, state or regional CISM coordinator or clinical director dated within three months of application due date.
  • At least one of the letters of recommendation/endorsement must attest to the instructor candidate’s teaching ability. If neither of the aforementioned letters can do so, a third letter must be submitted.
  • Proof of active membership on a crisis intervention team.
  • Current ICISF individual membership.
  • A copy of a current CV or resume.
  • Official course application form.
  • A brief statement outlining
    • Your crisis intervention/CISM experience.
    • Your instructional experience.
    • Reasons for applying for ICISF Approved Instructor Training.
    • Your background as a Law Enforcement officer with ten years service OR as a mental health professional/chaplain/civilian worker with three years of service interacting with a law enforcement agency.
  • Completion of the UMBC CISM Certification Exam  https://ccism-cert.org .
    Optional “CISM: A Practical Review” can be purchased here.

Click here to download a PDF with these prerequisites.



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