Assisting Peers: Individual and Group Crisis Intervention

A special Peer Support offering in conjunction with the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation for public safety personnel only.

A fee of $75 is required although scholarships are available.

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February 5-8, 2018  –  8 am to 4 PM
Manchester Police Department, 239 Middle Turnpike East, Manchester, CT 

ICISF Instructor:  Chief Peter Volkmann, MSW, Village of Chatham, NY Police Department

Course Description:

This 4-day course combines ALL of the content of ICISF’s Assisting Individuals in Crisis & Group Crisis Intervention courses.

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”. Designed to present the core elements of a comprehensive, systematic and multi-component crisis intervention curriculum, this course will prepare participants to understand a wide range of crisis intervention services for both the individual and for groups. 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, defusings and the Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD). The need for appropriate follow-up services and referrals when necessary will also be discussed.

Program Highlights

    • Psychological crisis and psychological crisis intervention
    • Resistance, resiliency, recovery continuum
    • 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
    • Relevant research findings
    • Large group crisis interventions
    • Small group crisis interventions
  • Adverse outcome associated with crisis intervention
  • Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD)

Completion of “Assisting Individuals in Crisis” & “Group Crisis Intervention” and receipt of a certificate indicating full attendance (27 Contact Hours) qualifies as two CORE classes in ICISF’s .

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