CISM - Critical Incident Stress Management Course


Critical Incident Stress Management


Assisting Individuals in Crisis and Group Crisis Intervention


Course Description

This 3-day course includes both the Assisting Individuals in Crisis & Group Crisis Intervention courses from the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF).

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 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 behavioural crisis reactions

· SAFER-Revised model

· Small and large group crisis interventions

· Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD)


CISM Certified Instructors:

Kara Light

Renee Kampman

Kathryn Le-Williams


Course Information

Date: November 4-6, 2019

Time: 0830-1630

Location: Child Development Centre, 3820 - 24 Avenue NW


ACH RN/RT & Calgary Zone NICU / Womens Health - $150 **Non-refundable

All other AHS Staff - $375 (Cancellation fee $150)


Course Registration Deadline – September 30, 2019

For additional information, please contact Renee Kampman (

CISM Certified Instructors 


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