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Excellence in Training and Experience

Utilization of CISM personnel without approved International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) crisis interventionist training and demonstrated successful experience without oversight from a Licensed Mental Health Professional may be the single greatest risk to the person in crisis and to a successfull intervention outcome.

Training, Supervised Experience and Certification

Carefully selected and approved crisis intervention training provides insight into “why” we do what we do. CISM training gives background and presents underlying research and rationale. Much like standardized fire and aviation training, CISM training is a critical aspect of ensuring consistency and confidence in peer supporters so that they can operate effectively and seamlessly throughout the wildland fire community. Training is not a one-time occurrence. Initial training should focus on skill development in communication, active listening, and problem assessment. Continuing training is necessary to enhance problem-solving skills, provide a venue for group sharing of lessons learned, and refresh CISM personnel on their skills, and introduce new concepts. The development of specific training needs in association with the defined roles of each Critical Incident Peer Support Group member, Peer Support Group Leader, and CISM Coordinator is an essential element of the training program.


Training and Our Standard of Care

The International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) offers a highly specialized training curriculum most useful for organizations with cultures having a history of mistrust in outside sources for crisis intervention. ICISF training courses are the most recognized by the wildland fire community. ICISF training and use of Peer Supporters has been adopted by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Bureau of Indian Affairs as the official established Standard of Care. The BLM and BIA also have stringent requirements for certification and experience as well as formal ethics, conduct, and confidentiality policies.

Peer Supporters are not to be used as a replacement for a Mental Health Professional and should never function independently. Not following established protocols would put them outside of their scope and boundaries of competence. Trained peer supporters provide short-term, supervised, incident-specific, and strategic crisis intervention services.

Upcoming CISM Training Courses

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Certificate of Specialized Training

ICISF offers a “Certificate of Specialized Training” in CISM, designed to document the completion of a standardized curriculum in crisis intervention. This certificate does not indicate competence in the field, but rather the completion of the curriculum. Read More

Additional Information

International Critical Incident Stress Foundation

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National Alliance on Mental Illness


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Telehealth and On-Line Therapy

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International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

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Other Resources

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline


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Treatment Referral Service


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Veterans Crisis Line


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Find an EMDR Clinician

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