Prerequisite: Group Crisis Intervention

This training program is designed to provide participants with the latest information on CISM techniques and post-trauma syndromes. This program builds upon and broadens the knowledge base obtained through the Group Crisis Intervention Course. The course does not provide basic CISD instruction, but rather addresses advanced concepts in CISD and CISM. Special emphasis is placed upon troubleshooting difficult and complex situations. At the conclusion of this program, the participants will have been exposed to specific, proven strategies to intervene with those suffering the ill effects of their exposure to trauma. The emphasis is on advanced defusings and debriefings in complex situations.


Target audience

This course is designed for EAP, human resources and public safety personnel, mental health professionals, chaplains, emergency medical services providers, firefighters, physicians, police officers, nurses, dispatchers, airline personnel and disaster workers who are already trained in the critical incident stress debriefing format. It will also be useful for those working extensively with traumatized victims for various walks of life.

This course requires previous training and experience. “Group Crisis Intervention” should be viewed as a prerequisite.

This two-day course is 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day; 14 contact hours


Program Highlights

  • Relevant research findings
  • Managing complex group oriented crisis interventions
  • Nature and importance of incident assessment
  • Strategic intervention planning
  • Comprehensive, integrated, systematic and multi-component CISM
  • Concepts of enhanced group processes
  • Significantly delayed interventions
  • “Multiple incident CISD”
  • Suicide of a colleague
  • Small group crisis support sessions after a disaster


Learning Objectives

Upon completion, participants will be able to:
1. Discuss the pathological consequences of traumatic stress
2. Understand the theoretical basis for CISM and research evidence regarding CISM
3. Conduct a CISD

Completion of “Advanced Group Crisis Intervention” and receipt of a certificate indicating full attendance (14 Contact Hours) qualifies as a class in ICISF’s Certificate of Specialized Training Program.


For more information, call 832.851.6450 or email