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Available On Campus

New Section
May 30 - 31, 2014

8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (Each Day)

CE Hours = 14
CEUs = 1.4

Registration Price:
Professionals - $198
Regent - $170

This certificate is available for continuing education units (CEUs) and is not available for academic credit.

CPC350 - Advanced Critical Incident Stress Management


advanced stress manage suicide prevention image - man on edge of cliff lookigndown head in hands May 30 - May 31, 2014

The Advanced CISM course is designed for participants who have already been trained in the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation's Group CISM. The Advanced course will teach enhanced skills of debriefing and defusing with special circumstances such as line of duty death, multiple incidents, and suicide of a colleague. Building on the skills taught in basic Group Crisis Intervention, this course offer participants training in enhanced group process and intervention provision to emergency response professions, various organizations, and communities worldwide.

Certificate Available | 14 CEs

Workshop Description:

Designed to provide participants with the latest information on critical incident stress management techniques and post-trauma syndromes, the Advanced Group Crisis Intervention builds on the knowledge base which was obtained through the Group Crisis Intervention course and/or in publications. At the conclusion of this course, participants will have been exposed to specific, proven strategies to intervene with those suffering the ill effects of their exposure to trauma. Emphasis will be on advanced defusings and debriefings in complex situations.

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 program includes these topics:

  • Critical incident stress management techniques
  • Post-trauma syndromes

Topic Descriptions:

Critical incident stress management techniques and post-trauma syndromes


Group Crisis Intervention as well as previous training and experience with CISM are prerequisite to this course

Who Should Attend:

Graduate Students in Mental Health Field, Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, First Response Personnel, Marriage and Family counselors, Pastors, Teachers, Nurses



Educational Objectives:

This workshop is designed to help you:

  1. Summarize specific, proven strategies to intervene with those suffering the ill effects of their exposure to trauma;
  2. Apply relevant research findings;
  3. Utilize advanced defusings and debriefings in complex situations;
  4. Use complex group oriented crisis interventions;
  5. Discuss nature and importance of incident assessment;
  6. Demonstrate strategic intervention planning;
  7. Describe concepts of enhanced group processes;
  8. Utilize significantly delayed interventions

Learning Objectives:

The overall objective of this course is to create competent crisis responders through a comprehensive, integrated, multi-component, systemic approach to critical incident stress management.  This course will teach advanced skills of debriefing and defusing with special circumstances such as line of duty death and suicide of a colleague.

  • 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


CE Hours Available = 14

Registration Price for this Workshop:

Professional/General Registration: $198

Current Regent University Students Registration(ID Required at Event): $170


116 Robertson Hall

Program Schedule:



Day 1

8:00 am



8:30 am


Introduction to Course and Participants

9:00 am


Section One: Key Terms and Concepts

9:30 am


Section Two: Principles of Group Process

10:30 am



10:45 am


Section Three: Enhanced Group Process

12:00 pm


LUNCH BREAK (on your own) - Regent Ordinary

2:00 pm


Section Four A: Complicated Interventions

2:30 pm


Section Four B: Multiple Incident CISD

3:00 pm



3:15 pm


Section Four C: Significantly Delayed Interventions

4:30 pm


Wrap up; Review; Q & A

5:00 pm





Day 2

8:00 am


Sign In / Q & A

8:30 am


Section Five: Complicated Interventions

10:00 am



10:15 am


Section Six: Line of Duty Death

11:15 am


Section Seven: CISM & Disasters Introduction

11:45 am


Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm


Section Seven: CISM & Disasters Continued

2:30 pm



3:00 pm


Other Challenging Interventions

4:30 pm


Wrap Up / Q & A / Complete Evaluations

5:00 pm



Relevant References:

  • Everly, G. S., Jr. (4th Ed). (2006). Assisting individuals in crisis. Ellicott City, MD: International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.
  • Flannery, R.B., Jr. (1994). Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: The victim's guide to healing and recovery. New York: Crossroad Press.
  • Friedman, M.J. (1991). Biological approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 4, 67-92.
  • Mitchell, J. T. (4th Ed). (2006). Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM): Group crisis intervention. Ellicott City, MD: International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.
  • Olsen, O., Middleton, P., Ezzo, J., Gotzsche, P.C., Hadhazy, V., Herxheimer, A., Klwijnen, J., and McIntosh, H. (2001). Quality of Cochrane reviews: Assessment of sample form 1998. British Medical Journal, 323, 829-832.
  • Solomon, S.D., Gerrity, E.T., & Muff, A.M. (1992). Efficacy of treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder: An empirical review. Journal of the American Medical Association, 268, 633-638.

Sherry M. Todd, PhD, LPC, ATR, CTS, CT, BCETS, BCSCR, earned her MS from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Graduate Art Therapy. Her thesis work on loss evidenced statistical significance and she received the Paul Fink, MD Outstanding Art Therapist Award in 1994. Since graduation, her work has created several art therapy positions. Recognizing the link between juvenile crime and trauma, led her to develop/coordinate a Trauma Treatment Track in a non-profit agency and initiate changes to the mental health screening process used by a local juvenile detention center, to include ruling out PTSD.
Dr. Todd has conducted numerous evaluations for the court system and has served as an expert witness. Dr. Todd is employed as a Safe Schools Counselor with Norfolk Public Schools, a 57 school / 37,000 student urban system. Dr. Todd's use of Critical Incidence Stress Management techniques during crises facilitated the training of all the NPS Crisis Responders in CISM and led to the development of the District Wide Crisis Team. She is part of a team that presents a suicide prevention/screening program to 9th graders, the team was recognized by the Surgeon General in 2001.
Dr. Todd works with staff, parents and students to recognize trauma and its impact on learning. Dr. Todd has over a decade of crisis intervention, trauma evaluation/treatment, and risk of lethality assessment experience. She has presented at National and International Conferences. She is an approved trainer for several ICISF CISM courses, a FEMA course, and is certified to facilitate several other prevention courses. Dr. Todd has recently established an agency in her brother's name, the E. Kelly Todd Academy of Trauamtology. Dr. Todd is a Diplomate in the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and is available for consultation, training, treatment collaboration, and supervision.