CPC350 - Advanced Critical Incident Stress Management

Date & Location:

Date: May 30 - May 31, 2014
Time: 8:30am - 5:30pm both days
Location: Regent University, Robertson Hall, Room 116

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Open to the Public with Registration

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  Workshop Professional and Continuing Education Certificate and CE Hours


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$198 CE Hours: 14

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Presentation Description:


Suicide is a significant problem for military personnel, law enforcement, first responders, and American youth. Why do people kill themselves? How do I ask someone if they are feeling suicidal? What do I do if they say they ARE suicidal? How do I deal with the strong emotions suicide generates? This course will provide answers for these and other questions many of crisis interventionists have about suicide. It will provide participants with basic information about suicide as well as help participants develop practical skills for prevention, intervention, and postvention. Small group role plays will allow participants to apply the suggested techniques as they are learned.

Participants will receive the ICISF workbook and certificate for the class. This course is designed for anyone who desires to increase their knowledge about suicide. Those working in Crisis or Disaster Response, Emergency Services, Law Enforcement, Schools, Homeland Security, Mental Health, Military, Spiritual Care, Health Care, Business & Industry, and Traumatic Stress are encouraged to attend.

Target Audience:

Mental Health Professionals, Crisis Responders, Police, Fire, Law Enforcement, Dispatchers, Military, Clergy, Chaplins, Disaster Responders, Employee Assistance Programs, and School Personnel



Workshop Objectives:

The overall objective of this course is to create competent crisis responders who have a basic understanding of suicide and develop the practical skills necessary for prevention, intervention, and postvention.

Learning Objectives:

The ICISF Suicide: Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention course is designed to help participants:

  1. Define terms used to discuss suicide.
  2. Describe key issues and findings of evidence-based and evidence-informed practice as it relates to suicide.
  3. Define and explain the nature of critical incident stress management and its role in suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention.
  4. List the common psychological and behavioral crisis reactions, including empirically-derived predictors of posttraumatic stress disorder and the relation to suicidality.
  5. Explain how the SAFER-Revised model may be altered for suicide intervention.
  6. Practice the SAFER-Revised model altered for suicide.
  7. Describe the importance of Suicide Prevention.
  8. Describe and practice the procedures for conducting a Suicide Assessment.
  9. Describe and practice the procedures for conducting Suicide Intervention.
  10. Describe and practice the procedures for Suicide Postvention.

Relevant References:

  • Clark, D., Thompson, D., & Welzant, V. (2nd Ed). (2007). Suicide: Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention. Ellicott City, MD: International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.

  • Everly, Jr., G. (2006). Assisting individuals in crisis, (4th ed.). Ellicott City,.MD: International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.

  • Everly, Jr., G. & Lating, J. (1995). Psychotraumatology: Key papers and core concepts in post-traumatic stress. NY: Plenum Press.

  • Ferrada-Noli, M., Asberg, M., Ormstad, K., Lundin, T., & Sundbom, E. (1998). Suicidal behavior after severe trauma. Part 1: PTSD diagnoses, psychiatric comorbidity, and assessments of suicidal behavior. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 11, 103-112.

  • Flannery, R.B., Jr. (1994). Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: The victim’s guide to healing and recovery. New York: Crossroad Press.

  • Nye, E., & Bell, J. (2007). Specific symptoms predict suicidal ideation in Vietnam Combat Veterans with chronic post-traumatic stress disorder. Military Medicine, 172, 1144-1147.

  • Peruzzi, N., & Bongar, B. (1999). Assessing risk for completed suicide in patients with major depression: Psychologists' views of critical factors. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. 30, 576-580.

  • Shneidman, E. (1993). Suicide as psychache: A clinical approach to to self-destructive behavior. Northvale, NJ: Jason Aronson.

  • Tarrier, N., & Gregg, L. (2004). Suicide risk in civilian PTSD patients Predictors of suicidal ideation, planning and attempts. Soc Psychiatry Epidemiology, 39, 655-661.

  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2005). Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System. Archived at http://cdc.gov/ncipc/wisqars

  • U.S. Public Health Service, The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Suicide. Washington, DC: 1999.

  • Waldrop, A., Hanson, R., Resnick, H.., Kilpatrick, D., Naugle, A., & Saunders, B. (2007). Risk factors for suicidal behavior among a national sample of adolescents: Implications for prevention. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 20, 869-879.



Day 1

8:00 AM – Registration
8:30 AM – Introduction, Course Training Goals, Objectives
9:00 AM – NYPD Video and Discussion
9:35 AM – Break
9:45 AM – Beliefs Exercise
10:15 AM – Suicide Terms, Definitions, Stats, Scope of the Problem
10:55 AM – Break
11:00 AM – Myths, Prevention Introduction, Model Programs
11:30 AM– LASD Video and Discussion
12:00 PM – Lunch (on your own)
1:30 PM – Risk Factors, Motivators, Verbal Cues, Covert Signs
1:45 PM – Prevention Summary
2:00 PM – Special Populations
2:30 PM – Break
2:40 PM – Special Populations Continued, Prime Time Live Video and Discussion
3:30 PM – Break
3:40 PM – SAFER-R, Questions, and Loss
4:00 PM – Role Play #1 – Focus on Asking the Question
5:00 PM – Adjourn

Day 2

8:00 AM – Sign In
8:15 AM – Questions from Day 1
8:30 AM – Review and Questions, Communication, Strong Emotions, Cognitive Sets
9:00 AM – Do’s and Don’ts, Major Predictors, Balance
9:30 AM – Break
9:40 AM – AID LIFE, Problem Solving, Referral Exercise
10:15 AM – Role Play – Focus on Problem Solving and Referrals
11:00 AM – Break
11:05 AM – Suicide Survivors Introduction and Video
12:00 PM – Lunch (on your own)
1:30 PM – Grief Reactions and Helping Survivors
2:00 PM – CISM Review, 10 Core Elements
2:30 PM – Break
2:40 PM – Postvention Exercise, CISM Applications
3:40 PM – Break
3:50 PM – Brief Back
4:15 PM – LODD vs Suicide, Self-Care
4:30 PM – Complete Evaluations and Certificate Distribution
5:00 PM – Adjourn

CISM Presenter:

Dr. Sherry Todd

Dr. Todd holds numerous certifications in the area of crisis intervention. She has 20 years in the mental health field providing crisis intervention to a variety of diverse groups. Dr. Todd has worked as a State Certified Mental Health Pre-screener and has years of suicide assessment and intervention experience. She has been providing Crisis Intervention education and training for the past 12 years. This course can only be taught by "Approved Instructors" through the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF). Dr. Todd is an approved instructor for eight ICISF courses.

Sherry M. Todd, PhD, LPC, ATR-BC, CTS, TFTdx earned her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision at Old Dominion University and her MS in Art Therapy from Eastern Virginia Medical School. Dr. Todd is an Assistant Professor at Regent University, a Premier Speaker with the National Center for Crisis Management, and the Clinical Co-Director of the Tidewater Emergency Medical Services' (TEMS) Critical Incident Stress Management Team. She received the 2011 Golden Starfish Outstanding Service Award and the 2009 Making a Difference Award from TEMS, and the 2008 recipient of the Chi Sigma Iota National Outstanding Supervisor / Practitioner Award, and the 1994 Paul Fink, MD Outstanding Art Therapist Award. Sherry has been an adjunct professor at Old Dominion University and Eastern Virginia Medical School. She is an approved instructor for eight International Critical Incident Stress Foundation CISM courses. Sherry serves on two advisory boards and a certification committee, volunteers with the State and Tidewater EMS CISM Teams and the Virginia Beach Medical Reserves Corp.


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Professional and Continuing Education:

Regent University, School of Psychology and Counseling, is an NBCC-Approved Professional and Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program (Provider #4446). Regent University, School of Psychology of Counseling is also approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Regent University, School of Psychology of Counseling maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

This event meets or exceeds the requirements of continuing education for counselors and for psychologists.

When Professional and Continuing Education hours are purchased, Professional and Continuing Education certificates of completion will be awarded to participants who attend the entire workshop. No partial credits are given.

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School of Psychology & Counseling
Regent University
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