LifeNet Volume 25 Issue 3 is Now Available!

LifeNetLogoThe third issue of the 2014 series of LifeNet, the ICISF newsletter, is now available to members here on the ICISF website.

LifeNet is an exclusive benefit to members of ICISF. To access this latest issue, you will need the login provided to members by ICISF in the recent LifeNet publication announcement email. To log in, go to the Resources tab, then go to Membersip and click on “LOGIN.”  Once logged in, click on the LifeNet button under the Login button.

If you are a member and need assistance accessing LifeNet, or would like a printed copy mailed to you, please contact Michelle Parks at or by phone at (410) 750-960z0.

Announcing Online Member Registration


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ICISF is pleased to announce the go-live of online membership registration and renewal via our website. Powered by SubscriptionDNA, our new database engine provides each member with a unique website login, and introduces the following features:

  • Self service password changes - once your account is established, you can change your own password at any time. If you have forgotten your password, you can use the…
  • Forgot password link – we all have too many passwords to keep track of these days. If you forget your ICISF member password, don’t worry, our system will send it to the member email address on file.
  • Personal info updates - at any time, members will be able to change their listed address, phone numbers, email address, job title or company affiliation, as well as payment information.
  • Secure online payment – with a credit card, and you can store card information to allow for…
  • Auto-renewal with credit card – all transactions will be processed using Your credit card information will be encrypted and protected. No ICISF staff will have access to your credit information.
  • Self-service new member signup - paper membership forms, stamps and envelopes are a thing of the past. If you want to become an ICISF member, all you have to do is visit our website and sign up! Note: If you have been a member in the past, but your membership has lapsed, you will need to register as a new member. As a cost-saving measure, we didn’t import inactive memberships into our new database.
  • Access to exclusive member content – including LifeNet and a developing library of CISM-related articles.

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ISTSS presents Responding to Trauma webinar

The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies will present the webinar “Responding to Trauma: Intervening Early with Children and Families” next month, presented by Dr. Steven Marans, MSW, PhD, Harris Professor of Child Psychiatry and Professor of Psychiatry, at the Child Study Center and Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine.

From the ISTSS website:

“This webinar will describe the Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI), an evidence-based early intervention for children ages 7-18 years of age that was developed at the Yale Child Study Center for implementation in the days/weeks following a potentially traumatic event. A family strengthening model, CFTSI has been proven to be effective in reducing early post-traumatic stress symptoms; decreasing the likelihood of traumatized children developing long-term post-traumatic psychiatric disorders; and identifying children who need longer-term mental health care. The webinar will describe: the phenomena of trauma and trauma symptoms (including initial responses and longer-term consequences); the CFTSI model, an innovative, brief early intervention which helps to prevent PTSD; the CFTSI model’s implementation in real-life settings where traumatized children are served.”

Registration fees for the webinar vary from $30 – $85, and include a discount for ISTSS members and options for purchase of a recording of the session and issuance of Continuing Education credits.

Dr. Marans, a child and adult psychoanalyst, is co-developer of the CFTSI model. He is also director of the Childhood Violent Trauma Center. He recently served on the US Attorney General’s National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence.

Additional information and online registration are available here.

Were You a Part of the September 11th Recovery Effort? Preserve Your Rights!

Featured at the Fire Engineering web site this week is New York State’s effort to ensure that all those who participated in rescue, recover and clean-up of the World Trade Center attacks maintain their rights to worker’s compensation. If you participated in this effort as late as September 12, 2012, you should file a form WTC-12 with the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board by 9/11/2014. Fire Engineering urges providers to preserve their right to future benefits, and says that most people are eligible. For more information, see the article at Fire Engineering, or contact the NYSWCB via one of the links below.

26th Annual Michigan Crisis Response Association Training Conference

mcra-logo The 26th Annual MCRA Training Conference is being held September 21-23, 2014 at the Kettunen Center in Tustin, MI, and presents opportunities for CISM training by ICISF Approved Instructors.

The conference offers a three-day course (Individual Crisis Intervention and Peer Support & Group Crisis Intervention) or the attendee’s choice of a two-day course combined with a one-day course.

Two-day courses are:

  • Strategic Response to Crisis
  • Law Enforcement Perspectives for CISM Enhancement
  • Stress Management for the Trauma Provider

One-day courses are:

  • Suicide Awareness: An Introduction for Crisis Responders
  • Two the Rescue: Life Saving Training
  • CISM in the Workplace

Registration is open now, and lowest rates are available on or before August 29, 2014.

The attached brochure offers complete details, or visit the MCRS online at for the latest information.