Changing, Improving…

“To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” – Winston Churchill

ICISF FINAL LOGOIf you pay close attention, and if you are reading this you likely are curious, you will notice bold and subtle changes in the ICISF. This new website offers an example, along with the new logo, a new product line of merchandise, a renewed emphasis on membership, and the shift of the World Congress from February to May.

Several other items of news shall come forward in the coming weeks. The changes are part of an overall strategic approach to management that was outlined in the LifeNet article written by CEO Rick Barton last winter. The strength of the plan generates from many years of excellent ICISF work building a Foundation of excellent courses, faculty and instructors around the world.

In the coming weeks you will see new endeavors in updating the “products” with new editions of courses and manuals, new methods of delivery including eBooks and digital communication, and expanded marketing to help instructors and to help people connect with the ICISF.

Change requires analysis and adjustment, revisiting the results followed by more analysis and adjustment. Thoughtful change requires much reflection and hard work. You are worth this effort, so please have patience while we explore new ideas and implement updates and new features. Many of the items described above are works-in-progress, so your feedback is needed and your support is essential.

We invite you to join with us during these exciting times to help make the changes a success as we build an ICISF that will continue to serve people around the world for many years into the future.

Resiliency At Its Best – Featured in LifeNet

By Mindy Albright, CCRC – ICISF Member and Approved Instructor

April 15th 2013 was a day I will never forget. I was in Boston teaching at Regis College, a sunny spring day and our class was going well until phones started resounding alerts, mine included. Something horrible had happened.

It was 2:49 pm, two pressure cooker bombs hidden in backpacks exploded within 13 seconds of each other, sending shrapnel tearing through the packed crowd near the Boston Marathon’s finish line on Boylston Street.

Immediately two of the students in the class informed me they were members of the Boston Crisis Response Team and placed a call to inform their team that my partner and I were available to assist.

The only information we had at that time was, two bombs had gone off and many were injured. The final impact of the crisis was four dead, sixteen limbs lost, and 264 injured. Although, that does not account for those with unseen wounds. As we are all aware this event will never be erased from the minds and hearts of those present that day.

As we entered the bomb site, our intent to be available to assist many of the runners and first responders that were in the Boylston Street area was our first priority. Chaos was still present, though the emergent situation of the day had calmed a bit…

This is an excerpt from “Resiliency At Its Best,” just one of many articles by CISM providers and professionals featured in LifeNet, our quarterly member newsletter. “Resiliency At Its Best” was featured in our latest issue, Volume 25, #2. To receive LifeNet, and many other significant benefits, please consider becoming a member of ICISF. The support of our members is crucial to our continued ability to provide quality educational opportunities in the field of CISM.

LifeNet Volume 25 Issue 2 Now Available!

LifeNetLogoThe second 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.

The New – It’s Alive!

cardiac-monitorAs you explore the new website you will encounter a transition not quite complete. And we consider that appropriate. In some cases, we’re still refining some pieces of the old site, prior to moving them to the new. In other cases, we’re developing new content that will change week by week. A modern website is a living document, always growing. That is our vision for the new The work continues to create an advanced website that serves your needs as a member, student, instructor or someone who seeks to follow the ICISF. Please stay on board as we bring new features. Please call us or send an email if you have difficulty finding what you need.

This change parallels the transition of the entire ICISF. Those adjustments include three broad categories; updating our products including courses and written materials, implementing new delivery methods such as electronic books and on-line services, and expanded marketing and communication about those services.

The best way to join us in this journey is to become a member of the ICISF. You will receive valuable information, benefits from an increasing array of discounts and gifts, and will support the future of the ICISF. You will also soon see an introduction of apparel that features the new logo.

Please monitor this website for announcements, and also sign up for our email distributions so that you may remain current.

13th World Congress Call for Presentations Ends Soon!

Don’t miss out! The 13th World Congress Call for Presentations is ending June 20th, 2014. We encourage all members of the CISM community to submit proposals for presentations and workshops on any and all topics relating to CISM. We have openings for sessions from 30-40 minutes up to seven hours. Presenters gain significant exposure to a sizable audience of crisis interventionists from around the world. Presenters are highlighted before, during and after the World Congress, through websites, brochures and publications, including the World Congress Proceedings. In addition, presenters qualify for a 50% discount on purchase of our Standard or Premium Electronic Proceedings, and, for certain presentations, for complimentary registrations. Details are available on our FAQ page.

If you have a colleague or professional associate who has experience or expertise that would be of interest, please encourage them to submit. The World Congress is all about sharing our experiences with each other. Clicking the 13th World Congress logo at the top left of our site will lead you to the latest information about this exciting event.