ICISF Events & Partner Events

LifeNet Volume 25 Issue 1 Now Available!

LifeNetLogoThe first 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. Once logged in, members will see the LifeNet button appear on the menu to the right.

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


World Congress on Stress, Trauma & Coping

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Experience a whole new World Congress with more opportunities to
Engage, Learn, Share.
This theme doesn't just summarize the 13th World Congress on Stress, Trauma and Coping mission and purpose -
It also describes the atmosphere we're striving to create:
an environment where solutions are evolving to deal with the ongoing challenges facing crisis interventionists.

We invite you to share in our efforts to demonstrate the impact that enhanced quality can have on our agencies, organizations, businesses, communities, and our world. We are developing the 2015 World Congress on Stress, Trauma and Coping and are looking specifically for presentations that can integrate the conference theme with one or more of these focus areas:

Emergency Services and Public Safety

Disaster Response

Faith Based Applications

Family, Children and Schools

Healthcare Settings

Industry / Corporate / EAP

Military / Veterans

Research / Innovations

Specialty Populations

Team Development and Sustainability

Call for Presentations opens May 9, 2014!

CISM Response for Civilians - The Columbia Mall Shooting

By Steve Stone

Chief Chaplain, HCDFRS Chaplain Corps
Chief Chaplain, HCVFA
CISM Program Administrator, HCDFRS


On Saturday, January 20, 2014, the Howard County Department of Fire & Rescue Services (Howard County, MD) CISM Team responded to an active shooter incident at The Mall in Columbia, in downtown Columbia, MD. Members of the department’s CISM Team deployed following a shooting inside the mall that left three dead, including the gunman. CISM Program Administrator Chief Chaplain Steve Stone directed the efforts of the CISM Team response and dedicated team members into two areas, covering different populations. One team addressed the needs of shoppers and merchants who were inside the mall during the shooting and who had been evacuated under heavy tactical police escort. This group was transported by bus to a safe holding area at the AMC Movie Theater on the mall property. The second team was on stand-by for first responders near the multi-agency, multi-jurisdiction Fire & Rescue/Law Enforcement command post. Additionally, the second team stood by to assist family members during death notification by law enforcement personnel.

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The teams were deployed and on stand-by for approximately 6 hours and provided interventions to an estimated 50+ people (all non-first responders). The team response was made up of Fire & Rescue Peer Counselors, members of the fire department Chaplain Corps and personnel from the ICISF.

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This response represents the third recent “Active Shooter” response by the HCDFRS CISM Team, which includes responses to the Washington Navy Yard Active Shooter in September 2013, and an October 2013 shooting in Howard County in which a county ambulance was hit by gunfire from a suspect involved in a shootout with county police.


Canadian Critical Incident Stress Foundation 2014 Conference



We are pleased to announce that the Critical Incident Stress Foundation will be hosting the 2014 Canadian Critical Incident Stress Conference April 24th to the 26th at the Sheraton on the falls  in Niagara Falls, Ontario.  This must attend event boasts a line up of diverse speakers addressing key challenges with innovative thinking, new perspectives and real life stories. We are also excited to announce we will be offering approved ICISF training in Individual, Group, & Advanced Crisis Intervention along with Suicide Awareness April 22nd - 23rd, 2014.   This conference will unite hundreds of people from across Canada and internationally with a common interest in the field of CISM.

The CCISF is further pleased to announce that the International Critical Incident Responder Network (ICIRN) biennial Conference will also be held April 22nd and 23rd during this unforgettable week long event .
Training Being Offered
·         Individual Crisis Intervention
·         Group Crisis Intervention
·         Advanced Crisis Intervention
·         1 Day Suicide Awareness
·         1 Day CISD refresher
·         4 day Approved Instructor Group Crisis Intervention
Who should attend?
Attendance is multi-disciplinary, with participants representing the fields of emergency services, peer CISM programs, public safety, mental health, school administration & counselling, medical, military, clergy, security, business and industry, among others.


A Resource for Online Degree Programs

Screen Shot 2014-01-23 at 8.41.20 AMAs many professionals attempt to balance the need or desire to further their education with the ever-growing demands of working full-time in their fields, online education or "distance learning" is an attractive option. It allows students to work from home or office, on their schedules and at their convenience. But with new online programs appearing every day, identifying the right program can be an almost overwhelming task.

It therefore gives the staff of ICISF great pleasure to support AccreditedOnlineColleges.org in their mission to offer, free of charge, a comprehensive database of every online program offered by an accredited educational institutions across a wide range of degree programs.

Elizabeth Turner, contributing writer for the project, says, "With the rise of the Internet, online education has become a more integral part of our higher education system. Many prominent colleges and universities throughout the nation now offer online course options as an element of their curriculum. It is encouraging to see the educational system advancing so quickly, but unfortunately, when students try to research these opportunities, information is fragmented and not easily accessible. Because of this, my team and I have worked to fully research, catalogue, and publish a comprehensive database of every online program offered by an accredited educational institutions across a wide range of degree programs."

AccreditedOnlineColleges.org is sponsored by 185 online colleges, and features both a "Quick Search" by degree level, category and subject, and full search which allows the user to find schools by state, campus setting, degree level, public / private status and school size. The Quick Search identifies a single, sponsored school, and invites the user to contact the school for more information, but there is no obligation to submit contact information in order to use the database via the full search.

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In addition to compiling information about programs across the board, Turner and her team have placed special emphasis on some programs, particularly nursing. Their nursing education resource offers in-depth information on "every nursing program and their specific accreditations from colleges and universities throughout the United States."

"Providing transparency into accreditation provides a student with the assurance that the program selected meets standards required for licensing. For a nurse this is critical in terms of securing a job, as prospective employers evaluate candidates on their education credentials knowing that it is an indication of their knowledge and competency," says Turner.

AccreditedOnlineColleges.org has been recommended as well by California State University, Drake State Technical College, the National Association of Pediatric Nurses, and the Ohio Public Health Association.