ehs-logoThe University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) Department of Emergency Health Services in partnership with the UMBC Training Centers is now offering certification in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM). This is the world’s first university-based certification in the field of CISM and psychological crisis intervention.

The goal of the certification is to foster improved knowledge about crisis intervention and disaster response from the CISM perspective. In doing so, it is hoped that research and practice shall be enhanced. The certification is exam-based, delivered online and using an open-book format. ICISF approved instructors may want to be among the first to earn the UMBC Certification.

Details are available at

The first step to prepare for the certification exam is to take two core ICISF courses, Assisting Individuals in Crisis and Group Crisis Intervention.

The authors of those two courses, Dr. George Everly and Dr. Jeffrey Mitchell, have created a manual to help people prepare for the exam. CISM: A Study Guide is a knowledge review manual and specifically helps people prepare for the UMBC CISM Certification Exam.

CISM: A Study Guide is available for purchase for $55.00 USD by contacting the ICISF at This manual is available regardless of whether or not the purchaser intends to seek certification.

Questions about the exam should be directed to

Inquiries about CISM: A Study Guide and an order form to purchase should be directed to the ICISF by emailing

LifeNet Volume 26 Issue 2 is Now Available!

LifeNetLogoThe second issue of the 2015 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) 750-9600.

NEW Online Course! Suicide Awareness: An Introduction for Crisis Responders

Victor_picPresented By: Victor Welzant, Psy.D

Registration for the course is now closed, but we plan to offer another session this Fall.

The ICISF is pleased to announce a two-week on-line course starting June 15, 2015. This course is already part of the array of ICISF courses offered at Regional Trainings. Now, you can take this course from the convenience of your home, from work or the location of your choice.

The course is designed to increase awareness of suicide, and equip participants with information and basic skills to response to a person considering suicide. Discussions, demonstrations, and scenarios are used to facilitate learning via modules designed for this new method of delivering this important training. This is an entry-level course suitable for anyone, especially people without formal mental health training.

Suicide Awareness: An Introduction for Crisis Responders is offered at a special introductory price of $125 for ICISF members. The price for non-members is $150.

The digital classroom for this course is provided by UMBC Training Centers. Participants will receive a certificate of completion and CEU credit.

Questions may be directed to Michelle Parks.

World Congress Begins May 11!

The ICISF’s 13th World Congress on Stress, Trauma & Coping offers you a great experience May 11-16, 2015 at the Renaissance Hotel in Baltimore. The program includes interesting presentations, and many opportunities for you to engage, learn and share. Those words perfectly describe the World Congress because you will find colleagues with mutual interests, and various forums for learning. By now I expect that you have registered, although we still welcome people who arrive and want to register. On-line advanced registration is closed.

Your planning and management of the experience is enhanced by on-line information and an ICISF World Congress app. Details about gaining access to both is included on page 7 of the program book. Look for us on Facebook and Twitter and additional information is at your fingertips when you connect with the World Congress logo at the top left corner of this page.
In addition to numerous presentations, there are many activities that facilitate informal interaction with participants, offering those valuable periods of sharing between colleagues.  We also plan to introduce some exciting updates and products. For example, the new 5th Edition student manuals Assisting Individuals in Crisis and Group Crisis Intervention will be available for purchase.
The World Congress places you in the position to reap those benefits. The rest is up to you to engage, learn and share. The ICISF staff and volunteers will be there to help you gain the best possible experience.

As Baltimore Recovers, the World Congress Moves Forward


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The ICISF offers our encouragement to the honest citizens and businesses of Baltimore, Maryland who have suffered as a result of the unrest the past few days. The ICISF’s 13th World Congress on Stress, Trauma & Coping remains on schedule for May 11-16, 2015 at the Renaissance Hotel in Baltimore. We anticipate the complete restoration of order during the next several days and the World Congress shall move forward offering the full schedule of activities. Maintaining our schedule with the World Congress is the best possible way to support our friends in Baltimore. We will certainly continue to monitor current events and work cooperatively with local authorities.

The traumatic incidents of late April in Baltimore present an example of the continuing need for critical incident stress management. Coming together to engage, learn and share offers the correct response to critical incident stress. More than ever, we welcome you to become a part of the solution to create a better future. We look forward to hosting your visit as both an enjoyable and rewarding experience.