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.

Billy Graham Evangelistic Association announces the National Law Enforcement Retreat


ICISF is pleased to announce that the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) is hosting the National Law Enforcement Retreat at the Billy Graham Training Center,“The Cove,” in Asheville, NC, October 13-15 2014.

Jeff W. Naber, Manager of Chaplain Development & Ministry Relations for BGEA, says “We realize there are many programs to help our military warriors with their emotional/spiritual needs once they return from overseas. We also see a great need to provide emotional/spiritual care to law enforcement officers who fight for us in our communities.”

The three-day program includes four workshops: Serving and Protecting Your Family, Spiritual Survival Tactics, Career Development Without Compromise, and Surviving the Attack – Post Traumatic Growth with God. Scheduled speakers include author and minister Dr. Richard Blackaby, Captain Kelly Burke, Tallahassee Police Department (ret), Emergency Response and Logistics Manager for BGEA, and Gino Geraci, Chaplain to Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Department and the FBI.

This retreat is limited to active-duty law enforcement officers and their spouses (if married).

For more information, please visit the retreat website or download the flyer.

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.