The International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Inc. (ICISF) is “Helping Save the Heroes” by providing pre-incident education to address the mental health concerns of those who respond to disaster and crises. ICISF aims to promote and maintain standards in the specific field of crisis intervention. ICISF’s Academy of Crisis Intervention is in the forefront of delivering quality Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) training through a variety of educational opportunities geared specifically towards the individuals and communities we serve.
CISM is designed to help individuals deal with the effects of a traumatic event or critical incident. Perhaps the most recognized element of CISM is known as the Debriefing – a structured on-site group intervention that occurs shortly after the event. Debriefings, led by ICISF trained persons utilizing a peer to peer technique, provide individuals an opportunity to discuss their feelings and thoughts about a distressing event in a controlled and healthy manner. Participants learn about stress reactions and symptoms, and acquire additional skills and resources that can help them with the healing process.
Always in the forefront of delivering quality CISM training, ICISF has recognized a need, and has established The Academy of Crisis Intervention Scholarship Fund for full and/or partial scholarships to assist individuals who are unable to attend ICISF training due to financial constraints.
We are able to provide these scholarships due to the generosity of our members, supporters, and sponsors.
The International Critical Incident Stress Foundation is a 501 (c)3 not for profit organization and all donations are tax deductible as allowed by law. Consult with your tax advisor for more information.
If you would like to make a donation to the Academy of Crisis Intervention Scholarship Fund, click on the button below:
The Academy of Crisis Intervention Scholarship Fund Application
We have opened up 2018 scholarships for online courses only. Please review the information below as the criteria and application process has changed for 2018.
If you would like information on when the next scholarships will be available or you can sign up for our email updates by clicking on the link.
For the 2018 Academy of Crisis Intervention Scholarship Applications, we have decided to separate Online Course and Regional Training Scholarship Applications.
**PLEASE REVIEW ALL INFORMATION BELOW AS WE HAVE UPDATED BOTH THE APPLICATION PROCESS AND THE CRITERIA NEEDED TO APPLY.**
2018 Online Course Scholarship Application Information:
The International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) is excited to announce a total of eight (8) scholarship opportunities for individuals towards Online Courses throughout 2018.
For this round of scholarships (Deadline to apply is December 11, 2017), we are offering two (2) scholarships for the courses and dates below.
Below is the list of ICISF Online Courses being offered for this scholarship application period:
Online Courses (For 2018):
CISM Practical Review and Update
Staying current with your profession is not only tactically wise, it’s an ethical obligation we have as we touch the lives of others who are in extreme distress. CISM: A Practical Review and Update Online Course intends to instruct people who have taken the core ICISF courses, and are seeking an update. There are no restrictions on who may sign up for the course, although people who are new to CISM should start by taking our in-person core courses, Assisting Individuals in Crisis and Group Crisis Intervention. To learn more about this course (program highlights & continuing education credits offered), visit our course description page.
Date(s): January 15-February 2, 2018
Suicide Awareness: An Introduction for Crisis Responders
The ability to recognize and effectively intervene with suicidal individuals is one of the most challenging aspects of crisis intervention. This course is recommended for those without formal mental health training. The course is designed to increase awareness of suicide, and equip participants with information and basic skills to respond to a person considering suicide. Discussions, demonstrations, and scenarios will be used to facilitate learning. This is an introductory level course. To learn more about this course (program highlights & continuing education credits offered), visit our course description page.
Date(s): January 8-19, 2018
The purpose of the Academy of Crisis Intervention Scholarship Fund is to assist individuals who are unable to attend ICISF training due to financial constraints, the opportunity to attend either an ICISF Regional Training Course or ICISF Online Course scheduled for 2018. The scholarship will only cover registration costs and course materials (textbooks) for one course and does not include any travel or lodging expenses for those traveling to attend the selected training. This scholarship doesn’t include any Approved Instructor Candidate Program courses.
Financial assistance is based on financial need of the applicant, their participation in work or volunteer-based Critical Incident Stress Management resources, and whether the participant has participated in any ICISF courses in the past.
The International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) awards scholarships on the basis of a comprehensive process. Areas that are reviewed by the scholarship committee include, but are not limited to the following:
- Applicant must be an active ICISF member in good standing.
- Applicant must be involved in an occupation or industry that utilizes the ICISF model of Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) or in a community/provider service in an occupational field that utilizes CISM.
- Two Letters of Reference citing relevance of requested ICISF training to the applicant’s employment or volunteer service.
- Financial need of the applicant.
The ICISF applies scholarship funds directly to the selected ICISF training program and/or course of the recipient’s choice. Scholarships are awarded throughout the year and may be expanded based upon the financial ability of the Scholarship Fund. ICISF Scholarships are awarded without regard to race, color, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation. Scholarships awarded are based upon the availability of funds and additional qualifying criteria.
- DEADLINE for scholarship applications is Monday, December 11, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. EST (NO EXCEPTIONS)
Refer to the application process below for a list of the supporting documents needed (i.e., reference letters, etc.). The criteria and application have changed for 2018, so please read all information carefully and refer to our Scholarship FAQ’s section before contacting us with any additional questions.
**Make sure to email us a complete application (including supporting documentation) as incomplete applications will not be considered.**
- If any question does not apply to you in this application please put N/A in the space.
- You will be notified by phone or e-mail in a few weeks after the deadline regarding the status of your application. Please have patience with ICISF as the deadline is close to the holiday season and our office may be closed some days.
- If you have any questions about the scholarship program or application process, please refer to the Scholarship FAQ’s page first, then contact the Scholarship Coordinator, Kelly Hall at: (410) 750-9600, ext. 107 or email email@example.com with any additional questions.
Applicants must meet the criteria before applying for a scholarship:
- Applicant must be an active member in good standing with ICISF (Refer to Scholarship FAQ’s page for further explanation).
- Applicant must be involved in an occupation or industry that utilizes the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation’s model of Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM).
- Applicant must submit two letters of reference along with the application citing the relevance of the ICISF training to the applicant’s employment or volunteer service.
- Applicant must demonstrate a need for financial assistance.
- Applicant must specify ICISF training requested.
Applicant must complete and submit a Scholarship Application and additional documentation by Monday, December 11, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. EST (No Exceptions).
Scholarship applicants must provide the following information:
- Completed application form, (click on the button below to download it and fill it out).
- Two letters of reference from an employer or other community member citing the relevance of the ICISF training to the applicant’s employment or volunteer service.
Deadline for the application and additional documentation is Monday, December 11, 2017 5:00 P.M. EST. Applications postmarked or received after this date will not be considered.
The deadline for this application and additional documentation to be received by the ICISF is:
Monday, December 11, 2017 at 5:00 P.M. EST
Incomplete applications or applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
You will be notified by phone or e-mail in a few weeks after the deadline regarding the status of your application. Please have patience with ICISF as the deadline is close to the holiday season and our office may be closed some days.
Mail or e-mail the application and 2 letters of reference to:
International Critical Incident Stress Foundation
Attention: Scholarship Committee
3290 Pine Orchard Lane, Suite 106
Ellicott City, Maryland 21042
Thank you for your interest in our scholarship program!