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.

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2nd Half 2017 Scholarship Awardees


The Academy of Crisis Intervention Scholarship Fund is proud to award these applicants with scholarships for the 2nd Half of 2017. We are excited for them to have the opportunity to attend either one course at a Regional Training or one Online Course.

We are able to provide these scholarships due to the generosity of our members, supporters, and sponsors. If you are interested in donating to the scholarship fund, please visit our “Donate” page for more information.

  • Gabriel Hess

    Gabriel is from Maryland and currently works at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and as a US Army Chaplain candidate with an Airborne Special Operations Unit. He hopes to apply the CISM principles in the short term as a hospital chaplain at a trauma/burn center as well as to his Army Reserve Unit, many of whom are deploying in the near future to different hot zones throughout the world. In a letter of recommendation submitted with Gabriel’s application, the person writing states “Chaplain Hess has been a steadfast, reliable and calming presence in the lives of many patients and their families during his tenure her at [the] Hospital Center, where every day provides multiple opportunities to assist in caring for traumatized people…His non-anxious and compassionate presence has provided a much needed respite for those who are struggling to find their way through very difficult and distressing circumstances.
  • John Hill

    John is from Alabama and currently works as a Flint Hill UMC/Pastor/Law Enforcement Chaplain. He is currently in the process of assisting with the reconstitution of the Alabama CISM Team. He finds the CISM principles to be beneficial in his role as chaplain for the Alexander City Police Department and he says “this training is so vital to the health of our first responders”. In a letter of recommendation submitted with John’s application, the person writing states “Chaplain Hill is a leading force within our department and our community; his desire to address mental health, well being and the ability to handle stress and the aftermath of stress/critical incidents has the potential to be ground breaking for our department and the law enforcement community.
  • Margo Ihde

    Margo is from Texas and currently works at the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office as a Peace Officer/Lieutenant. Margo has over 25 years of experience in Law Enforcement, is an ordained chaplain, and has been a part of the Galveston County CISM Team since January 2017. In a letter of recommendation submitted with Margo’s application, the person writing states “Margo has been instrumental in assisting with our volunteer organization (Galveston County CISM Team)…Margo has a huge passion for helping other first responders…[and] recently assisted another CISM Team in our immediate area with a large LODD Debriefing.
  • Stephen Johnson

    Stephen is from Connecticut and currently works for Trumbull EMS as a Chaplain and EMT. He has found that ICISF CISM skills really do work and helps recipients of interventions on their journey towards peace. In a letter of recommendation submitted with Stephen’s application, the person writing states, “[Stephen] strives not only to be available and a resource to the organizations he formally volunteers for but also offers his assistance to any responder within our area who needs someone to talk to, a friend or help finding a little spiritual guidance…Not only does Stephen meet with emergency crews as a group, but does make himself constantly available to individuals who may need someone to talk to about a critical incident or something affecting them personally.
  • Darin Keuter

    Darin is from Washington and he works as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Chemical Dependency Professional, Mental Health Professional, and Behavioral Health Specialist for the Seattle Indian Health Board. In the short term, Darin wants to increase his knowledge and practical understanding of the debriefing and management process. His long-term goals are to serve his agency, and community, in an ethical, professional manner. In a letter of recommendation submitted with Darin’s application, the person writing states, “The patients we serve often are fighting mental health and substance abuse, and we have incidents that are traumatizing for both patients and staff. Darin has provided critical incident stress management in many of these situations. For Darin to be given this opportunity would assist the Seattle Indian Health Board in carrying out our mission to serve American Indians, Alaska Native’s, and all that come to our clinic.

  • Chris Peppler

    Chris is from Washington and works as the Vice President for People and Culture Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission. As the Vice President, Chris is tasked with overseeing the emotional well being of their staff concerning their interactions with people coming out of homelessness and addiction. It is their desire to provide first class support to their team to ensure long-term health and vocational sustainability. In the long term, Chris hopes to raise awareness for the value of CISM debriefs and first responder self care. In a letter of recommendation submitted with Chris’ application, the person writing states, “Chris is incredibly passionate about caring for hurting staff through the Peer Support Team, having experienced himself the emotional hardships of serving those in homelessness and addiction. I believe in his passion for helping others, his vision for organizational culture change, and his strategic organizational position make Chris a vital member of our Peer Support Team…

  • Laura Potts

    Laura is from Maryland and she works as a 911 Dispatcher for Harford County. They have recently created a Peer Support Team for their coworkers, which has been extremely helpful to their staff and other dispatchers and she hopes that this training will allow her to be able to stand by her coworkers and be the “buoy” that they state they want to be for other staff during their times of need. Over the next few years, Laura wants to be a strong individual to train new peers and dispatchers to allow them to handle the call load and bounce back from any incident that may occur within their agency. In a letter of recommendation submitted with Laura’s application, the person writing states, “[Laura’s] passion [for the Peer Support Team] was evident in her dedication to the employees during the tragic handling of two of our deputies killed in the line of duty on February 10, 2016. During the weeks following the incident, Laura worked tirelessly to make sure that she or a member of her team was available to anyone that needed support…From someone that suffered the emotional affects of this tragic event, I can attest to her dedication to the mission of the Peer Support Team and her efforts helped many people get through a very dark time.

  • Darral Thomason

    Darral is from Florida and works for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission as a Law Enforcement Officer. Darral has seen the immense benefit that CISM has on people going through crisis and wants to continue to be a valued asset to his agency and all of the people in need of support and guidance. His long term goals are to continue to get more training so he can provide services to not only FWCC, but also offer it to other agencies to help others. In a letter of recommendation submitted with Darral’s application, the person writing states, “[Darral’s] dedication to our employees and their families has been exemplary during their time of need. Darral has deployed to various areas of our state to provide services on multiple occasions. Due to his ability to remain calm and work well under pressure, Darral was chosen to be my regional team leader covering seventeen counties…Darral is a patient and compassionate CISM member and an ideal candidate for the 2017 Academy of Crisis Intervention Scholarship Program.

  • Katharine Warf

    Katharine is from Littleton, Colorado and works at Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center and Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children as a Senior Chaplain. She provides impatient care for the NICU, PICU and PEDS Oncology.  On occasion, she has the opportunity to work with teenagers who have attempted suicide providing care for them and their families.  In a letter of recommendation submitted with Katharine’s application, the person writing states, “As a member of my Spiritual Care Department, Katharine provides ongoing support to staff. One of the significant aspects of staff support is the ability to provide CISM debriefs after critical incidents in the hospital…There is a no more deserving candidate than Katharine for the [Academy of Crisis Intervention] scholarship opportunity.

2017 Academy of Crisis Intervention Scholarship

Thank you to everyone that submitted their application and letter of recommendation to the Academy of Crisis Intervention Scholarship Fund for the 2nd half of 2017 Scholarships to be awarded.  Please continue to check back here for information on when the next scholarships will be available.


The Academy of Crisis Intervention Scholarship Fund will assist individuals who are unable to attend ICISF training due to financial constraints, the opportunity to attend either ICISF Regional Trainings or ICISF Online Courses scheduled in the second half of 2017. The scholarship will cover registration costs and course materials (text books) and does not include any travel or lodging expenses for those traveling to attend the selected training.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE is based on financial need and participation in work or volunteer-based Critical Incident Stress Management resources.


The International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) awards scholarships on the basis of a comprehensive process. Areas that are reviewed by the committee include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. Applicant must be involved in an occupation or industry that utilizes the ICISF model of Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM), community service or provider service in an occupational field that utilizes CISM.
  2. One letter of recommendation from an employer or other community member citing the relevance of the ICISF training to the applicant’s employment or volunteer service.
  3. Demonstrated need for financial assistance.

The ICISF applies scholarship funds directly to the selected ICISF training program of the recipient’s choice. Scholarships are awarded at a minimum, twice each year in January and July and may be expanded based upon the financial ability of the Scholarship Fund. The 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.