ICISF utilizes electronic technologies to enable affordable, global access of our education and training outside of the traditional classroom.

  • Online Courses: ICISF course curriculum is delivered during a two week self paced time frame. Discussions, up to dated text and reference materials, videos and scenarios are used to facilitate learning.
  • OnDemand Courses: Previously recorded presentations to be viewed at your own pace. Videos and readings are featured in specialty modules based on content.
  • Certification in CISM: The world’s first university-based certification in the field of CISM and psychological crisis is offered through the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) Department of Emergency Health Services in partnership with the UMBC Training Centers. Get more details

Read on below for more details on Online Courses, OnDemand Courses, and current offerings of each.


Online Courses

OnDemand Courses

Scheduled, two-week course (see below for upcoming scheduled courses) Self-paced, 1-2 hour courses (see below for available courses)
We currently offer two Online Courses:

  • CISM: A Practical Review and Update
  • Suicide Awareness: An Introduction for Crisis Responders
Regularly adding new OnDemand courses.
Personalized group instruction and group discussion Self-directed
CEUs available for EAPA/EACC, NAADAC: The Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC), and General CE credits from UMBC Training Centers. Most courses offer CEUs for EAPA/EACC and NAADAC: The Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC). All courses offer General CE credits from UMBC Training Centers.
Must be completed during scheduled course dates. Must be completed within specified time length from registration date (normally 1-2 weeks from date of your registration).


Upcoming Online Courses

CISM: A 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. ICISF has created a thoughtful and stimulating review and update of the field.


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 designed to increase awareness of suicide, and equip participants with information and basic skills to respond to a person considering suicide. This is an online introductory level course recommended for those without formal mental health training.



Available OnDemand Courses

2015 World Congress Bundle. Originally recorded at ICISF 13th World Congress in May 2015.
Hear three General Sessions from ICISF’s 13th World Congress by ICISF co-founders Dr. Jeff Mitchell and Dr. George Everly. Topics cover strategic planning for crisis response, enhancing crisis leadership with resilience, and a discussion of the current state of the CISM field.


Brian Boyle: The Ironheart Story. Originally recorded at ICISF 13th World Congress in May 2015.
Brian Boyle tells a personal and emotional story of his fight back from near death after a horrific automobile accident. He focuses on his experience as a patient who, while in a two-month long medically-induced coma, was unable to move or talk to anyone around him, yet he was able to hear, see and feel pain. Join Brian as we explore the nuances of his hospital experience and answer the questions that will have us reflecting upon our own practice and policies.


Eric Hipple: Real Men Do Cry. Originally recorded at ICISF 13th World Congress in May 2015.
Eric Hipple is a former National Football League (NFL) quarterback. Since his 15-year-old son Jeff’s suicide, Hipple has devoted his life to building awareness and breaking down the stigma surrounding depressive illnesses. Eric chronicles his life as a NFL Quarterback from youth to his current position and his struggle with suicide loss and his own depression. His story is one of hope and recovery and uses education as well a practical advice to help others live and enjoy life again.


The Fort Hood Aftermath: the Fight for Victim Justice from a CISM Perspective. Originally recorded at ICISF 13th World Congress in May 2015.
In the wake of the 1st Fort Hood shooting on 11/5/09 in which 13 people were murdered and 31 others wounded, lies a trail of broken promises and political correctness that still revictimizes those involved. Sgt. Kimberly Munley, who took down the shooter while being shot herself tells how these factors impacted her and her ongoing fight for victim justice.


Learning From the Past to Inform the Present and Prepare For the Future. Originally recorded at ICISF 13th World Congress in May 2015.
The use of a self-assessment tool to capture our own continued learning from any response we provide, helps us to identify our need for self-care and can help to build our resilience and to transfer lessons learned from one environment to another to enhance the quality of response provided to people rendered vulnerable as the result of a crisis situation.


Check back as we are adding new OnDemand courses regularly!