2020 CISM - Critical Incident Stress Management Training

2020 CISM - Critical Incident Stress Management Training
This event was rescheduled FROM April 24-25 TO August 7-8. 2020. If you previously registered for that event, you are automatically registered for this event unless you desire to drop. We will be in touch with you.

If you are ready to register, read on! Registration Below. 

We're offering TWO different Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) courses, both certified by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.  Sharpen your skills in helping those who are in crisis.

Dates: August 7-8, 2020 (Friday/Saturday) - You must attend all hours, both days, to get a certificate
Times: Friday - 9:30am - 6pm (lunch provided);  Saturday - 8am to 2:30pm (lunch provided)
Location:  Baptist Building, 10 Remington Drive, Little Rock, AR 

Choose from either: 

1. Emotional and Spiritual Care in Disasters - Instructor: Greg Young

(NOTE: For those aiming to become an Arkansas Baptist Disaster Relief Chaplain, this is the CISM course you want to take. For more information on other pre-requisites about DR Chaplaincy, contact Keturah Quimby.)  The purpose of this course is to enhance the skills of clergy, chaplains, mental health professionals, and trained crisis responders to provide effective emotional and spiritual care to meet the disaster related needs of disaster responders and disaster affected families and individuals within disaster operations by integrating CISM principles, interventions, and practical care. Upon completion of this course the participant will be able to:

  • Articulate the role of the ES (Emotional and Spiritual) caregiver from one’s own faith tradition and the elements of ESC (Emotional and Spiritual Care) provided in a pluralistic disaster environment,
  • Clearly define the role and function of the ES caregiver within the Incident Command System and disaster relief operation,
  • Identify the physical, psychological, emotional, interpersonal and spiritual impact of disasters,
  • Provide emotional and spiritual care to disaster survivors, first responders, and relief workers through a multifaceted range of ESC interventions,
  • Assess one’s own suitability to provide ESC within the trauma and disaster context, and
  • Identify a personal self-care plan for maintaining one’s own emotional, physical, and spiritual health during deployment.

This is a 13 contact hour, two-day course.

Attendees must be present for the entire course to receive a certificate of attendance.

2. Individual Crisis Intervention and Peer Support - Instructor: Sterling Claypoole

This is the best “first” CISM course to take, but you can take the other course above without having this one as a pre-requisite.  (Note: If you are aiming to become an Arkansas Baptist Disaster Relief Chaplain, sign up for course #1 above).  Crisis intervention is NOT psychotherapy, but rather a specialized acute emergency mental health intervention which requires specialized training. As physical first aid is to surgery, crisis intervention is to psychotherapy. Most crisis intervention is done individually, one-to-one.  This course is designed to teach participants the fundamentals and protocols for individual intervention.

This is a 13 contact hour, two-day class.

Attendees must be present for the entire course to receive a certificate of attendance.

Cost includes lunch both days and all materials. 

 $50 for members of ABSC churches
 $95 for all others


Two ways to register (remember - if you are aiming to be an ABSC Disaster Relief chaplain, take the Emotional and Spiritual Care in Disasters course): 

1) Use our online registration with credit card:  
     --For Members of ABSC Churches -
register HERE
     --All others - register HERE

2) Download and mail in a paper registration with your check, using this form

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