For 2024, we're offering the following Critical Incident Stress Management Classes
You'll choose ONE from these offerings (course descriptions below):
*1. Emotional and Spiritual Care in Disasters
*2. Group Crisis Intervention
February 16-17, 2024 (Friday/Saturday) - You must attend all hours, both days, to get a certificate.
Friday - 9:30am - 6pm (lunch provided)
Saturday - 8am to 2:30pm (lunch provided)
Baptist Building, 10 Remington Drive, Little Rock, AR
Driving Directions to the Baptist Building (PDF file)
$60 for members of ABSC churches, $105 for others. Registration is required - see below.
1. Course Description: Emotional and Spiritual Care in Disasters - Instructor: Greg Young
(NOTE: This course is beneficial for MANY different folks (see below), but 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 course is designed for trained clergy, chaplains, mental health professionals, and CISM trained crisis responders who desire to enhance their skills in providing Emotional and Spiritual Care to survivors of disaster and trauma. Suggested but not mandatory prerequisites: Individual Crisis Intervention & Peer Support; Group Crisis Intervention; Pastoral Crisis Intervention.
This is a 14 contact hour, two-day course.
Attendees must be present for the entire course to receive a certificate of attendance.
2. Course Description: Group Crisis Intervention - Sterling Claypoole
Designed to present the core elements of a comprehensive, systematic and multi-component crisis intervention curriculum, the Group Crisis Intervention course will prepare participants to understand a wide range of crisis intervention services. Fundamentals of Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) will be outlined and participants will leave with the knowledge and tools to provide several group crisis interventions, specifically demobilizations, defusings and the Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD). The need for appropriate follow-up services and referrals when necessary will also be discussed.
This course offers core knowledge for anyone involved in Peer Support and crisis intervention. This includes people in the fields of Emergency Services, Public Safety, Law Enforcement, Military, Disaster Response, Education, Employee Assistance, Healthcare, Homeland Security, Mental Health, Spiritual Care, and Business & Industry.
Students will be able to:
- Describe the Resiliency Model
- Describe a critical incident
- Identify priority goals in Group Crisis Intervention
- Define key crisis intervention terms and concepts
- List the principles of crisis intervention
- List the 8 steps of crisis intervention recommended by Dr. A. Roberts.
- Outline the Critical Incident Stress Management program
- Describe the difference between CISM and CISD
This is a 14 contact hour, two day course.
Attendees must be present for the entire course to receive a certificate.
Register using this link. You can pay by credit card or e-check.