Pandemic Crises As It Affects Schools

Watch the discussion from Wednesday, August 25, 2021 as we spoke with guest speaker & ICISF Faculty Barb Ertl about the “Pandemic Crises As It Affects Schools”.  As schools begin the academic school year, Barb offers tips for all educators and school administrators.

Barbara J. Ertl, MS, LPC, NCC Biography

Barb Ertl is a retired school social worker with 31 years of service. In that capacity, she was responsible for oversight of a Crisis Team that supported 12 school districts, the Student Assistance Program and psychiatric services. In addition, Barb frequently provided CPR/AED and First Aid training to school personnel throughout a tri-county area.

Barb is a Certified Trauma Treatment Specialist and a Fellow of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. She is the senior partner in a private consulting firm that specializes in crisis preparation, response and recovery for schools and other community settings (healthcare, industrial, institutional and governmental).

In addition, Barb maintains a small counseling practice. Additionally, Barb has been an International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) instructor since 1994. She became a faculty member in 1999 when she co-authored the school curriculum. She has taught extensively throughout the United States and five other countries.

Barb currently teaches several ICISF courses. She has 24 years of public safety experience encompassing fire, EMS and law enforcement. Barb is a very proud Marine Corps veteran.

Additional Resources

Join Barb for her upcoming online course, Managing School Crises: From Theory to Application from Oct. 4-17, 2021.  This online course is ​​designed to prepare school administrators and all educators for the inevitable crises that occur within schools and/or that affect those in schools. This training reflects the 3 most common phases of a crisis: pre-crisis planning, acute crisis response and post-crisis activities. Upcoming Online Course:  For other online courses dates, visit our online course page

Barb also offers the Managing School Crises: From Theory to Application course as a live training! Learn more by visiting

Interested in group training for your school or department? Group training is a flexible and cost effective option that can reduce costs and drastically cut time-to-completion for an entire organization, agency or department. Learn more by visiting

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