National Teacher Appreciation Week
This week, May 8-12, 2023, we acknowledge and honor teachers, educators and school administrators. The ICISF offers several courses and resources for these professions to assist with maintaining resiliency and managing school crises.
- Assisting Individuals in Crisis & Group Crisis Intervention in Colleges and Universities
- Live Training: May 15 – 17, 2023
- Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) in the College and University Setting
- Refer to Live Training page for more details.
- Resilience Training: Psychological Survival Skills for Before, During and After Crises
- Live Training: June 19 – 20, 2023
- Pandemic Crises As It Affects Schools (CISM Live Series)
- A Counselor’s Response to the Unthinkable (The Marjorie Stoneman Douglas School Shooting)
Handouts & Articles
- How Do College Students Perceive University Crises? Cognitive Processing of Crisis Management
- Fairytales: A Novel Way of Educating Children About Psychological Health
- (PDF) School Shooting Resources from the PAR Foundation
- (PDF) Suicide Awareness & Prevention Resources
- (PDF) Staff Support
- (PDF) Methods to Maintain and Enhance Resilience
- (PDF) Children Stress & COVID
With wars continuing to wage on, along with the turbulence in the world, not only is the active duty soldier’s mental health affected, but their spouse’s and children’s mental health are too. April is the Month of the Military Child in the United States, which gives good reason to pause and reflect on the effects of worldwide conflict on our mental health.
It has been over one year now that the war has raged in Ukraine. The effect on the soldiers’ mental health is dramatic, and as we have learned from the U.S. veterans, there will be lasting issues for those who have participated in the war. Additionally, the refugees will bear the pain of the war as they are displaced and families are ripped apart. Here are some insights to the lingering effects and how we can support those impacted.
Critical incidents affect the long term mental health of those in workplaces with frequent exposure. Here are some ways we can support each other.
As the war in Ukraine continues, the concern for the mental health of the soldiers and the citizens grows. Around the world we see evidence of the scars of battle, not only physical, but emotional as well. One can only imagine the terrors that linger in the minds of those who have faced war head on. Let’s give our attention to those soldiers, and how to understand and support their mental health and battles with PTSD.
- The Inextricable Link Between Military Life and Mental Health Issues
- Awareness of PTSD – photo set, of Israeli leaders and celebrities with wounded veterans, is to generate awareness
- War Leaving Invisible Scars for Ukrainians, Under-Secretary-General Tells Security Council, Noting One Fourth of Population Will Develop Mental-Health Condition
- VOICES: Trying to come home in the dawn of every new year
- Mental health and military Veterans — An invisible battlefront
- Treatment for combat-related PTSD advances with method shown to be fast, effective
- Warrior PATHH Helps Veterans Create a Brighter Tomorrow
- 5 Effective Ways to Support Someone with PTSD
Many people say their mental health dips during the holidays. By being mindful of your emotions, connecting with people, setting boundaries and practicing a healthy lifestyle, you can improve your mood this season. Self-care starts with conscious decision-making, especially during busy holidays. By owning your own experiences, you have the opportunity to engage more meaningfully with those around you, and to let go of traditions that may be too stressful. Create a dialogue with family and friends to communicate what you are thinking and feeling ahead of time, and explore together what can be done differently. This will help you to experience the most peace from the joyful season.
This is the time of year many focus on gratitude and appreciation for the people around us. Family and friends are gathered near and we give thanks for those we love. This month Veterans Day gives us all a chance to recognize military personnel who keep us safe and protected year round. Let’s remember that many of our first responders are veterans as well, and their continued bravery provides security, protection, and peace of mind every day. So let us be thankful for those we may not know personally, but will come to our aid without a second thought, and appreciate the selfless work they do in our communities.
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October 26, 2022
The International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Inc. gains Crisis Response Canines as a National Strategic Partner
Ellicott City, MD – The International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Inc. (ICISF) is excited to announce our strategic partnership with Crisis Response Canines, which provides strength, comfort, and emotional support to individuals, families, communities, and first responders experiencing intense traumatic emotions in the aftermath of critical incidents.
We are pleased to partner with ICISF in our shared goal of caring for our communities impacted by traumatic events.
“We are committed to expanding our national response to provide strength, comfort, and emotional support in the aftermath of critical incidents through our Animal Assisted Crisis Response/CISM model.”
– Andrea Hering, President Crisis Response Canines, John Hunt, Chief Operations Officer, Crisis Response Canines
Richard Barton, ICISF Chief Executive Officer and staff member Michelle Parks recently attended the Crisis Response Canine luncheon last week, where they met many of the staff and crisis canines.
“Our strategic partnership with the Crisis Response Canines is an outstanding addition, especially with their recent work throughout the country. They are passionate about sharing the mission of the ICISF, Inc. and the importance of CISM. We look forward to working with them in the future.“
– Rick Barton, The International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Inc., Chief Executive Officer
Crisis Response Canines Deployments
If you or your organization is interested in a strategic partnership with the ICISF, email Kelly Hall, Business Development Manager, at [email protected] or call (443) 325-5218.
Crisis Response Canines
The mission of Crisis Response Canines is to provide strength, comfort, and emotional support to individuals, families, communities, and first responders experiencing intense traumatic emotions in the aftermath of critical incidents.
The International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Inc.
The mission of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Inc. is to be the leader in providing education, training, consultation, and support services in comprehensive crisis intervention and disaster behavioral health services to emergency responders, and other professions, organizations and communities worldwide.