May 9, 2023

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.

ICISF Courses


  • The Resilient Child: Seven Essential Lessons and Practical Tips for Building Happiness, Success, and Social Intelligence; By: George S. Everly, Jr., PhD, ABPP, CCISM
  • Supporting a Grieving Workforce; By: Beth L. Hewett, PhD, CT, CCISM, CEOLS, Richard Ottenstein, PhD, CEAP, CTS


Handouts & Articles

April 18, 2023

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.

Stress seen as major cause of Indian military fratricides, suicides

The Military Mental Health Crisis Hiding in Plain Sight

Female Soldiers Twice as Likely to Be Diagnosed with Mental Health Conditions in Theater Than Males, Study Finds

Counseling Military, Vets and Families: Get the Skills You Need

Military Spouses’ Needs, Hardships Are Focus of New Initiative

State Rep. Dale Zorn proposes help for military kids under ‘Purple Star’ program

Cohen Veterans Network Reveals #MightyMilitaryKids Events and Resources for April’s Month of the Military Child


March 21, 2023

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.


The mental health first aiders fighting back in Ukraine

Two decades on, trauma from America’s war continues to haunt Iraqis

The silent toll of war: Ukraine’s growing mental health crisis

‘We bottled it up’: Marine veteran reflects on mental toll of Iraq War 20 years later

All Asylum Seekers Need Access to Mental Health Care

Rebuilding futures: How UNHCR is empowering Syrian refugees through mental health support

January 23, 2023

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.


December 19, 2022

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.

Three Ways to Approach the Holidays with Meaning and Mindfulness

What Does It Mean to Be a Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness Practitioner?

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Holiday stress and mindfulness

Staying mindful of mental health during the holidays

Holidays passing you by? Follow these tips to help you slow down this holiday season

10 self-care activities that help reduce stress—and cost little to no money

How Self-Care Will Make Your Holidays Feel Better

If You Are Grieving This Holiday Season, These Self-Care Tips Can Help

November 15, 2022

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.

Shields & Stripes helps improve mental health for Veterans, first responders

Young Airman helps to destigmatize mental health

One Marine’s Mental Health Mission

Lowcountry native creates nonprofit for female veterans with mental health struggles

National First Responders Day 2022: History, Significance and Celebrations

Helping the helpers – giving first responders tools they need to cope with tragedy

Painesville First Responder PTSD Memorial honors local heroes, starts dialogue on mental health


October 26, 2022


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

To learn more about our strategic partners, visit our website.  You can also stay up to date with all strategic partnership news on our Strategic Partner Content page.

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.