Online Course Scholarships

The International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) is excited to announce scholarship opportunities for individuals towards online courses for 2019.

If you would like information on when the next scholarships will be available or you can sign up for our email updates by clicking on the link.

Purpose of the Scholarship Fund

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The purpose of the Academy of Crisis Intervention Scholarship Fund is to assist individuals who have been unable to attend ICISF training due to financial constraints.  This scholarship program provides them with the opportunity to attend one course, if awarded by ICISF Staff, for an upcoming ICISF Regional Training or ICISF Online Course*.  

*The scholarships awarded will only cover registration costs and course materials (textbooks) for the one course awarded and does not include any travel or lodging expenses for those traveling to attend the selected training. This scholarship program doesn’t include any Approved Instructor Candidate Program courses.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is based on financial need of the applicant, their participation in work or volunteer-based Critical Incident Stress Management resources, and whether the participant has participated in any ICISF courses or Approved Instructor courses in the past.  Please make sure to fill out the application in full detail explaining each section.

Scholarship Awards

The International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) awards scholarships on the basis of a comprehensive process.  Areas that are reviewed by our staff include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Applicant must be an active ICISF member in good standing for at least 6 months to a year before applying for a scholarship (Refer to Scholarship FAQ’s page for further explanation). By being a member, you are not only supporting ICISF, but it’s a great way to stay up to date with crisis intervention.  If you are currently not a member, consider joining our organization.
  2. Applicant must be involved in an occupation or industry that utilizes the ICISF model of Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) or in a community/provider service in an occupational field that utilizes CISM.  We will ask on the application about your occupation and whether or not you volunteer.
  3. Two Professional Recommendation Letters citing relevance of requested ICISF training to the applicant’s employment or volunteer service.  These letters must be on company letterhead. Word documents will not be accepted.
  4. Financial need of the applicant.  

The ICISF applies scholarship funds directly to the selected ICISF training program course of the recipient’s choices stated on scholarship application.  Scholarships are awarded throughout the year based on the availability of the funds and additional qualifying criteria.

*ICISF Scholarships are awarded without regard to race, color, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation.


Scholarship Criteria

Applicants must meet the criteria before applying for a scholarship:

  1. Applicant must be an active ICISF member in good standing for at least 6 months to a year before applying for a scholarship.  By being a member, you are not only supporting ICISF, but it’s a great way to stay up to date with crisis intervention.  If you are currently not a member, consider joining our organization. (Refer to Scholarship FAQ’s page for further explanation)
  2. Applicant must be involved in an occupation or industry that utilizes the ICISF model of Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) or in a community/provider service in an occupational field that utilizes CISM.  We will ask on the application about your occupation and whether or not you volunteer.
  3. Applicant must submit Two Professional Recommendation Letters along with application citing the relevance of requested ICISF training to the applicant’s employment or volunteer service.  These letters must be on company letterhead. Word documents will not be accepted.
  4. Applicant must provide reasoning for need for financial assistance on application.
  5. Applicant must specify ICISF training (online/RT), course name, and dates on scholarship application.

Online Courses Available for Scholarships:


CISM Practical Review and Update

Staying current with your profession is not only tactically wise, it’s an ethical obligation we have as we touch the lives of others who are in extreme distress.  CISM: A Practical Review and Update Online Course intends to instruct people who have taken the core ICISF courses, and are seeking an update.  There are no restrictions on who may sign up for the course, although people who are new to CISM should start by taking our in-person core courses, Assisting Individuals in Crisis and Group Crisis Intervention.  To learn more about this course (program highlights & continuing education credits offered), visit our course description page.

Dates: 

  • January 28-February 15, 2019
  • March 25-April 12, 2019
  • June 17-July 5, 2019
  • October 28-November 15, 2019

Managing School Crises: From Theory to Application

Designed to prepare school administrators and all educators for the inevitable crises that occur within schools and/or that effect those in schools, this training reflects the 3 most common phases of a crisis: pre-crisis planning, acute crisis response and post-crisis activities. Special attention is given to the most common pitfalls (those that pose the most threat to school personnel from a liability standpoint) associated with crisis response activities.  To learn more about this course (program highlights & continuing education credits offered), visit our course description page.

Dates:

  • January 7-18, 2019
  • April 1-12, 2019
  • July 15-26, 2019
  • October 21-November 1, 2019

Suicide Awareness: An Introduction for Crisis Responders

The ability to recognize and effectively intervene with suicidal individuals is one of the most challenging aspects of crisis intervention.  This course is recommended for those without formal mental health training.  The course is designed to increase awareness of suicide, and equip participants with information and basic skills to respond to a person considering suicide.  Discussions, demonstrations, and scenarios will be used to facilitate learning.  This is an introductory level course.  To learn more about this course (program highlights & continuing education credits offered), visit our course description page.

Dates:

  • January 7-18, 2019
  • April 8-19, 2019
  • July 8-19, 2019
  • October 7-18, 2019

Law Enforcement Perspectives for CISM Enhancement

Learn to identify, understand, and work with the “Blue Wall of Silence” in the law enforcement community. Designed to provide insight and understanding of the different types of stress in law enforcement culture from a systems perspectives emphasis, this course will provide practical “back pocket skills” in providing crisis intervention services to law enforcement organizations and individual personnel in crisis.The LE Perspectives course is intended for law enforcement officers, their families, mental health professionals, chaplains, and organizations that interact within the law enforcement community. It is an excellent course for CISM teams and team members who would want to enhance their understanding of the differences in the law enforcement culture as compared to other first responder cultures.  To learn more about this course (program highlights & continuing education credits offered), visit our course description page.

Dates: 

  • February 18-March 8, 2019
  • June 3-21, 2019
  • August 26-September 13, 2019
  • November 11-29, 2019

Techniques for Delivering Bad News for Crisis Response Personnel

Whether we are a recipient or a messenger of bad news, it impacts and distresses each of us.  The necessity of delivering upsetting information causes most people distress.  No one likes to be the bearer of bad news.  The difficult task, however, can be made less painful if certain principles and practices are employed.  This one-day course provides the participants with a variety of insights that will help them to organize and deliver disturbing news.  It also provides guidelines for assisting the recipients once the announcement of the information has been made.  To learn more about this course (program highlights & continuing education credits offered), visit our course description page.

Dates:

  • January 7-18, 2019
  • April 29-May 10, 2019
  • July 15-26, 2019
  • September 30-October 11, 2019

Scholarship Application Deadlines

  • Deadlines for the application and all supporting documentation is based on the Online Course & Specific Time Frame in which you are applying for a scholarship. Refer to the quarterly deadline chart below for application submission deadlines.  Applications postmarked or received after the deadline dates indicated will not be considered each quarter.
  • Please Note: The scholarships awarded will only cover registration costs and course materials (textbooks) for the one course awarded and does not include any travel or lodging expenses for those traveling to attend the selected training. This scholarship program doesn’t include any Approved Instructor Candidate Program courses.

You will be notified by phone or e-mail in a few weeks after the deadline regarding the status of your application.  For Regional Training scholarship applications, you will be notified prior to the early bird registration deadline.

Questions?  Please refer to our Scholarship FAQ's page before contacting us.  If you have additional questions, send an email to [email protected].

Important Information

Refer to the application process for a list of the supporting documents needed (i.e., recommendation letters, etc.).  Please review all information carefully and refer to our Scholarship FAQ’s section before contacting us with any additional questions.

  • If any question does not apply to you in this application please put N/A in the space.
  • You will be notified by phone or e-mail in a few weeks after the deadline regarding the status of your application.
  • If you have any questions about the scholarship program or application process, please refer to the Scholarship FAQ’s page first, then contact the Scholarship Coordinator, Kelly Hall at: (410) 750-9600, ext. 107 or email [email protected] with any additional questions.

Application Process

Scholarship applicants must provide the following information:

  • Completed application form (all five pages and the last page must be signed either electronically or physically).
  • Two Professional Recommendation Letters citing relevance of requested ICISF training to the applicant’s employment or volunteer service.  These letters must be on company letterhead. Word documents will not be accepted.
  • (NEW) Include/attach a photo of applicant in email when submitting application to be used for ICISF website (2019 Scholarship Recipients page) and member-only LifeNet articles.  To opt out of this, please check the box on the scholarship application.

Mail or e-mail the application, 2 recommendation letters, and list of three references to:

International Critical Incident Stress Foundation

Attention: Scholarship Department

3290 Pine Orchard Lane, Suite 106

Ellicott City, Maryland 21042

[email protected]

Thank you for your interest in our scholarship program!

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