Education & Training Programs

The ICISF offers high-quality courses in comprehensive crisis intervention and disaster behavioral health. You may use these courses to fulfill program requirements for ICISF’s Certificate of Specialized Training and Continuing Education may be available.

Where To Start

ICISF offers core and specialty courses in Critical Incident Stress Management.  You receive a Certificate of Attendance with the name and contact hours of the course when it has been completed.  We do not offer a certificate that specifically states you are CISD/CISM trained.

We recommend that everyone start with our core courses, Assisting Individuals in Crisis and Group Crisis Intervention.  These courses walk you through the various CISM techniques, when and how to use each one, and include group exercises to practice the skills you'll need.


Take Core Courses Through Our Remote Learning Programs

The ICISF is offering Assisting Individuals in Crisis & Group Crisis Intervention as part of our Remote Learning Programs!  These learning platforms offer a great learning experience right from the comfort of your home!

We've outlined some helpful information for you to make the best decision on how to attend these courses virtually.


Assisting Individuals in Crisis & Group Crisis Intervention

Live Training

  • Individuals can attend the combined 3-day Assisting Individuals in Crisis & Group Crisis Intervention courses via Zoom technology
    • All course dates/times are EST (Eastern Standard Time)
    • Individuals must attend all sessions
  • Live Training courses include the content and exercises for both courses
  • Individuals are able to download the e-version of each course book
  • Individuals will be able to interact with the instructor and join in breakout sessions

    Online Courses

    • Individuals have 30 days from their registration date to complete each online course
    • Individuals can move through the course at their own pace
    • Individuals are able to download the e-version of each online course book
    • These courses are asynchronous, meaning there is no instructor
      • Only the content portion is available via our Asynchronous online courses.  Individuals will have to attend the exercise portion of these courses at a later date

    Remote Learning Programs


    The ICISF offers a variety of remote learning options to meet your education and training needs.

    ICISF offers cohort and asynchronous online courses, which include content and rich media, interactive activities and an opportunity to engage with other students throughout the online course.
    Join ICISF Faculty as they present live training.  Each course includes content of traditional in-person classroom training via Zoom technology.

    We have customized some of our group training courses to be offered virtually in real-time through our Speakers Bureau Program.

    Custom Presentations and keynotes are also available virtually.

    Traditional Classroom Learning

    This format provides participants with a dynamic, hands-on learning experience. Individuals or groups from the same organization are provided with the tools needed to translate directly to performance in the field.

    Come to Us!
    A variety of courses are taught by our renowned faculty at our Regional Trainings and World Congress. Participants have the opportunity to attend multiple courses and network with CISM practitioners from around the world.

    Approved Instructor Training In Your Area

    The ICISF has over a thousand field instructors who have completed ICISF Approved Instructor Programs and may offer ICISF courses in their community.  ICISF Approved Instructors are individuals that are trained to teach specific ICISF courses.  View upcoming Approved Instructor trainings in your area on our event calendar.


    Training in Your Area
    Training Event Calendar

    Interested in Becoming an Approved Instructor?

    Learn more about our upcoming Approved Instructor Candidate Programs dates and locations, their descriptions, prerequisites, and frequently asked questions.


    Become an Approved Instructor

    We come to you!
    ICISF's Speakers Bureau will reduce expenses with group training as a flexible option for your organization. Courses can be customized to fit your specific needs, and participants can practice skills exactly how they will be needed on the job. Additionally, ICISF can customize the content and length of our programs for keynotes or other presentations to suit your needs.

    Certification in CISM


    Certification in CISM: The CCISM Certification, offered by UMBC‘s Department of Emergency Health Services through its Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) program, is the world’s first university-based certification in the field of Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) and psychological crisis intervention.