International Strategic Partners

CIMA - Crisis Intervention and Management Australasia

CIMA assists personnel and agencies with knowledge and skill development, programme implementation and contemporary developments in the areas of crisis intervention, trauma exposure and disaster recovery.  Our members come from professions and organisations within emergency services, health, public and mental health, ambulance, corrective services, the defence forces, industry, mines, disaster support agencies, welfare, rehabilitation, and aviation.  CIMA is a not for profit Australasian organisation encompassing Australia and New Zealand.

Mission:  CIMA provides education, consultancy and assistance to response personnel and agencies in the continuum of care related to crisis intervention, traumatic exposure and disaster recovery.


ICISF-Canada supports the development and maintenance of peer support programs for public safety personnel. It empowers organizations in the establishment of such programs using the “peer led, peer driven” approach. From recruitment of effective peers, to providing training and resources to ensure the proper and efficient delivery of peer support. ICISF-Canada supports the independent management of CISM Peer support teams throughout Canada.

The European Critical Incident Stress Management Network

On June 23, 2021 the European Critical Incident Stress Management Network (E-CISM) was registered as a non-profit association in Switzerland and its Board appointed.

National Strategic Partners

100 Club of Arizona

The 100 Club supports all city, county, state, federal and tribal public safety agencies, fire services, probation, corrections, parole and law enforcement departments who provide for the safety of the citizens of Arizona.

1st Responder Conferences

1st Responder Conferences is committed to the emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being of the public safety work force and work with leaders in the public safety profession to make this possible.  We recognize that first responders are our greatest asset and we feel it is our responsibility to create a climate that supports good health and resiliency.

We are dedicated to promoting awareness at our conferences surrounding the difficulties of the profession and inspiring conversations that minimize the stigma associated with the stresses our first responder’s experience. We provide education, mental health tools and resources for agencies, individuals, and family members.  Our mission is to improve the quality of life for all who dedicate themselves to protecting and serving others.

Ashes to A.R.T.

Ashes2A.R.T. was the brain child of Captain Buck Best with the Behavioral Health Department of Fairfax County. Captain Best serendipitously crossed paths with artist Kathy Sullivan (MAAT) who created a platform specifically providing the creative arts as a preventative wellness initiative for first responders.

Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists (ATSS)

The Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists (ATSS) is the cutting edge in providing the highest certification levels for clinical and non-clinical professionals.  It holds federally-recognized credentials in trauma treatment, trauma support services, crisis and stabilization management, safety protocols, and care coordination in aiding those exposed to natural and man-made traumatic events.

All courses offered by ICISF meet partial requirements for individuals seeking certification from the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists (ATSS) as a Certified Trauma Specialist (CTS), Certified Trauma Responder (CTR), and/or Certified Trauma Services Specialist (CTSS) designation. ATSS offers board certification to qualified individuals who provide services, intervention, and treatment in the field of traumatic stress. Those seeking certification from ATSS must present evidence of attendance for specific courses.

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.

First H.E.L.P.

It is the mission of First H.E.L.P. to reduce mental health stigma through education, advocate for benefits for those suffering from post-traumatic stress, acknowledge the service and sacrifice and support the families of first responders we lost to suicide, assist first responders in their search for healing, lead policy makers and legislators toward necessary change, and to bring awareness to suicide and mental health issues within public safety.

Lighthouse Health & Wellness

First and foremost, Lighthouse Health & Wellness seeks to ensure that every public safety agency in the nation is able to provide its employees and families with confidential and anonymous access to health and wellness resources. Second, they want to foster the discovery, development, and distribution of health and wellness tools, information, and initiatives that address the unique challenges faced by first responders and those who support them.

PTSD911: A Documentary Film

Emergency first responders are suffering from post-traumatic stress in record numbers, 
but they are often afraid of losing their job if they ask for help; this must change.

PTSD911 is a documentary film about real people: normal, average human beings who have chosen to work in professions that require above average heroism, fortitude, and resolve. These men and women have jobs that require a willingness to face things that most of us can’t even imagine, yet maintain a high level of dignity and professionalism.  First responders in fact repeatedly see and experience things that most of us will never see, causing compound issues related to post-traumatic stress injuries and disorders.

PTSD911 is produced and directed by Conrad Weaver, winner of a 2020 TIVA-DC Peer Gold Award for his 2018 film, Heroin’s Grip. Conrad also received a 2015 Mid-America Regional EMMY® award for his 2014 documentary, The Great American Wheat Harvest.

Public Safety Peer Support Association

Ethically and responsibly develop and implement Peer Support programs and standards to enhance the training, education and support systems of public safety agencies.

Public safety members and first responders are facing challenges today as never before. The toll of the job is exacting and goes far beyond the physical demands. Productive members are being lost to their agencies because of the unseen effects of the job. The PSPSA was founded upon the unshakeable belief that there is help available in the form of peer supporters.

PSPSA members have received training to deal with personal issues arising from critical incidents. They are ready to help their sisters and brothers face these issues and walk the path to wholeness together.

PSPSA was founded in 2016 as a 501(c)(3) organization.

The Counseling Team

The Counseling Team International provides exceptional counseling, training, critical incident intervention, psychological testing, and support to emergency service and public safety personnel and their families nationwide.

Our mental health professionals and support staff operate as a team and are dedicated to serving those who serve. Our staff strives to be acknowledged as outstanding leaders by their peers. Our clients’ well being is our greatest concern. We honor their trust and confidence.

The Dewey Center For Chaplaincy

The mission of the Dewey Center for Chaplaincy at Charleston Southern University is to be the premier center for chaplaincy resources and training. The Dewey Center enhances chaplaincy ministry skills through education and training, and provides the world with competent, confident, courageous, and compassionate servant leaders. The Center offers training for volunteer chaplains, as well as professional development opportunities for chaplains in the marketplace, military, medical, and crisis response fields.

University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) Department of Emergency Health Services Professional and Continuing Education (PACE)

In cooperation with University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) Department of Emergency Health Services Professional and Continuing Education (PACE), ICISF offers non-profession specific Continuing Education.

Warrior's Rest Foundation

Warrior’s Rest Foundation is a resource for law enforcement and first responder personnel, departments and communities across the U.S.  They believe in first responders, and they see first-hand the long-term effects of chronic and unmitigated stress, trauma, critical incidents and loss, which often result in addiction, suicide, and broken families.  Their mission is to help first responders understand they are not alone and there is a way back to themselves.

The Warriors Rest Foundation accomplishes this by using peer support / crisis intervention techniques.  They train peer support teams by using Critical Incident Stress Management / ICISF Approved instructors that go beyond the crisis intervention training and mentor teams on how to perform these techniques in a very difficult environment. 

Warrior’s Rest Foundation’s mission is to equip peer support teams not only with the crisis intervention techniques but also provide education content to empower the teams to initiate conversations within their respective agencies and departments that will minimize the impact of a tremendously difficult career field.  They accomplish this by connecting with partners that are liked minded in mission and passion.  

Like-Minded Organizations

DanSun Photo Art

Daniel Sundahl takes real photos of first responders, critical incidents and more and transforms them into powerful artwork.  DanSun creates “vibrant and authentic images that are a result of his experiences.”  To view his artwork, visit

Figley Institute

The Figley Institute recognizes the following ICISF courses towards its Field and Certified Traumatologist designations:

Group Crisis Intervention

Advanced Group Crisis Intervention

Psychotraumatology for Clinicians

CISM Application with Children

**Applicants also need to document 100 hours of direct practice and 20 hours of supervision under a Certified Traumatologist or equivalent. 

Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS)

The Maryland Emergency Medical Services (EMS) System is a coordinated statewide network that includes volunteer and career EMS clinicians, medical and nursing personnel, communications, transportation systems, trauma and specialty care centers and emergency departments.  The Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS) oversees and coordinates all components of the statewide EMS system in accordance with Maryland statute and regulation.

Maryland Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD)

Maryland Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) is an umbrella organization made up of diverse disaster response agencies that includes faith-based organizations, non-governmental organizations (NG0), local non-profit agencies and government partners (state, county, municipal). Many of our faith-based and NGO members also represent their national organizations while serving with us.

Michigan Crisis Response Association, Inc. (MCRA)

The Michigan Crisis Response Association (MCRA) is a cooperative effort of crisis response teams throughout the State of Michigan.  There are approximately 56 registered teams in Michigan whose membership is comprised of individuals from law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services, hospital staff, clergy, educators, and mental health professionals.

Social Workers Across Borders Limited (SWAB)

Social Workers Across Borders Limited (SWAB) is a humanitarian care organization registered in Hong Kong. We share the belief of Borderless Love to Serve All by providing psychosocial services for people in need and victims suffering from disasters and crisis.  To learn more, visit