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Jun. 6, 2023 | CHH Foundation, St. Mary's Foundation
by Bradley Burck

Assisting Individuals in Crisis & Group Crisis Intervention Course

A 3-day Course in Assisting Individuals in Crisis and Group Crisis Intervention

Stress Training

Assisting Individuals in Crisis and Group Crisis Intervention

A course offered by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation

Hosts: Mountain Health Network, Mountain Health Network Foundations, and the St. Mary’s Department of Spiritual Care

Course: Assisting Individuals in Crisis and Group Crisis Intervention
Date: October 4-6, 2023
Time: 8:00am – 4:30pm
Location: Cabell-Huntington Health Department – 703 7th Ave, Huntington, WV 25701
Registration Deadline: Sunday, September 17, 2023

Course Description:

This 3-day course combines ALL of the content of ICISF’s Assisting Individuals in Crisis & Group Crisis Intervention courses.

Crisis Intervention is NOT psychotherapy; rather, it is a specialized acute emergency mental health intervention which requires specialized training. As physical first aid is to surgery, crisis intervention is to psychotherapy. Thus, crisis intervention is sometimes called “emotional first aid”. Designed to present the core elements of a comprehensive, systematic and multi-component crisis intervention curriculum, this course will prepare participants to understand a wide range of crisis intervention services for both the individual and for groups. Fundamentals of Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) will be outlined and participants will leave with the knowledge and tools to provide several group crisis interventions, specifically demobilizations, defusing’s and the Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD). The need for appropriate follow-up services and referrals when necessary will also be discussed.

This course is designed for anyone in the fields of Business and Industry Crisis Intervention, Disaster Response, Education, Emergency Services, Employee Assistance, Healthcare, Homeland Security, Mental Health, Military, Spiritual Care, and Traumatic Stress.

Program Highlights:

• Psychological crisis and psychological crisis intervention
• Resistance, resiliency, recovery continuum
• Critical incident stress management
• Evidence-based practice
• Basic crisis communication techniques
• Common psychological and behavioral crisis reactions
• Putative and empirically-derived mechanisms
• SAFER-Revised model
• Suicide intervention
• Relevant research findings
• Large group crisis interventions
• Small group crisis interventions
• Adverse outcome associated with crisis intervention
• Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD)

Continuing Education Information: Three-Day Course
General Contact Hours: 27 Contact Hours: 2.7 General CEUs from University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) Department of Emergency Health Services Professional and Continuing Education (PACE)

*Based on a formula of 1 Continuing Education Unit for every 10 contact/classroom hours. Must be present all three days to receive educational credit.

Speaker: Peter Volkmann, MSW

Peter Volkmann, MSW graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Mercy College and received his Masters in Social Work from Fordham University.  Peter is a faculty member for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) in Ellicott City, MD in which he received the 2017 recipient of the ICISF Lifetime Achievement Award for his accomplishments in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) internationally. Because of his vast experience in the different rescue fields and the social work profession, Peter is utilized as a crisis interventionist and trainer for rescue departments, government municipalities, schools, and corporate organizations around the United States who have experienced traumatic events. He assisted in the development of the Uniform Service Program for PTSD at Brattleboro Retreat in Vermont.  Peter has been featured as an expert on stress for Dateline (NBC), Discovery Channel, MSNBC, and Law Enforcement Television Network (LETN).  He is featured in the documentary “Uprooting Addictions” and featured in “Rethinking How We Police Addiction”.  Peter developed “Law Enforcement Perspectives Course for CISM Enhancement” which is an approved course of ICISF. He has trained and assisted the startup of numerous critical incident response teams throughout the United States.  Peter developed through the University of Albany School of Public Health “ASAP-Active Shooter Action Program” designed for schools, businesses, and communities.  He has also written a children’s book “The Story of Luvee Bunny” to inspire hope in recovery from mental illness and substance use disorder.

Peter retired as a police officer and an emergency medical technician with the Town of Ossining, New York Police Department. His career began in 1984 and he received numerous citations and lifesaving awards.  Upon retirement, Peter moved to Stuyvesant and continued his career in serving Columbia County community.  He considers his greatest law enforcement accomplishment being a first responder on 9-11-01 to the World Trade Center Disaster.

Program Cost: $125 per person
Cost Includes: Program speaker, materials, continental breakfast and lunch each day.