Pastoral Crisis Intervention

About CISM Courses
Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) is designed to help first responders deal with trauma one incident at a time, by allowing them to process the incident when it happens without judgment or criticism. The program is peer-driven and the people conducting the interventions may come from all walks of life, but most are first responders (Police, Fire, emergency medical services) or work in the mental health field.

Critical incidents are traumatic events that cause powerful emotional reactions in people who are exposed to those events. The most stressful of these are line of duty deaths, co-worker suicide, multiple event incidents, delayed intervention and multi-casualty incidents. Every profession can list their own worst-case scenarios that can be categorized as critical incidents.

Courses in CISM teach models of intervention, designed to help first responders quickly return to service.


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Pastoral Crisis Intervention           


 Pastoral Crisis Intervention may be thought of as the combination of faith-based resources with traditional techniques of crisis intervention. Pastoral crisis intervention represents a powerful addition to traditional community and organizational psychological support resources. The purpose of this  course is to assist the participants in learning how pastoral interventions and traditional psychological crisis interventions may be effectively integrated. Chaplains, pastoral counselors, mental health professionals, ministers, and anyone interested in the use of faith-based resources in healing should find this course of interest. 

Program Highlights

  • Nature of human crisis
    Nature of crisis intervention
    Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)
    Signs and symptoms of the crisis state
    The “crisis of faith”
    Criteria for psychological triage
    Strategic SAFER-PCI Model
    Common PCI Mistakes
    Challenging PCIs

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Pastoral Crisis Intervention I&II
Pastoral Crisis Intervention may be thought of as the combination of faith-based resources with traditional techniques of crisis intervention. Pastoral crisis intervention represents a powerful addition to traditional community and organizational psychological support resources. The purpose of this course is to assist the participants in learning how pastoral interventions and traditional psychological crisis interventions may be effectively integrated. Chaplains, pastoral counselors, mental health professionals, ministers, and anyone interested in the use of faith-based resources in healing should find this course of interest.   This course builds on the foundations of ICISF’s “Pastoral Crisis Intervention” class. More specific advanced concepts and specific field applications where pastoral crisis intervention is applied will be covered.

 Program Highlights

  • Crisis intervention, CISM and PCI
    Risks and potential adverse reactions
    Advance topics in assessment
    Principals of spiritual first aid
    PCI with those expressing theodolitic concerns
    The incident management system (IMS)
    PCI with those expressing suicidal ideation
    PCI with those in acute bereavement
    Principles of death notification
    Principles and practices associated with self-care

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