Stress & Resilience Series

Working with local first responder agencies and community partners Centerstone and Healthy Communities, IU Columbus Is continuing its workshop series on critical incident stress management debriefing. Intended for first responder, healthcare, and mental health care professionals, these in-person events are free of charge and offer continuing education units for selected professions. Seating is limited and registration is required in order to attend.

Event Information

Assisting Individuals in Crisis & Group Crisis Intervention (Three Day Course)

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, defusings 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 & 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)

Important Facts

Who:  First responder, healthcare, mental healthcare, and education professionals working in South Central Indiana (limit of 30 participants)

When: Monday, March 6th, 2023, Tuesday, March 7th, 2023 and Wednesday March 8th, 2023 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 pm

Where: IUPUC Learning Center, Summerville Room (LC 1400)

Cost: There is no cost for this workshop due to generous underwriting by Centerstone. 

Continuing Education: 27 CEUs from Indiana University for Indiana Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Mental Health Counselors, Addictions Counselors, Psychologists, and Social Workers. In cooperation with University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) Department of Emergency Health Services Professional and Continuing Education (PACE), participants with verified attendance will be awarded general Continuing Education Units (CEUs) on their Certificates of Attendance. Please refer to the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) for more information.

Materials: A printed book will be distributed to each participant.




Barbara J. Ertl, LPC NCC CTSPhoto of Barbara J Ertle

Barb has been an ICISF instructor since 1994 and on the faculty since 1999 having conducted training throughout the United States and internationally.  A very proud Marine Corps veteran, she has 24 years of public safety experience encompassing fire, EMS and law enforcement.  

Barbara also has over 30 years of experience as a school social worker, having served as the director of a multi-district crisis team and providing leadership to an Edinboro, PA school district following a highly publicized school shooting. Barb has also consulted with school districts throughout the United States and Canada on the development of crisis plans and intervention/recovery strategies.

Barb is a Certified Trauma Treatment Specialist and a Fellow of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. She is the senior partner in a private consulting firm specializing in crisis preparation, response and recovery for school,  healthcare, industrial, institutional, and governmental settings.