June 7-8, 2018.

Taylor Funeral Home Reception Room, 524 Davis Drive, Newmarket, ON

$250 per person.  

Please contact us for pricing for groups of 4 or more.

Course Description:
Knowing what sequence of crisis intervention processes to use for which individuals or groups, at what times, and under what circumstances is crucial to all effective early intervention programs. The course will present essential information for the assessment of both crisis situations and the effects of critical incidents on people involved in those situations. Learn to create an effective plan of action to assist those in crisis and complete a series of exercises designed to sharpen assessment and crisis planning skills. Strategic planning and tactical decision making are emphasized, as are rationales for choosing one set of crisis intervention processes over another.

This course builds confidence that crisis interventionists will make the right choices of interventions for the populations they are assisting under specific circumstances. This course requires previous training and experience. ICISF’s “Group Crisis Intervention” and “Assisting Individuals in Crisis” (formerly Individual Crisis Intervention and Peer Support) should be viewed as prerequisites.

Program Highlights:

  • Strategic planning as it applies to crisis intervention
  • National Incident Management System and crisis intervention
  • Elements of Effective Planning
  • Steps in Developing the Plan
  • Planning process in assessing target populations
  • Determining the type, timing and resources necessary
  • Assisting large numbers of people involved in a crisis
  • The most important crisis intervention tactics
  • Managing a complicated or large scale crisis event

Completion of “Strategic Response to Crisis” and receipt of a certificate indicating full attendance (14 Contact Hours) qualifies as a class in ICISF’s Certificate of Specialized Training Program.

Instructor: Brian Bennett

Brian Bennett, a Registered Massage Therapist from Markham, was formerly employed for 17 months as a medical venue manager for the Toronto2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, in this position he coordinated development of a mental health program for the first time in Pan/Parapan Am Games history, and managed 8 sport venues, 3 satellite accommodation clinics, assisted the Emergency Manager in the coordination of medical services for spectators across the Games, and managed all medical for the opening/closing ceremonies for the Parapan Am Games. In September 2017 Brian was the medical co-lead for all cycling events at the Invictus Games. Most recently Brian was employed by the GoldCoast Games organising committee, as Venue Medical Manager for the Commonwealth Games. As part of this role he developed and presented a Medical Staff Support (CISM) Program to 50 Fulltime medical staff/managers at the Games. This program was in place to support over 1400 medical volunteers for the duration of the Games.
He has been a volunteer and paid ski patroller with the Canadian Ski Patrol (for 27 years), and a member of their CISM team (11 years) being presented with several awards for his dedication to CISM with the Patrol. In 2016 he became the National CISM Coordinator for the Canadian Ski Patrol with approxamitly 5000 members. Brian volunteered for the Canadian Red Cross during the Ft McMurray fire disaster working as a Safety & Wellbeing Responder/Supervisor providing psycho-social support to residents displaced by fires and residing in Edmonton. He has trained in firefighting becoming NFPA 1001 FF1 and FF2 certified.
Brian has been an ICISF approved crisis intervention instructor since 2009 teaching Group Crisis Intervention, Assisting Individuals in Crisis, Strategic Response to Crisis, Advanced Assisting Individuals in Crisis, Advanced Group Crisis Intervention, and an approved instructor for the R2MR Road to Mental Readiness program from the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs and the Mental Health Commision Canada. Brian teaches locally in Toronto as well as across Canada. He has presented "International Multisport Games and the Provision of CISM, Past, Present, and Future" at the "ICISF World Congress on Stress, Trauma, and Coping" In Baltimore Maryland, the Pan/Parapan Am medical conference prior to the Games in Toronto,  to sports medicine physicians during the CASEM endurance medicine course at Ironman Muskoka, and at the PRO Parks and Recreation Ontario Aquatics conference. Brian regularly volunteers his time to teach CISM courses for the "CCISF" Canadian Critical Incident Stress Foundation's national conferences, and for the YORK CISM team.
Brian strives to make each class a true learning experience, tailoring each course to the particular needs of the group. He develops scenarios that relate to the students backgrounds, and makes use of video roll plays to increase learning and skill development. 

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Instructor: Steven Horner

Steve is a member of York Regional Police with 25 years of policing experience. His work in critical incident stress management started in 1996 and he joined the York Region CISM Team in 1997. Steve delivers a rich training experience through personal experiences and multi-media presentations as well as role-play exercises tailored to the unique composition of every class.