Upcoming Training Opportunities

2-Day Group Crisis Intervention Training

Red Mountain Resort

Rossland, BC

December 5-6, 2019

4300 Red Mountain Rd, Rossland, BC V0G 1Y0

This two-day training will be open to a limited number of participants from outside the resort.    You can learn more about this training by clicking here.  Course fee is $350 per person.  Contact the facilitator for groups of 5 or more.

Please click here to register.

CISM Individual and Group Training

at Blue Mountain Resort – Collingwood, ON

October 4-5-6, 2019.

Offered by Instructor Brian Bennett

Visit CISM Training for details.   You can download the brochure for the course here.

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Express an Interest or Book your 2019-2020 training now!

CISM Training isn’t always easy to find at a convenient location and time.  I’m collecting information from people who are interested in training but may not already be involved with groups who can sponsor a course.   I’m also interested in collaborating with people who want training and are willing to help set up a course in their area.

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Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training

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Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. Although ASIST is widely used by healthcare providers, participants don’t need any formal training to attend the workshop.  This training is open to anyone 16 or older.

Are you interested in the ASIST Course?

Click Here to Express Your Interest in Suicide Intervention Training


What is Critical Incident Stress Management?

A Critical Incident could strike an organization at any time.   A workplace accident might cause a ripple effect of lost productivity across a workplace.  The effective management of a critical incident can mitigate the negative effects for employees and employers.

Critical Incident Stress Management (C.I.S.M.) is a crisis intervention system which contains both strategic and tactical elements designed to mitigate the effects of a critical incident and help speed the healing process.

Thank you North American Palladium.

Despite strong commitments to safety, the mining industry has inherent risks that can expose workers to critical incidents.  This was my second training in this sector and I was impressed as workers, management representatives, and union leaders worked together for the benefit of their employees.  I look forward to more training in this sector in October 2019 in Sudbury, Ontario.

Thank you Deborah MacDonald of the Invisible Wounds Conference for First-Responders.

In conjunction with the local CMHA chapter I had the pleasure of teaching an ASIST course with an exceptional group of people in Walkerton on October 22nd and 23rd.  This is always a rewarding course to teach because the participants are engaged and anxious to learn from each other.


Thank you Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

It was an excellent morning of training  July 12, 2018, with Joddie Walker and the great people from the TRCA.  Stress, Resilience, and Burnout education along with some basics of Decision Making Under Stress.

If you are interested in some customized training, please use the contact form to request more details.

Thank you Muskoka Paramedic Services.

November 20-21, 2017 the ICISF Group Crisis Intervention was hosted by the Muskoka Paramedic Services.  Some great training took place with paramedics and communicators.

This course used new electronic manuals from the ICISF.   Not to worry, printed manuals are still available.

Please use the contact form to request more details or to ask about pricing for training.

Did We Meet at Workplace Safety North – Health and Safety Conference?

I met a lot of great people at the MINING 2017 Health and Safety Conference.  If we talked about your training needs and you are looking for more information, click here to let me know.  I’ll be sure to get back to you soon.

Lots of people asked about the video from New Hope Group Peer Support Program.  It’s a peer support program in action in the mining industry in Australia.  To see that video, click here.



Thank you Vale.

November 17-18-19, 2016, in Sudbury, Ontario was great learning for members of the mining, policing, and paramedic communities.  The experience in the room from the various industries contributed greatly to the class atmosphere.  If you are interested in hosting similar training, contact Steve for full details and pricing.

This 3-day course combines the learning from the two foundation courses, Assisting Individuals in Crisis and Group Crisis Intervention.  This learning will be of benefit to any organization wanting to establish or maintain a peer support program and save a day of valuable staff time.

The three days are intensive and successful participants will receive certificates for both Assisting Individuals in Crisis and Group Crisis Intervention.  The course requires 27 contact hours with the instructor over the three days.

Please read the official course description on the ICISF Website:  www.icisf.org

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



Strategically, C.I.S.M. is a comprehensive, integrated, multi-component crisis intervention system for managing traumatic events within organizations or communities.

Tactically, C.I.S.M. includes numerous interventions including pre-incident education and preparation, assessment/strategic planning, individual crisis intervention, informational group interventions, interactive group interventions, family support, organizational/community consultations, pastoral crisis intervention, and referrals to other resources if necessary.

Under the umbrella of a comprehensive plan, C.I.S.M. helps people hurt by a tragedy get back to their normal as quickly as possible.

Many C.I.S.M. services are provided within hours or days of a critical incident by well trained peer support personnel and/or mental health professionals.

C.I.S.M. is not psychotherapy, nor a substitute for psychotherapy. Rather, C.I.S.M. services and psychotherapy are different points on a broad continuum of care. C.I.S.M. may help speed recovery and mitigate the need for further advanced counselling or therapy.  If further assistance is required to help someone heal, C.I.S.M. will not replace that therapy.

The governing body is the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF).   More detailed information is available at www.icisf.org