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All classes are held at the Riverside Police Station located at 10540 Magnolia Ave. Riverside, CA 92505

Grief Following Trauma

COURSE DESCRIPTION: In the course of one’s career, it is inevitable that professionals will encounter traumatic death and loss issues both personally and professionally. Professionals often feel ill prepared to provide effective care throughout the grief process. This course will cover key grief and loss concepts relating to trauma and traumatic death. Participants will increase their knowledge of how trauma impacts the grief process and will gain skills for evaluating and supporting persons who have experienced traumatic death and loss.
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Characteristics of trauma
  • Clinical implications of grief
  • Primary needs of victims
  • What helps and what hurts
  • Types of traumatic events
  • Traumatic grief and grief reactions
  • Death notification
  • Applications of the SAFER model
  • Supporting grieving people
  • Personal self-care plan
Dates: TBA Time: 8:30-5:00
Location: Riverside Police – Magnolia Station 10540 Magnolia Ave Riverside, CA 92505
Cost: $220.00
NOTE: THERE IS A $40 CANCELLATION FEE
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Assisting Individuals in Crisis

COURSE DESCRIPTION
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”.
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Psychological crisis and psychological crisis intervention
  • Resistance, resiliency, recovery continuum
  • Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Basic crisis communication techniques
  • Common psychological and behavioral crisis reactions
  • SAFER-Revised Model
  • Suicide Intervention
  • Risks of “Iatrogenic” harm
  Date: TBA Time: 8:30-5:00
Location: Riverside Police – Magnolia Station 10540 Magnolia Ave Riverside, CA 92505
Cost: $220.00
NOTE: THERE IS A $40 CANCELLATION FEE
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Group Crisis Intervention

COURSE DESCRIPTION
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”. Group Crisis Intervention presents the core elements of a comprehensive, systematic & multi-component crisis intervention curriculum. This course will prepare participants to understand a wide range of crisis intervention services. Fundamentals of Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) will be outlined & participants will leave with the knowledge & tools to provide several group crisis intervention, specifically demobilizations, defusings, & the Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD). The need for appropriate follow-up services & referrals when necessary will also be discussed. These courses are designed for those in the fields of Business & Industry, Disaster Response, Education, Emergency Services, Employee Assistance, Healthcare, Homeland Security, Mental Health, Military, Spiritual Care, and Traumatic Stress.
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Relevant research findings
  • Relevant recommendations for practice
  • Incident assessment
  • Strategic intervention planning
  • “Resistance, resilience, recovery” continuum
  • Large group crisis interventions
  • Small group crisis interventions
  • Adverse outcome associated with crisis intervention
  • Reducing risks
  • Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD)
Date: TBA Time: 8:30-5:00
Location: Riverside Police – Magnolia Station 10540 Magnolia Ave Riverside, CA 92505
Cost: $220.00
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Combined 3-Day Group & Individual Crisis Intervention

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This 3-day course combines ALL the content of Assisting Individuals in Crisis and Group Crisis Intervention courses. 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.
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Resistance, resiliency, recovery continuum.
  • Critical incident stress management.
  • Basic communication techniques.
  • Common psychological and behavioral crisis reactions.
  • SAFER-Revised Model
  • Suicide intervention.
  • Relevant research findings.
  • Large group crisis intervention.
  • Small group crisis intervention.
  • Adverse outcome associated with crisis intervention.
  • Demobilizations, Crisis Management Briefings, and Defusing’s.
  • Critical incident stress debriefing (CISD)
Dates: TBA Time: 8:00-5:00
Location: Riverside Police – Magnolia Station 10540 Magnolia Ave Riverside, CA 92505
Cost: $400.00
NOTE: THERE IS A $60 CANCELLATION FEE
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Pastoral Crisis Intervention 1

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
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 two-day 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
Date: TBA Time: 8:30-5:00
Location: Riverside Police – Magnolia Station 10540 Magnolia Ave Riverside, CA 92505
Cost: $220.00
NOTE: THERE IS A $40 CANCELLATION FEE
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Pastoral Crisis Intervention II

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Pastoral Crisis Intervention may be thought of as the combination of faith-based resources with traditional techniques of crisis intervention. This course builds on the foundations of ICISF’s “Pastoral Crisis Intervention I” class. More specific advanced concepts and specific field applications where pastoral crisis intervention is applied will be covered. This class is not only for Chaplains, pastoral counselors, mental health professionals, ministers, but for anyone interested in the use of faith-based resources in healing should find this course of interest.
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Crisis intervention, CISM & PCI
  • Risks & potential adverse reactions
  • Advance topics in assessment
  • Principals of basic spiritual first aid<\li>
  • 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 notifications
  • Principles & practices associated with self-care
Date: TBA Time: 8:30-5:00
Location: Riverside Police – Magnolia Station 10540 Magnolia Ave Riveside, CA 92505
Cost: $220.00
NOTE: THERE IS A $40 CANCELLATION FEE
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Three-Day Pastoral Crisis Intervention I & II

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This class is able to combine both the Pastoral Crisis Intervention I and II into a 3-day period. The student will receive two (2) Certificates of Completion through the University of Maryland at the end of the training. One for Pastoral Crisis Intervention I and the other for Pastoral Crisis Intervention II.
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
  • Crisis intervention, CISM & PCI
  • Risks & potential adverse reactions
  • Advance topics in assessment
  • Principals of basic 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 notifications
  • Principles & practices associated with self-care
Date: August 5-7, 2022 Time: 8:00-5:00
Location: Riverside Police – Magnolia Station 10540 Magnolia Ave Riverside, CA 92505
Cost: $400.00
NOTE: THERE IS A $60 CANCELLATION FEE
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Strategic Response to Crisis

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 “Individual Crisis Intervention and Peer Support” should be viewed as prerequisites.
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHT:
  • 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
 
Dates: TBA Time: 8:30-5:00
Location: Riverside Police – Magnolia Station 10540 Magnolia Ave Riverside, CA 92505
Cost:$220.00
NOTE: THERE IS A $40 CANCELLATION FEE
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Law Enforcement Perspectives to CISM

  COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Learn to identify, understand & work with the “Blue Wall of Silence” in the law enforcement community. Designed to provide insight & understanding of the different types of stress in the law enforcement culture from a systems perspectives emphasis, and will provide practical “back pocket skills” in providing crisis intervention services to law enforcement organizations & individual personnel in crisis. The Law Enforcement Perspectives course is intended for law enforcement officers, their families, mental health professionals, chaplains, & organizations that interact within the law enforcement community. It is an excellent course for CISM teams & team members who would want to enhance their understanding of the differences in the law enforcement culture as compared to other first responder cultures.
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Community perceptions of the law enforcement profession
  • Differentiated Model of oppression in capitalistic systems
  • System dysfunctions in the law enforcement culture
  • Special considerations when providing CMB group interventions
  • Stress areas of a law enforcement officer in crisis
  • Specific stress areas to law enforcement officer culture
  • Healthy coping mechanisms & resiliency protective factors
  • Interventions to a suicide of a law enforcement officer or a LODD
  • Addictions & CISM response
  • Psychological & emotional perceptions following an officer involved shooting
Date: TBA Time: 8:30-5:00
Location: Riverside Police – Magnolia Station 10540 Magnolia Ave Riverside, CA 92505
Cost: $220.00
NOTE: THERE IS A $40 CANCELLATION FEE
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School of Chaplaincy (5-day)

  COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Chaplaincy is a cutting-edge ministry that allows one to reach out to—not only the faith community but the secular community as well. Though looked upon as spiritual, a chaplain’s primary purpose is secular in nature, for he/she can provide crisis intervention to those who have experienced trauma in their lives. A trained chaplain can provide both emotional and spiritual care to people. Chaplains are not “clergy” with a different title. Some are clergy, but many are simply men and women who have a heart of compassion for the hurting, and who have been trained in how to come alongside those in crisis and help bring some stability to their lives. Chaplains serve those in government (law enforcement, fire, EMS, military, district attorney, prisons, corrections, etc.), as well as those in the community (schools, hospitals, hospices, corporations, churches, etc.). There is not a place on the planet where a chaplain could not be of service to people. Properly trained Chaplains can encourage others while ministering to the whole person, addressing their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Trained and ordained/licensed chaplains can provide crisis intervention, stress management techniques, grief counseling, advocacy, and spiritual care to first responders and the community when necessary.
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:
  • History of Chaplaincy
  • What is a Chaplain
  • Is Chaplaincy Biblical
  • Who can be a Chaplain
  • Types of Chaplains
  • Duties of a Chaplain
  • Difference Between a Chaplain & Clergy
  • What Makes a Good Chaplain
  • Chaplaincy & Government
  • Ethics & Principles of Chaplaincy
  • Privileged Communication & Confidentiality
  • Proselytizing
  • Stress & PTSD
  • Biology of Stress
  • Stress Management Techniques
  • Grief & Loss
  • Introduction to CISM
  • Communication & Active Listening
  • Importance of Nouthetic Counseling
  • Addictions
  • Suicide
  • Death Notifications
  • Domestic Violence
  • Child & Elder Abuse
  • Human Trafficking
  • Self-Care
Dates: TBA Time: 8:30-6:00 Location: Riverside Police – Magnolia Station 10540 Magnolia Ave Riverside, CA 92505
Cost: $450.00
NOTE: THERE IS A $65 CANCELLATION FEE

Ministering to the Suffering (2-day)

  COURSE DESCRIPTION:
When people have suffered trauma and loss, they often feel as if they are all alone in their suffering.  Their world has been turned upside down.  The solid footing they had before the trauma is no longer solid.  Trauma can affect them in many ways—physically, emotionally, cognitively, behaviorally, and spiritually.  The best way to minister to these people is by providing one-on-one emotional and spiritual care.  It is also known as crisis intervention.  The most important thing is that those who provide help and assistance are properly trained so that they do not cause additional harm.
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Definitions
  • Purpose of Intervention
  • Signs & Symptoms of Distress
  • Understanding Resilience
  • Providing Emotional & Spiritual Care
  • Triad of Care
  • Ministry of Silence
  • Active Listening
  • Importance of Assessment
  • Action Techniques Utilized
  • Words can Cause Harm
  • When to Use the Scripture
  • SHIELD Model of Intervention
Dates: February 17-18 Time: 8:30am-5:30pm Location: Riverside Police – Magnolia Station 10540 Magnolia Ave Riverside, CA 92505
Cost: $220.00
NOTE: THERE IS A $65 CANCELLATION FEE
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The Grip of Grief and Trauma (2-day)

  COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Perhaps the greatest mission field of the 21st century is the field of grief and trauma.  Grief is to suffer due to some type of loss.  Often, that loss is caused by a very traumatic event.  A person in trauma often lives with the recurrent, tormenting memories of atrocities witnessed or experienced.  These memories can infect the victim’s sleep with nightmares, destroy their relationships or their capacity to work or study, torment their emotions, rattle their faith, and weaken their hope.  Those who are traumatized want to flee the memory of its occurrence.  Even we who are there to help, as we hear their stories, want to flee also.  The great tension is the futile attempt to forget the unspeakable, though it continues to live on and scream in the mind.  The world is filled with traumatized people who are struggling in and with their grief.
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Trauma & Grief: A Place of Service
  • Causes & Types of Grief
  • Faces of Grief
  • Factors that Help & Hinder the Grief Process
  • Psychology & Physiology of Trauma & Grief
  • The Spiritual Impact of Suffering
  • Death Notifications
  • Assisting People in their Time of Grief
  • SHIELD Model of Intervention
  • The Importance of Self-Care
Dates: TBA Time: 8:30-6:00 Location: Riverside Police – Magnolia Station 10540 Magnolia Ave Riverside, CA 92505
Cost: $220.00
NOTE: THERE IS A $65 CANCELLATION FEE

Crisis of Faith or Cry of Distress (2-day)

  COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Trauma and loss can shape and shatter meaning.  When people encounter trauma, they enter a state of distress and grief.  Often, they want a reason for what happened to us.  They want to know why, so they can once again have a sense of order and predictability about life.  They try to make sense of what seems senseless.   They want to make meaning of that which seems so meaningless.  They cry out to God asking—Why?  They want answers—they expect answers—they plead for answers, but sometimes heaven remains silent.  John the Baptist while in prison needed answers.  He had his disciples ask Jesus—Are you the one?  He was trying to make meaning!  Mary and Martha when their brother Lazarus had died, and Jesus was late getting there or so they thought.  They told Jesus—Had you been here my brother would not have died.  They were trying to make meaning of what had happened!  Many people view God through the lens of loss, grief, and suffering.  They don’t understand why God would allow what happened to happen.  They begin to question His sovereignty, His power, His knowledge, and His love.  Some even begin to question their own faith.  These people could be experiencing what is known as a Crisis of Faith.  Or is it simply a cry of distress?
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Walking Through the Valleys.
  • There is the meaning behind what seems meaningless.
  • What is Faith?
  • Why people ask—Why?
  • Difference between Crisis of Faith & Cry of Distress.
  • Introduction to Theodicy.
  • Learning to Trust God.
  • How to help those struggling with a crisis of faith.
  • The SHIELD model in spiritual intervention.
Dates: TBA Time: 8:30-6:00 Location: Riverside Police – Magnolia Station 10540 Magnolia Ave Riverside, CA 92505
Cost: $220.00
NOTE: THERE IS A $65 CANCELLATION FEE

Proving Self-Care for Others and Ourselves (1-day)

  COURSE DESCRIPTION:
As Chaplains, if we are not careful, can become victims of our own calling.  It is your deep caring nature and heart for others that leads you to serve those in need. To continue to serve others who are in a crisis is a tremendous blessing but can also become a curse if we are not careful.  As we listen to the horrific stories of those who have been traumatized, over time we can become traumatized.  We can experience vicarious trauma, compassion fatigue, and burnout.  Thus, it is imperative that we take care of ourselves physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  For us to keep serving others without losing heart, we must maintain a healthy body, mind, and spirit. We need to build resistance and resilience to be able to stand in the face of chaos and hopelessness. We must always take care of ourselves so that we can continue to take care of others.
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Stress
  • Signs and Symptoms
  • Compassion Fatigue
  • Burnout
  • Resilience
  • Elements to Coping with Stress
  • Stress Management Techniques
Dates: TBA Time: 8:30-6:00 Location: Riverside Police – Magnolia Station 10540 Magnolia Ave Riverside, CA 92505
Cost: $110.00
NOTE: THERE IS A $65 CANCELLATION FEE

Weddings/Marriage & the Role of a Chaplain (1/2 day)

  COURSE DESCRIPTION:
It is critical that a high-rise building under construction has a deep and strong foundation under it so that it can support everything above it.  Marriage is no different.  Its upward potential is dependent on the foundation under it.  Will it be built on a rock or will it be built on sand?  The answer to that question will help to determine if it will remain strong or if will it collapse when the ‘storms of life come upon it.  Marriage can be the greatest institution in the world, and it can be the worst institution in the world.  It all depends on what a person wants from it and what that person(s) is willing to put into it.  It all depends on the foundation it is built on.  Chaplains can help a man and women begin their marriage on a deep, strong, and healthy foundation.  Being asked to officiate a wedding is an opportunity to share about biblical marriage and love, the role of husband and wife, the importance of communication, ways of keeping a marriage strong, the importance of prayer and the reading of God’s Word, and so much more.  Building a marriage without God’s instruction manual is simply inviting failure.  As a chaplain, we may be asked to officiate a wedding.  What a tremendous opportunity God gives us to represent Him.  Are you prepared for that opportunity?  If not, Lord willing, this class will help to prepare you.
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:
  • History & Custom of Marriage
  • Basic Knowledge of Marriage Law
  • Pre-Marriage Biblical Instruction
  • Pre-Wedding Activities
  • Day-of-Wedding Activities
  • Post-Wedding Activities
  • Follow-Up
Dates: TBA Time: 8:30-6:00 Location: Riverside Police – Magnolia Station 10540 Magnolia Ave Riverside, CA 92505
Cost: $75.00 – if registered for both half-day classes, $125.
NOTE: THERE IS A $35 CANCELLATION FEE

Funerals & the Role of a Chaplain (1/2 day)

  COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Nothing cries out more tenderly and sometimes tragically for the chaplain than death.  Where is the chaplain?  Does the chaplain have a word from the Lord?  Death provides an opportunity to share spiritual truths from God’s Word.  As Chaplains, God gives us the opportunity to minister to those who are struggling with broken hearts.  We must understand the grief process if we are to bear the sorrows of people who are experiencing loss through death.  What do we say to the parents of a teenager who died from suicide, or whose child drowned in the family swimming pool, or whose loved one was killed in a traffic accident, or murdered?  What do we say to the spouse of 50 years who suddenly became a widow or widower?  As difficult as these moments are, God has called you, the chaplain, to come alongside them and be the hands and feet of Jesus, and at times His mouthpiece.  Often, we are His mouthpiece as we are asked to officiate the funeral or memorial service for their loved one.  What a tremendous opportunity God gives us to represent Him.  Are you prepared for that opportunity?  If not, Lord willing, this class will help to prepare you.
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:
  • History & Custom of Funerals
  • Purpose of a Funeral Service
  • Grief & Loss
  • Death Notifications
  • Comfort Verses
  • 10 Commandments of God/s Caregivers
  • Pre-Funeral Activities
  • Day of Funeral Activities
  • Post-Funeral Activities
Dates: TBA Time: 8:30-6:00 Location: Riverside Police – Magnolia Station 10540 Magnolia Ave Riverside, CA 92505
Cost: $75.00
NOTE: THERE IS A $65 CANCELLATION FEE