2023 Pre-Conference Training Offerings

Essentials of Fire Chaplaincy
Saturday-Sunday (October 15-16, 2022, 0830-1700

     Essentials of Fire Chaplaincy – is a two-day course designed as a “Survey of Fire Chaplaincy”. It is appropriate for new chaplains, experienced chaplains, and those who just want to learn what fire chaplaincy is all about. The course includes classes in Ministry to Firefighters, Ministry to People in Crisis, Managing Stress, Fire Department Funerals, Fire Chaplain Operations, and many others.

 Includes FFC Chaplain Manual.


Gordon Kouwenberg

Mark Goodman


Advanced Chaplain Training

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

Saturday-Sunday (October 15-16, 2022, 0830-1700

ASIST is a 2-day training program that teaches participants how to assist those at risk for suicide. Although many healthcare professionals use ASIST, anyone 16 years or older can use the approach, regardless of professional background. ASIST workshops cost money to attend, with cost varying by training site.


Keith Smith

Ted Wilson, Jr.


CISM Training

Assisting Individuals in Crisis & Group Crisis Intervention


 October 14-16, 2-23

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)


Joseph A. LaCognata


    FFC Instructor Workshop


    Friday October 14, 2023, 0830-1700

    Requires Approval by Executive Director (Jimmie Duncan) to participate.

    Jimmie Duncan: FFC.chaplain@gmail.com


    • Current Member in "Good Standing" 
    • Have been a Member in FFC for a minimum of 5 consecutive years.
    • Have received the FFC Advanced Studies Certificate

    This one-day workshop is for those interested in becoming FFC Instructors and is required every four years for current instructors. 

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