2024 Pre-Conference Training Offerings

Please Note

You will only be able to choose one Pre-Conference class

If a minimum of 10 students in a class is not reached by September 15, 2024, the class will be cancelled, and the student will have the option of attending any available class or amending their registration.

CISM Training

Option 1

Assisting Individuals in Crisis & Group Crisis Intervention


 October 25-27, 2024

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)


Chaplain Paul N. Trumpore, Sr.


Option 2

Pastoral Crisi Intervention I & II


Pastoral Crisis Intervention may be thought of as the integration of psychological crisis intervention with pastoral perspectives and resources. This newly revised course (previously known as Pastoral Crisis Intervention I & II) is designed to train participants in the use of psychological trauma and intervention techniques. This program does not provide instruction on spirituality or theology. Additionally, more specific advanced concepts and current field applications where pastoral crisis intervention will be covered.

Chaplains, pastoral counselors, mental health professionals, ministers, and anyone interested in the use of faith- based resources in healing or enhancing their skills in responding to individuals in crisis should find this course of interest.

Program Highlights:

  • Define crisis intervention, CISM and PCI
  • Classify risks and potential adverse reactions
  • Recount advance topics in assessment
  • Describe principles of basic spiritual first aid
  • Discuss PCI with those expressing theodolite concerns
  • Describe the incident management system (IMS)
  • Illustrate PCI with those expressing suicidal ideation
  • Describe PCI with those in acute bereavement
  • Describe principles of death notification
  • Principles and practices associated with self-care


This course builds on the foundation of ICISF’s Pastoral Crisis Intervention I with more advanced concepts and field applications. Prerequisite: Pastoral Crisis Intervention I.

Program Highlights: 

  • Crisis intervention, CISM and PCI
  • Risks and potential adverse reactions
  • Advance topics in assessment
  • Principles 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 notification
  • Principles and practices associated with self-care


Dr. Edgar Hatcher

Essentials of Fire Chaplaincy

Saturday-Sunday (October 26-27), 2024, 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.



Advanced Chaplain Training

Option 1

Fire Department Funerals

Saturday-Sunday (October 26-27, 2024), 0830-1700

This Class will equip the Chaplain in all aspects of the firefighter funeral as well as learning and understanding the many firefighter funeral types.


James "Jim" Cook, Jr.

Option 2

The Ministry of Presence

Saturday-Sunday (October 26-27, 2024), 0830-1700

       This equipping workshop cultivates and strengthens skills for reaching out in love and care and effectively helping others. Experiential class explores essential crisis communication tools, including initiating a relationship, effective listening, use of questions, mirroring techniques, non-verbal communications, Spirit-nudges and empowering those helped to pursue next steps. Skill by skill, learning-by-doing, relational training offers immediate application for emergency service chaplains, both on call and in everyday life. This is a “Good Samaritan” ministry; becoming more aware of the hurts and needs of others, and partnering with God to offer help, hope and healing through faith-based resources.


James "Jim" Lewis

FFC Instructor Workshop


Friday October 25, 2024, 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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