ICISFInternational Critical Incident Stress Foundation
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It should come as no surprise that the ICISF model, similar to its influence in EAP Critical Incident Response (CIR), is also used as a model for peer response outside of the first responder population.
In some circumstances, an ICISF certificate grants the bearer access to disaster sites that an advanced clinical degree does not.
ICISF is a non-profit, open membership foundation dedicated to the prevention and mitigation of disabling stress through the provision of: Education, training and support services for all Emergency Services and helping professions; Continuing education and training in Emergency Mental Health Services for the Mental Health Community; and Consultation in the establishment of Crisis and Disaster Response Programs for varied organizations and communities worldwide.
If this is done in accordance with the ICISF model, problematic issues of confidentiality will be greatly reduced.
Almost 60 percent of those who received formal training reported completing the Basic Critical Incident Stress Management training course offered by the ICISF. Many EA professionals have been trained in multiple models, which share the common feature of using a psycho-educational group meeting that allows individuals to talk about and process the critical incident, learn about normal reactions and effective coping methods to deal with critical incident stress, and encourage group support (Regehr and Hill 2000).