Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)

Following the impact of disaster, families struggle to pick up the pieces of their lives. Survivors are in need of immediate emotional and spiritual care to help walk them through next steps - bringing clarity in the midst of a very difficult time as they realize they are unable to cope. CISM training equips our volunteers with techniques and coping mechanisms to assist survivors in trauma and help move them into recovery.

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Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM+) with Spiritual Enhancements

It is highly recommended (but not required) that volunteers desiring to complete Advanced training start with either Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) or Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) training.

Course Description

CISM training is presented by ADRN’s Crisis Intervention Team (CIT). CISM Training helps people in all times of crisis and when called to the mission field. This training will equip volunteers to deal with the mental, emotional and spiritual issues most people encounter in times of disaster, including trauma, learning crisis intervention techniques and much more. All participants will receive a certificate of completion after 14 hours of course time. CISM is an internationally recognized training. Scholarship pricing available.

Training Pathway:  Emotional Response

Course Time:  6 hours online training, 3 hour Simulation

Simulation:  Hands On Experience to Apply Tools Learned

Cost:  Registration Fee is $95

Scholarships: $47.50 scholarships are available to full time students or those financially impacted by Covid-19. Apply here

Pre-Requisites:   I AM Ready™ Basic Training & Orientation (3-hours, includes Prayer Hotline Training) and background check clearance Background Check

Certification Requirements: Complete IS-100 Training. All pre-requisites, classroom videos & simulation must be completed for certification.

Age Restrictions: Recommended for teens 16 years of age and above

Certification: Internationally Recognized Certification (complete 14 hours)

ADRN Training Level Advancement: I AM Ready™ Level 2**

CISM Refresher Course - FREE

It is recommended that all CISM-Trained volunteers take a refresher course once every three years.

CISM Training taken after first paid training is always FREE.

Expiration Badging Program

In an effort to insure that ADRN volunteers deploying to the field are fully qualified and proficient in how they serve, we have badge certification renewal program. This helps our CIT Teams maintain credibility with other CISM response programs, local agencies and authorities.

Beginning September 15, 2018 a three-year CISM certification renewal program was activated. We request that all volunteers review and assess their current CISM status and make necessary adjustments in order to meet the new standards of ADRN certification. You will need to renew a background check clearance, update certification requirements, and submit results to

Please note that ADRN CISM Training has been upgraded to meet national standards in order to effectively serve those in trauma. 

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Watch the video below to witness ADRN's Emotional Care support offered to survivors following disaster.

**RC = Levels within ADRN's Volunteer Training Program

Note: Most courses listed require volunteers to login. Login access is provided to our volunteers upon completion of I AM Ready™  Basic Training & Orientation course. Online registration and payment for classes in advance can prevent an additional $20 administrative fee added to payments received at the door.