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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Emotional Care Support (CISM)

Training Pathway: Emotional Response 

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.

Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM+) with Spiritual Enhancements

$95 Registration fee is waived for ALL ADRN Badged General Volunteers. A special love offering will be taken at the training to give an opportunity to sow into ADRN's training department.

Course Time:  14 Hours (Held Over 2 Days)
Simulation:  Hands On Experience to Apply Tools Learned
Cost:  This training is at no cost to ADRN Volunteers.  A Love Offering will be received at the training.  Cost is $95 for those not yet ADRN Volunteers - email for payment options.
Pre-Requirements:   ADRN Orientation & Preparedness Training (3-hours) and background check clearance to be ADRN Badged CISM (No pre-requirements for those not yet ADRN Volunteers)
Age Restrictions: Recommended for teens 16 years of age and above
Certification: Internationally Recognized Certification (complete 14 hours)
ADRN Training Level Advancement: RC Level 2**

*Regular Cost is $95 for all non-ADRN participants (those who have not attended ADRN Orientation).
All badged ADRN Volunteers qualify to take this training at no cost. To receive this waived registration fee click on the CHECKBOOK ICON on the payment page to receive a registration receipt

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.

Expiration Badging Program

ADRN will be implementing an expiration procedure within our badge certification renewal program. This program will insure that those deploying to the field would be the most qualified and proficient in how they serve. In doing so our CIT Teams maintain credibility with other CISM response programs, local agencies and authorities.

Beginning September 15, 2018 a three-year certification renewal program was activated. This requires all volunteers to review and assess their current CISM status and make necessary adjustments in order to meet the new standards of ADRN certification. Those trained prior to January 2016 have until August 2019 to achieve a new background check clearance, update certification requirements, and submit results. Those trained after January 2016 have until December 2019 to achieve a new background check clearance, update certification requirements, and submit results. Results need to be emailed to

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Need Support? Have Questions before Registering?

Connect with our CISM Trainers and Leadership if you need support, have questions or concerns before registering for an upcoming training. Click the link below and a team member will connect with you soon.

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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 after completion of ADRN’s Orientation and Preparedness course. Online registration and payment for classes in advance can prevent an additional $20 administrative fee added to payments received at the door.




2019 Dates and Locations


Dates: February 22, 6-10PM and February23, 8AM-6PM
Location: Austin Oaks Church
4220 Monterey Oaks Blvd., Austin, TX 78749


Dates: June 7, 6-10PM and June 8, 8AM-6PM
Location:  Riverbend Church
4214 Capital of Texas Highway, Austin, TX 78746

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Dates: August 30, 6-10PM and August 31, 8AM-6PM
Location: Grace Covenant Church Auditorium, 9431 Jollyville Road, Austin, TX 78759

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Dates: November 8, 6-10PM and November 9, 8AM-6PM
Location: Life Church, 1393 E. Woodview Drive, Leander, TX 78641

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