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ICISF Advanced Assisting Individuals in Crisis – Allegany County

October 31, 2022 - November 1, 2022


Our Health and Wellness partners, the New York Law Enforcement Assistance Program (NYLEAP) and the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), are pleased to announce the availability of the ICISF Advanced Assisting Individuals in Crisis course. This FREE course is a critical component for those that serve as law enforcement peers.

With this training, participants will enhance their ability to provide individual crisis intervention using proven methods. They will receive a certificate of completion from the ICISF.

This course meets one of the requirements for persons pursuing the ICISF Certificate of Specialized Training.


October 31 – November 1, 2022 in Allegany County


The target audience of this course is law enforcement (including police, corrections, parole, probation officers, law enforcement chaplains, and Emergency 911 communications operators/dispatchers) that currently serve as peers or are in the process of developing a peer support program.

Note: Only those who have completed the Assisting Individuals in Crisis course (also known as Individual Crisis Intervention & Peer Support) are eligible to register for this course.

Class size is limited. Those interested in attending are encouraged to register ASAP.


  • Understand the nature and definitions of a psychological crisis and psychological crisis intervention
  • Understand the nature and definition of critical incident stress management and its role as a continuum of care
  • Practice empathic communication techniques
  • Understand the practice of psychological triage
  • Practice the SAFER-Revised model of individual psychological crisis intervention in a suicide scenario, in a grief and bereavement scenario, and in a “follow-up” or referral scenario
  • Understand and discuss common ethical issues in psychological crisis intervention
  • Understand and discuss the risks of iatrogenic “harm” associated with psychological crisis intervention and discuss how to reduce those risks
  • Understand the principles of self-care


Brian Flynn, LCSW, MA, CCISM, CFRC. – Brian is a clinical social worker and a certified first responder counselor with over 20 years of teaching and clinical experience working with veterans and first responders.  He is a lecturer at Binghamton University and holds a certification in critical incident stress management.  His psychological first aid, disaster mental health and crisis intervention experience includes working with first responders at Ground Zero after the attacks on 9/11, traveling to Thailand to provide support to those impacted by the tsunami of 2004, responding to the shooting at the Washington, DC Naval Yard, several 9/11 anniversary memorials in NYC, providing mental health and psychological first aid training to disaster volunteers during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita as well as being responsible for the coordination of support and logistics as Disaster Mental Health Co-Lead during the aftermath of the 2009 shooting at The American Civic Association in Binghamton, NY.  He was an emergency room and trauma center social worker and has provided CISM support to both first responders and civilians. Brian is an approved instructor for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) and a member of the New York Law Enforcement Assistance Program (NYLEAP) where he provides instruction, and peer and clinical support. He is a New York State Troopers Police Benevolent Association Mental Health Medical Liaison and a Disruptive Event Management Consultant with R3 Continuum.  He’s currently the NY and NJ State Coordinator for HOPE: Animal Assisted Crisis Response and a former member of the United Nations NGO subcommittee on Disaster Mental Health.


This training is offered for free. Please register only if you can commit to attending both days in their entirety. Registration is limited, and certificates of completion will be given only to those who have completed the training in its entirety.

Directions to the training site and additional course information will be included in your confirmation notice, approximately 7-10 days before the training event.

If you have any questions about registering for the training, please contact Associate Training Technician Scott Neff by email at Scott.Neff@dcjs.ny.gov or by telephone at (518) 944-1973.



October 31, 2022
November 1, 2022
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