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ICISF Group Crisis Intervention (GCI) Training – Rochester, NY

October 24, 2022 - October 25, 2022

Offered by the New York State Sheriff’s Association, in partnership with FirstNet – Built with AT&T, and in cooperation with the New York Law Enforcement Assistance Program (NYLEAP) and the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services (NYS DCJS), this course is a critical component for those that serve as law enforcement peers.

This FREE two-day class is being offered at two locations:
Rochester, NY – October 24-25, 2022
Lake George, NY – November 14-15, 2022

Who should attend?

While open to all Law Enforcement in New York State, the target audience of this course is Sheriff Office personnel (to include deputies, correction officers, 911/dispatch and LE chaplains) that currently serve as peers or are in the process of developing a peer support program.

Why attend?

This is an International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) developed curriculum. Advantages of attending are:
• Participants will learn how to provide group crisis intervention using proven methods
• Participants will receive a certificate of completion from the ICISF
• This course is required for persons pursuing the ICISF Certificate of Advanced

Learning objectives

• To increase awareness of key terms and concepts relevant to the practice of crisis intervention and disaster mental health intervention.
• To become familiar with relevant research findings and recommendations for practice.
• To understand the nature and importance of incident assessment and strategic intervention planning.
• To understand the nature of the “resistance, resilience, recovery” continuum and the role of the integrated, multi-component, Critical Incident Stress Management system (CISM).
• To become familiar with large group crisis interventions:
– Rest, Information & Transition Service (RITS; formerly called Demobilization)
– Crisis Management Briefings
• To become familiar with small group crisis interventions:
– Defusing
– Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD)
• To become familiar with risks of adverse outcome associated with crisis intervention and how to reduce those risks.


There is no fee to attend this course. The number of seats available is extremely limited; therefore, you must receive confirmation on attendance (no ‘walk-ins’).


Brian Flynn, LCSW, MA, CCISM, CFRC (both session)
Jim Banish, President NYLEAP (NY Law Enforcement Assistance Program) (Lake George session)
Matthew Carpenter, PhD, Vice President NYLEAP (Rochester session)


Registration is required for attendance. Registration is limited to 35 attendees – register immediately to secure a seat in the training. Please do not register if you cannot commit to attending both days in their entirety. Only persons who attend both full days of the training will receive credit for the course and a certificate of completion.

Upon registration, you will receive the location of training and class times as well as additional course information.


If you have any questions about registering for the training, please contact Chuck Gallo by email at cgallo@nysheriffs.org or at 518-434-9091 ext. 123.


October 24, 2022
October 25, 2022

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