1-Day Pre-Congress Workshops
Pre-Congress Workshops are optional educational programming which take place February 19, 20 & 21, and are offered at an additional fee. Refer to the Registration Fees page or the Registration Form for fee information.
The chart below visually shows which workshops can be combined with others, and which workshops cannot be combined because they overlap.
You may choose to attend:
- a single 1-day workshop (either Wednesday or Thursday),
- two 1-day workshops (select one on Wednesday and one on Thursday)
- one 2-day workshop (held Wednesday & Thursday; must attend both days of selected workshop)
- one 3-day workshop (held Tuesday – Thursday; must attend all 3 days).
Please choose from the list below and indicate your selection (by circling the appropriate letter) on the Registration Form or when registering online, make your selection in the pre-Congress section.
PLEASE NOTE: THE FOLLOWING WORKSHOPS (E-I) ARE 1-DAY WORKSHOPS AND CANNOT BE COMBINED WITH 2-DAY OR 3-DAY WORKSHOPS
Workshops E-I will be offered on Wednesday, February 20 from 8:00am – 5:00pm. You may select one from this section (E-I) and one from Workshops J-N for a total of two days of workshops, or choose just one workshop on one of these days.
E. Ethics-Based Leadership: Leading for a Change
James T. Reese, PhD
Ethics are the core ingredients in leadership. Learn top characteristics of leaders; why decisions fail; and enemies of effective leadership. Learn about your “moral compass” and application of ethics in decision making. Today’s leaders must place influence before power; people before product.
F. Staff Support in the Healthcare Setting: Where Are You Now?
Patricia L. Tritt, RN, MA
Healthcare has been slow to adopt a peer driven staff/crisis support program. This presentation reviews best practices in the field and draws on experience and lessons learned of the participants. Registrants should bring problems, issues, and concerns to be discussed in a case-based format.
G. Mad, Sad, Scared: Understanding and Helping the Combat Veteran in Crisis
Alison Lighthall, MSN, RN
Many professionals have reported a sharp rise in critical incidents involving combat veterans and concern over handling these situations safely. This workshop will provide a deeper understanding of the veteran’s experience, and practical tools for safely de-escalating situations involving veterans.
H. Core Issues and Themes: Preparing to Deploy Your Team
Dennis Potter, LMSW, CAAC, FAAETS
This workshop focuses on increasing skills in providing quality CISM responses by making sure our deploying team is prepared for their work. Certain themes and issues often emerge in the aftermath of a Critical Incident. We need to provide recovery-oriented information on the most common themes.
I. Coping with Traumatic Death
Hope Morrow, PhD, MFT, CTS
Exposure to human remains can be challenging for all CISM responders as well as first responders. Through lecture and discussion, this workshop will explore the nature of the experience and suggest ways to prepare for and mitigate the effects of such exposure.
PLEASE NOTE: THE FOLLOWING WORKSHOPS (J-N) ARE 1-DAY COURSES AND CANNOT BE COMBINED WITH ANY 2-DAY OR 3-DAY WORKSHOPS
Workshops J-N will be offered on Thursday, February 21 from 8:00am – 5:00pm. You may select one from this section (J-N) and one from Workshops E-I for a total of two days of workshops, or choose just one workshop on one of these days.
J. The Bulletproof Mind
LT COL Dave Grossman
To do, for the mind and spirit, what body armor does for the torso.
Lt. Col. Grossman is the author of On Killing and On Combat, and is one of the nation’s leading law enforcement, school and mental health trainers. His presentation will include, among other topics, the evidence that: a) debriefings work, b) debriefings have been used throughout history, and c) debriefings are irrefutably essential to the well-being of individuals who have experienced traumatic events.
K. Posttraumatic Growth: Traumatic Incident Reduction for Crisis Intervention
John Durkin, PhD
Posttraumatic growth, rather than stress, will be discussed as the likely outcome of traumatic experience. Theoretical challenges to current thinking on trauma and treatment will be made. Practical exercises to enhance growth using techniques from Traumatic Incident Reduction will be introduced.
L. Death Notification: Practical Skills for First Responders & Clinicians
Timothy W. Dietz, MA, Rachel E. Kaul, LCSW, CTS
This presentation offers practical skills to those tasked with delivering death notifications. Through didactic and interactive multi-media and group participation, attendees will develop better understanding of, and confidence in working with those who have experienced a loss.
M. Practical Considerations in Dealing with Values, Competencies & Ethical Dilemmas
Mary Beth Williams, PhD, LCSW, CTS
During this day long workshop, participants will examine and reflect on various aspects of ethical CISM practice. Topics range from identification of ethical standards and purposes, ways to minimize iatrogenic harm, creation of mission statements, competencies, and ethical dilemma models.
N. Aviation CISM: Global. Diverse. Resilient.
Hans Rahmann, Keiko Nakahama, JSCCP, Tania Glenn, PsyD, LCSW, CTS, Eileen Rodriguez,
Tony Faul, BS-CE, Capt. Dennis W. Young, CHC, USN, Capt. Thurman T. Maine, Commander
Aviation Day will cover recent Aviation CISM events, including responses to the Reno Air Race accident and a Coast Guard training helicopter accident. International airline networking and resilience will be discussed, along with a new fear of flying program for flight attendants.
O. Practical Skillsets for Group Crisis Interventions
Robert van Goethem, ACSW
This workshop has been cancelled.