Q: What is the purpose of the ICISF World Congress on Stress, Trauma & Coping?
A: To promote multidisciplinary exchange of ideas and information among those who provide crisis and disaster mental health services. Sessions during the 12th World Congress have been designed to provoke critical thinking, examine best practices, offer innovative ideas and insights and fully explore the many applications of critical incident response in various industries, settings and situations. World Congress participants will identify the tools needed to solve current problems and explore the future direction of the crisis intervention field.
Q: Who attends the ICISF World Congress on Stress, Trauma & Coping?
A: The multi-phase process of Critical Incident Stress Management has been adopted and adapted by many professions, organizations, agencies and corporations as an effective means of providing crisis intervention services. As a result, attendees at the ICISF World Congress on Stress, Trauma & Coping represent a broad range of professions, including law enforcement, fire fighters, emergency medical services, mental health professionals, disaster responders, humanitarian aid workers, airline pilots and flight attendants, military, clergy, school based personnel and journalists. This is just a sampling however. For a more complete list of the types of professions represented by World Congress attendees, please go to the Who Should Attend page where you’ll find a listing of the various professions likely to find the World Congress educational program to be of value.
Q: Do I need to be an ICISF member to attend the 12th World Congress?
A: No. However, registration fees for ICISF members are 15% less than the fees paid by non-members. Anyone may join ICISF, and if joining at the same time as you register, you will be able to immediately take advantage of the member registration rates. If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of being an ICISF member, please visit the membership section of the ICISF website for more information and the membership application, or contact Michelle Parks, membership coordinator, with any questions you may have.
Q: How many CEUs can I earn by attending the 12th World Congress?
A: The short answer is up to 46 contact hours. The long answer is, it depends on how much of the World Congress you attend. Though the 12th World Congress is six days in length, there are many participants who attend just a portion of what is offered. For a breakdown of possible contact hours by day or program component, please visit the Certificates of Attendance page of the website. However, if you are seeking profession-specific CEUs, please note that some sessions offered at the World Congress may not be approved for CE/CEUs for some professions. If possible, these details will be posted on this website. Otherwise, details will be available on-site. To see a list of entities that have already approved the 12th World Congress for continuing education, or from whom approval is pending, please visit the Profession Specific C.E. page of the website.
Q: How much will it cost to attend?
A: There really isn’t a short answer to that question, since there are several different variables and options that can affect your cost, such as whether you’re an ICISF member, whether you attend Pre-Congress and/or Main Congress, and how many days of each/either, whether you decide to attend any ticketed special events, as well as whether you register when Advance pricing is in effect, or when the Regular rates are in effect. For a breakdown of the registration fees, please visit the Registration Fees page of the website. There are two easy to understand charts that should answer your questions about costs; however, you’ll still need to review what’s being offered each day to make the decision about how many and which days to attend, in order to calculate your actual cost.
Q: Where should I stay? Are there any discounts on hotel rooms available?
A: The 12th World Congress is being held at the Hilton Baltimore Hotel, and a block of discounted rooms is being held there for World Congress attendees. We have a great room rate of $137 (plus tax) per night for single or double occupancy. This rate is available until January 20, or until our block of rooms sells out (whichever comes first), so be sure to make your reservation soon. More information about the hotel can be found on the Hotel page of the website.
Q: Will I be able to attend some courses toward completion of my Certificate of Specialized Training?
A: Yes. During the 3 days of Pre-Congress Workshops, a small selection of ICISF courses is being offered. This includes the 3-day (combined) Individual Crisis Intervention and Peer Support & Group Crisis Intervention; the 3-day (combined) Pastoral Crisis Intervention I & II; as well as the 2-day Advanced Group Crisis Intervention course (note that the Group Crisis Intervention course should be considered a pre-requisite for the Advance Group Crisis Intervention course). Because of the way these courses are scheduled, you will only be able to attend one of these ICISF courses. Please review all of the Pre-Congress Workshop options in the Education section of the website. There are separate pages for 1-Day Workshops, 2-Day Workshops and the 3-Day Workshops.