Continuing Education

No matter your circumstance, we are here to help.

Should one or more of these classes speak to a need, please talk with one of our intake coordinators. They will be happy to assist you. Registration is required to attend these classes.

This 27-hour (4-day) course is designed for anyone in the fields of Business & Industry Crisis Intervention, Disaster Response, Education, Emergency Services, Employee Assistance, Healthcare, Homeland Security, Mental Health, Military, Spiritual Care, and Traumatic Stress.

Assisting Individuals in Crisis and Group Crisis Intervention are considered the required "basic" courses developed by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) and include the “Mitchell-Model” of a debriefing. ICISF is globally recognized as the leader in providing education to address crisis intervention needs after a traumatic event.

Course Description
Assisting Individuals in Crisis- Crisis Intervention is NOT psychotherapy; rather, it is a specialized acute emergency mental health intervention which requires specialized training. As physical first aid is to surgery, crisis intervention is to psychotherapy. Thus, crisis intervention is sometimes called “emotional first aid”. This program is designed to teach participants the fundamentals of, and a specific protocol for, individual crisis intervention.

Program Highlights

  • Psychological crisis and psychological crisis intervention
  • Resistance, resiliency, recovery continuum
  • Critical incident stress management
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Basic crisis communication techniques
  • Common psychological and behavioral crisis reactions
  • Putative and empirically-derived mechanisms
  • SAFER-Revised model
  • Suicide intervention
  • Risks of iatrogenic “harm”

Group Crisis Intervention - Designed to present the core elements of a comprehensive, systematic and multi-component crisis intervention curriculum, the Group Crisis Intervention course will prepare participants to understand a wide range of crisis intervention services. Fundamentals of Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) will be outlined and participants will leave with the knowledge and tools to provide several group crisis interventions, specifically demobilizations, defusings and the Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD). The need for appropriate follow-up services and referrals when necessary will also be discussed.

Program Highlights

  • Relevant research findings
  • Relevant recommendations for practice
  • Incident assessment
  • Strategic intervention planning
  • “Resistance, resilience, recovery” continuum
  • Large group crisis interventions
  • Small group crisis interventions
  • Adverse outcome associated with crisis intervention
  • Reducing risks
  • Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD)

About Our Speaker
Evangelina Hammonds, LCSW, is a Certified Instructor for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) and has been teaching the “Mitchell Model” of Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) for many years. Ms. Hammonds is also a licensed Traumatic Stress Specialist in PTSD and an EAP Behavioral Health Consultant in Houston, providing crisis intervention and consultation after traumatic incidents in a wide variety of workplace environments including law enforcement, oil refineries, chemical plants, healthcare, banks, and businesses. She has a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, and her 22 years of work experience spans NASA, oil companies, and hospital settings, including the VA Medical Center working with veterans with PTSD and/or Traumatic Brain Injury.

Continuing Education Credit Information
Completion of “Assisting Individuals in Crisis” and “Group Crisis Intervention” and receipt of a certificate indicating full attendance (27 Contact Hours) qualifies as a class in ICISF’s Certificate of Specialized Training Program.
Credits listed below are for full attendance only. Certificates of Completion will be administered at the end of the last day of this 4-day course. If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of your profession. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your profession’s standards.

27 Contact Hours; 27 PDHs for EAPs; 27 CE Credits for National Certified Addiction Counselors OR 2.7 General CEUs from UMBC - CE Credits administered by ICISF

27 CE Hours for Texas Licensed LPC, LMFT, and LCSW – CE Credits administered by Krist Samaritan Counseling Center

Dates and Times
June 15 @ 8:30-5:00
June 22, 23, 24 @ 8:30-5:00
Registration begins at 8:00. Lunch will be provided.

United Way of Greater Houston Bay Area Center
1300-A Bay Area Blvd.
Conference Room 133
Houston, Texas 77058

How to Register
$200 registration fee payable to Krist Samaritan Counseling Center
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Carole & Ronald Krist Samaritan Counseling Center periodically offers continuing education training events for area mental health professionals. These CE programs are approved by Texas Licensing Boards for LMFT, LPC, and Social Workers.

Topics frequently covered include:
  • Integrating one’s faith into clinical work
  • Ethical practices
  • Clinical supervision
  • Psychological testing and diagnosis
  • Risk assessment
  • Treatment modalities for specific mental health disorders
  • Massage Therapy

For additional information regarding tutoring services or to schedule an appointment, call 281.480.7554.




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