Vital Incident Stress Administration coaching coming to Morgan County – Sterling Journal-Advocate


The new Raymer / Stoneham Fire Protection District Kaplan team will host a training course on Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) on Friday and Saturday, November 5th and 6th, 2021. “The second course,” Group Crisis Intervention “, is planned for early 2022. These are ICISF certified courses with certificates that will be issued after both course days have been completed.

CISM training is a “method to help first responders and others who have been involved in or have been exposed to traumatic events that have the potential to affect them emotionally and / or physically”. Understanding CISM “enables coworkers to help coworkers understand symptoms and behaviors that may arise after an event and stay on the job. CISM is not a therapy. Rather, it is a specialized psychiatric emergency intervention that requires special training.

Assisting Individuals in Crisis was developed to provide participants with the basics and a specific protocol for individual crisis intervention. This course is aimed at anyone who wants to expand their knowledge of individual (single) crisis intervention techniques in the fields of business and industry, crisis intervention, disaster relief, education, emergency services, employee assistance, healthcare, homeland security, mental health, military, spiritual care and traumatic stress .

About the instructor: Ron Biegler retired after a 26 year career as a firefighter in Denver. Ron holds a Master of Divinity from Denver Seminary, a Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling, a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, an Associate of Science in Fire Science Technology, and was ordained to the Department of Fire Chaplaincy in 2014. He has been the senior chaplain of the Denver Fire Department since 2017 and a long-time member of the department’s peer support team. Ron is a certified instructor with the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. He is President of the Colorado Fire Chaplains Association (CFCA) and is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), the Federation of Fire Chaplains (FFC), the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC), the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress (AAETS) and the National Center for Crisis Management (NCCM). You can get in touch with him at [email protected].

This two-day training course costs $ 295 per registrant, and includes manual, drinks and snacks. Lunch is self-organized. Located at Riverview Event Center, 24 19201 Rd, Brush, Colorado, 80723. Best Western Plus offers a 20% sale for those who Mention “Training at Riverview Event Center” when booking. Check-in for the class begins at 7:30 AM, classes start at 8:00 AM and last until 5:30 PM each day. The course is limited to 40 participants. A limited number of grants have been made available by The Resilience Resource (TRR) to individuals who are not sponsored by a fire department or agency.

TRR facilitates online registration and can be found on its website under the buttons “Courses & Workshop”> “Course Schedule & Event Calendar”. Visit to sign up. Registration closes on October 28, 2021. If you have any questions, please call Janie @ 970.556.1513 or email Michelle at [email protected].