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The International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Inc., (ICISF), is an international accrediting organization for Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) peer support developed for public safety personnel and healthcare teams.

The Alberta Critical Incident Advisory Council (ACIAC) was recognized with the 2019 ICISF Co-Founders Award for Excellence in Crisis Intervention for their work in training over 1100 peers and the establishment of a robust Provincial network in serving these communities of practice.  

ACIAC and ICISF formed a formal partnership. As of March 2020, the Alberta Critical Incident Advisory Council (ACIAC) became the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation – Canada, Inc. (ICISF-Canada), expanding its scope to that of a national focus with the mandate to assist in establishing other regional networks and to collaborate with existing Provincial peer networks.

Registration Now Open:

This registration page is for ICISF-CISM trained peers who operate anywhere throughout Alberta and want to be part of this provincial network; who agree to put their name forth and conduct themselves in accordance with the ACIAC best practice, code of conduct and reporting structure. Privacy and confidentiality of personal information will be upheld and only administration will have access and will not be publically listed.

Registration Requirements:

  1. Registrants must be an active member of an Alberta First Responder Agency such as Fire Suppression, EMS, Law Enforcement, or Search and Rescue.
  2. Must have completed basic CISM training from an Approved ICISF and ACIAC vetted Instructor including “Assisting Individuals in Crisis”, and “Group Crisis Intervention.
  3. Must be a member in good standing of an ICISF-CISM Peer Support Team that is recognized by the ACIPN within an Alberta First Responder Agency or who agree to become members of the ACIPN and operate under clinical and network guidance.
  4. Must agree to uphold “Best Practices” as stipulated by the ACIAC and the ICISF.

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Mandate of ICISF-Canada

The board of directors has set out a mandate of ICISF-Canada to provide advice on the development, training, maintenance, and sustainability of ICISF-CISM peer support programs specific to Public Safety Personnel in Canada, that adhere to the evidence informed model authored by George Everly and Jeff Mitchell.

The work of the ICISF-Canada will be placed in the public domain and funded through a not for profit society.

ICISF-Canada’s sole purpose is to provide consultation, education, resources, and support to Public Safety Personnel. ICISF-Canada will achieve this through the development, support, and advise on a national level standardized approach to critical incident response for this community.

ICISF-Canada is proud to be the sole Canadian partner to International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, Inc. (ICISF) and bring the most established model of peer support to public safety personnel in Canada.

Alberta Critical Incident Provincial Network (ACIPN)

The ACIPN is a peer led, peer driven support network of public safety personnel for public safety personnel, whose volunteers are trained in best practices and deliver support in accordance with ICISF standards. The Alberta Critical Incident Provincial Network (ACIPN) will continue to be the entity that delivers peer support to public safety personnel in Alberta. More information about the network is contained on the ACIPN tab.

The psychological impact on these responders can have a large impact on their mental health. 

This peer support network is a best practice approach to supporting public safety personnel build psychological resistance and resilience to what they are exposed to in their work.

Peers are the most effective front line provider to meet the unique needs of this important and valuable resource.

Your contribution will ensure that our volunteer peers get the training and support they need to ensure their fellow public service personnel remain healthy and able to respond to those Albertan’s needs.

100% of funds raised will go to program delivery. The International Critical Incident Stress Foundation – Canada, Inc. is a board of volunteers and there is no operational overhead, only program delivery, support and ongoing training.

Thank you for considering making a donation to support Alberta’s Public Safety Personnel, including all our first responders who risk their physical and psychological well being to protect and serve us all.


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