• Practical: techniques have proven success in a variety of personal and community disasters
  • Experiential: some tangible effects of the techniques should be felt and recognised by the trainee whilst learning
  • Progressive: designed to enhance abilities and raise confidence in dealing with difficult cases

All training is certified for attendance and assessed for knowledge and competence

* STAGE-28 Certificates Provided
** ICISF certified, endorsed by the University of Maryland, Baltimore County
*** Applied Metapsychology International certified




RAIDS is a psychological risk assessment tool for quickly identifying hazards to mental health. By specifically targeting predictors of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) it is possible to assess someone after asking five key questions. Rating the answers as scores and categorising them allows use of the Red-Amber-Green (High to Low) ‘traffic-light’ system to convey risk. 

Individual Crisis Intervention (2-days)

A specialised acute mental health intervention for individuals.

Students will be assured that crisis intervention is not psychotherapy. Rather it will show that, historically, crisis intervention emerged as organised responses to surviving conflict, catastrophe and man-made disaster. Essential components of crisis intervention are preserved in this workshop in a context of didactic and experiential learning. It is designed for anyone with an interest in responses to disaster or to increase their knowledge and skill-base in helping colleagues recover after critical incidents.

Suitable for emergency services, hospitals, aviation, military, disaster response, employee-assistance, health-care, or any organisation that exposes its people to critical incidents.

Key learning points:

  • Crisis, crisis intervention and critical incident stress management
  • The Resistance-Resiliency-Recovery continuum
  • Crisis communication techniques
  • Common psychological and behavioural crisis reactions
  • SAFER-R as psychological first aid
  • Intervening in suicidal cases

Group Crisis Intervention (2-days)

Specialised acute interventions for teams, groups and organisations.

Building on the knowledge and skills gained through Individual Crisis Intervention training, students will be presented with the core elements of a comprehensive, systematic and multi-component crisis intervention curriculum. This will assist students in the application of a variety of techniques to a wide variety of highly-stressful situations. Techniques include defusing, critical incident stress debriefing (CISD/PEGS), demobilisation (RITS) and crisis management briefing (CMB) to cover groups from a small crew (defusing) to several hundred (CMB) people.

Suitable for emergency services, hospitals, aviation, military, disaster response, employee-assistance, health-care, or any organisation that exposes its people to critical incidents.

Key learning points:

  • Crisis, crisis intervention and critical incident stress management
  • Research, evidence and recommendations for practice
  • The Resistance-Resiliency-Recovery continuum
  • Incident assessment and strategic planning
  • Crisis communication for groups
  • Two small group crisis interventions
  • Two large group crisis interventions
  • Special focus: Critical Incident Stress Debriefing

Assisting Individuals and Group Crisis intervention (3-days)

Available as a combined course. 

Make contact for further information and guidance.

Advanced Group Crisis Intervention (2-days)

Advanced group crisis intervention techniques for students qualified in Group Crisis Intervention. This workshop extends the reach of crisis intervention into situations complicated by circumstances with a greater potential impact than most critical incidents, such as death-on-duty and suicide of a colleague. The emphasis will be on small groups and the application of advanced defusing and critical incident stress debriefings (CISD) techniques.

Suitable for emergency services, hospitals, aviation, military, disaster response, employee-assistance, health-care, or any organisation that exposes its people to critical incidents. Students, as a prerequisite, will be expected to be trained in Group Crisis Intervention.

Key learning points:

  • Research, evidence and recommendations for practice
  • Managing complex group-oriented crisis interventions
  • Incident assessment
  • Strategic planning for interventions
  • Enhanced group processes
  • Significantly delayed interventions
  • Multiple-incident CISD
  • Suicide of a colleague
  • Small group crisis-support follow-ups

Traumatic Incident Reduction (4-days)

Specialised intervention for various forms of trauma-based psychological reactions.

The workshop presents a novel approach to trauma that is theoretically-grounded, practical and verifiable through personal experience. The theoretical basis of TIR is a person-centred one that has no need of psychiatric language, diagnostic labelling or medical terminology. Having more in common with crisis-intervention than psychotherapy or counselling, even exceptional lay people untrained in a mental health discipline, can learn to bring rapid relief, recovery and personal growth to those whose lives have become difficult.

Key learning points:

Three techniques to address different sources of distress:

  • Known traumatic incidents
  • Unknown traumatic incidents that are felt and painful rather than remembered (e.g., panic, compulsion, dread)
  • Losses, dilemmas, relationships, and troubling areas of life.

TIR is particularly well-suited to those trained in crisis intervention:

  • TIR is designed to reach a positive conclusion in open-ended sessions
  • TIR can be used as the ‘Refer’ step in the SAFER-R protocol used in CISM;
  • Certification (as ‘TIR Facilitator’) is possible after 50 hours of successful delivery and supervision.

Suitable for mental health professionals (MHPs; practitioners, psychiatrists, psychotherapists, social workers, counsellors) with a primary purpose of reducing the emotional burden of distress in people unable to escape their life-situation, abusive past or physical conditions. MHPs will be expected to take a person-centred perspective. Also suited to individuals in peer-support teams in fire and rescue, law enforcement, paramedic, hospital, military, veteran and disaster response settings. Conditions for attendance include i) a commitment to be drug and alcohol-free for 24 hours prior to, and throughout, the workshop, and ii) being well-nourished and well-rested before training. As no formal mental health training is required to learn TIR post-training supervision is strongly recommended.

Expanded Applications (4-days)

The Expanded Applications (EA) workshop consolidates the knowledge and skills acquired in the Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) workshop (a pre-requisite) to add several new techniques to the TIR toolbox. While the TIR workshop addresses the impact and unwanted consequences of traumatic experience and difficulties in life, the EA techniques cover a wider variety of stressors including difficult people and situations. For example, those who seem too ‘fragile’ to resist bullying can develop confidence and autonomy while those who function at a high level can see ambitions develop beyond their current horizons.

Key learning points

  • Long-term trauma
  • Surviving family or institutional abuse
  • Complex-posttraumatic stress reactions
  • Anticipatory stress (e.g., surgery, bereavement, unforeseen obligations)
  • Children exposed to trauma
  • Addictions related to past trauma and current pain

Suitable for anyone who has successfully completed the Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) workshop

Life Stress Reduction (4-days)

The Life Stress Reduction (LSR) workshop integrates the TIR and EA workshops into a comprehensive life stress program as a platform for future achievement and personal growth. Collectively, the techniques of the three workshops are shown to be ‘tools in the toolbox’ from which to create a plan to tackle even a lifetime of accumulated distress, loss and fear.

Key learning points

  • Case Planning
    • Brief and extensive interviews
    • Rating and prioritising issues to address
  • Life Stress Reduction Methods
    • Exploration and Checklist methods
    • Specialised techniques (e.g., body image; self-esteem, abusive people)
    • Recall lists to identify patterns in responding to fear
    • Comprehensive summary of TIR, EA and LSR techniques

Suitable for anyone who has successfully completed the Traumatic Incident Reduction (TIR) and Expanded Applications (EA) workshops.

Online risk assessment and research (1-day)

A 1-day program for anyone using the STAGE-28 online assessment for data-collection, surveys or research.

This will demonstrate STAGE-28’s commitment to a scientific pursuit of its programs and its leading role in occupational health and safety risk assessment. Students will learn how to use data to identify hazards to mental health, measure the effectiveness of interventions and the monitoring of impact over time. By the end of the workshop students will be able to design a risk-assessment program for use in their own professional context and fulfil the legal demands of work health and safety.

Key learning points

  • Ethics, privacy and personal information
  • Statistical evidence: What it is and how to identify abuse of it
  • Academic research vs do-it-yourself research
  • Seeing patterns, drawing conclusions and sending the message

Suitable for anyone with an interest in risk-assessing mental health using a smartphone, tablet or computer, familiar with Excel (or similar) and not afraid of basic statistics. Managers in HR, occupational health and other personnel-related roles should gain greatly and will be welcome at this workshop.

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