Critical Incident Stress Management

12:45pm - February 24, 2022 thru 3:00pm - February 24, 2022 | Timezone: US/Central
Great Lakes MHTTC
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The Great Lakes MHTTC, in partnership with People Incorporated Training Institute, offers this training for behavioral health professionals in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, and WI. This training is offered in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.




Helpers are often deeply affected by their work, especially critical incidents that can cause unusually strong emotional reactions. It is very common for staff to experience emotional aftershocks when they have experienced a difficult event. Sometimes the emotional aftershocks (or stress reactions) appear immediately after the traumatic event, and sometimes they may appear a few hours or days later. The signs and symptoms of a stress reaction may last a few days, a few weeks, a few months, or longer, depending on the severity of the incident. This class helps to normalize and understand this reaction and improves a person’s ability to manage it and know if/when to reach out for more help. We walk through the steps of a critical incident debriefing as endorsed by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.




  • Defining a critical incident
  • Examining typical stress reactions and their effects
  • How and when to conduct a debriefing
  • How and when to conduct a defusing




  • Participants are eligible to receive 2 CEUs from the Minnesota Board of Social Work.




Russ Turner

Russ Turner, MA, MS is the Director of the People Incorporated Training Institute. During his 14-year tenure he has developed and taught a curriculum of training classes and workshops in a wide variety of subjects related to behavioral health from crisis de-escalation to motivational interviewing. His audience includes mental health professionals, social workers, case managers, addiction professionals, law enforcement, healthcare professionals, and organizational leaders. He trains trainers, works with management, and has consulted and coached on numerous mental health related training projects. He has worked as a teacher or trainer for over 25 years in a variety of countries and settings including Japan, the Czech Republic and the UK. His teaching philosophy is that adults learn best when they are challenged, the material is applicable to work situations, and sessions are interactive and engaging.