The Canadian Critical Incident Stress Foundation

Canadian Critical Incident Stress Foundation 

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Welcome et Bienvenue to the C.C.I.S.F

The CCISF is a national charitable organization dedicated to the mitigation of disabling stress and the fight against Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. We are Canada's leader in providing organizational support, education, team development, training and family support for our Emergency Services.

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Canadian Critical Incident Stress Virtual Congress

April 13-15, 2021

In consideration of the on-going developments with COVID-19 and after thoughtful discussions with our Board of Directors and Congress organizers, the CCISF has decided to move our 2021 Canadian Critical Incident Stress Congress to a virtual experience. We believe this is the safest approach for the well-being of our attendees, speakers, and staff and are excited that a virtual event makes it possible to broaden our reach and provide learning opportunities and engagement nationally. 

Attendees will be able to participate virtually in vital conversations, EXPLORE emerging issues, CONNECT with a diverse group of like-minded individuals, and LEARN from experts in the field of mental health and wellness. Networking is a cornerstone of our congress and attendees will be able to partake in interactive and engaging experiences through our dynamic virtual conference platform. This virtual platform will also have interactive exhibition features and includes plentiful opportunities for sponsorship exposure, all while attendees connect from the comfort and safety of their home or office. 

The Congress agenda will be spread out over 3 days April 13-15, 2021. Best of all, plenaries and breakout sessions will be easily accessible on-demand for conference attendees to view at their own convenience. 

In our mission of “Inspire Change” we hope you will join us to share and grow together.

2020 registrants: If you have paid for the 2020 Canadian Critical incident Stress Congress, we will honour your registration for this upcoming event at no additional charge. Please contact [email protected] for your access code or stay tuned for additional information on how to register.

New registrations: To register, please visit or contact [email protected]

Together we can make a difference!




Offering on-line, on-demand virtual training

The CCISF  is  excited to announce the launch of our new comprehensive  SITT (Supporting Individuals Through Trauma) virtual training.


S.I.T.T. level one is intended for all members of an organization, providing education and information on what is stress, stress response, signs and symptoms, health and nutrition, effective coping mechanisms, how stress impacts our families, and self care. This course builds a foundation for resiliency, improves knowledge of coping strategies, and develops the skills needed in everyday personal and professional lives.  - Certificate of completion will be provided

SITT level two is intended for organizational leaders or aspiring leaders, providing a continuum of training from level one. Topics such as supporting individuals in crisis, understanding the impact, leadership in times of crisis, effective communication, Psychological Health and Safety, return to work-reintegration, and resources will be explored. An important focus will be on selective use of strategies that contribute to a safe and healthy workplace. -  Certificate of completion will be provided

SITT level three is designed specifically for partners, spouses, or companions of first responders. In similar style to SITT level one and two, SITT level 3 has a family focus on understanding stress, how it impacts the first responder and the families, signs and symptoms, and resources are explored. Families are in good positions to recognize changes in their loved one and can assist in early intervention and speed recovery from traumatic stress.  From family education, to health and nutrition, to taking care of yourself and how to help, are all reviewed and explored.

All SITT courses are interactive, engaging, and educational.

In addition to the SITT (Supporting Individuals Through Trauma) training, the CCISF is honoured to be working with several course authors in the development and implementation of numerous other training opportunities, that will be available and highlighted throughout the year. 


For more information about our SITT virtual training portal, click here

Family and children of emergency services

F.A.C.E.S.  is an initiative designed to support front line personnel and their families following trauma.

Camp F.A.C.E.S. Support Camp is an initiative dedicated to surviving families of line of duty death, suicide, or sudden death of a first responder in Canada. As the only national network of surviving families, Camp F.A.C.E.S. provides an opportunity to connection, to share and to grow with guidance and support.

Camp F.A.C.E.S. PTSD Family Retreats are designed to support families impacted by PTSD. With trained personnel, these retreats offer an opportunity for family respite, in a safe and supportive environment.

To read about these and other family supports, please visit


Coming soon!!!! Don’t miss out!!!

In an ongoing effort to provide you with the best online professional development experience, the CCISF is excited to announce the upcoming launch of our Online training portal. The portal is designed to offer consistent, relevant, and educational information for first responders’, front line industries, organizational leaders, family support and more. 

This training hub is great opportunity to receive consistent and valuable information and training on mental health awareness, effective coping strategies, leading in times of crisis, family education, resiliency training and more. 

This new portal is interactive and engaging, and is well-suited for large or small organizations, remotes locations and independent learning, offering an on-demand, convenient and affordable approach to learning.

To find out more please contact [email protected]