The Canadian Critical Incident Stress Foundation
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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.
Thank you for another successful Canadian Critical Incident Stress Virtual Congress!
Thank you to all the speakers', presenters, and attendees that participated in the 2021 Virtual Canadian Critical Incident Stress Congress. It was a huge success, and we are so grateful to all those that made this virtual experience amazing. All sessions that were previously recorded will be available by Monday, May 3rd, 2021. Simply log back into the Congress Website and click the on-demand learning tab. Also, do not forget to check out the Speakers' Resources page for contact info and session materials at www.canadiancongress.info.
National First Responder Day Campaign
National First Responder Day Campaign
New Initiative Encourages Canadians to ‘Show Up’ for First Responders
May 1st is First Responder Day in Ontario, and organizers of the new #ShowUpforOurHeroes project have come together in support of a larger campaign to have this day recognized Canada-wide. After a year in which those working on the front lines have repeatedly shown up for communities across the country, this project aims to bring awareness to the prevalence of post-traumatic stress facing first responders by encouraging Canadians to #ShowUpforOurHeroes.
Social worker, Maureen Pollard, and paramedic, Geordie Heath, co-founder of Love Your Life to Death/#IJustShowedUp are working together with Badge of Life Canada and the Canadian Critical Incident Stress Foundation to recognize the common experience of post-traumatic stress, which impacts the lives of many first responders.
The #ShowUpforOurHeroes initiative is a Post-Traumatic Stress Awareness project with a goal to both educate the public and let first responders working in these high stress fields know their experience is normal. Even with excellent training, knowledge and skills, a post-traumatic stress response can be expected at some point over the span of a career. This project offers hope that recovery is possible and raises awareness of organizations delivering support and services to the people on the front lines across Canada.
As part of this project, Pollard, supported by Murray Foster (Moxy Fruvous, Great Big Sea) of the Toronto Songwriting School, has written the song I’m No Hero, which has been recorded by Foster, Mike Ford and Evelynne Ross. Photos of people working on the front lines across central Ontario have been included throughout the video, which is dedicated to those who show up to help others in times of crisis.
The song and video debuted April 13-15, 2021 during the Critical Incident Stress Virtual Congress, hosted by the Canadian Critical Incident Stress Foundation, as part of the Foundation’s campaign to have May 1st proclaimed National First Responder Day, including all provinces and territories across Canada.
Follow the conversation and join in using #ShowUpforOurHeroes on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
ONLINE VIRTUAL TRAINING!!
Offering on-line, on-demand virtual training
Starting February 1st, 2021, 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, please contact [email protected]
Family and children of
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 www.campfaces.ca
A Canadian National Campaign to Recognize May 1st as First Responder Day Annually
The First Responder Day Act was passed in Ontario in 2013, proclaiming May 1 as a day to acknowledge and honour the service of First Responders.
Join the Canadian Critical Incident Stress Foundation in this movement to recognize the important work done across the frontlines by writing your Member of Parliament to support the movement to make May 1 National First Responder Day.
More information will be posted in the coming days!