Course Number:   R2 236

Description:  Advanced Level Crisis Response Team Training

This course helps those who have completed the BASIC CRT course to better understand the intellectual foundations of the NOVA Crisis Response Team Training™ mode and perfect necessary skills in applying the model. This 24-hour ADVANCED course builds upon the essential NOVA CRT protocols with current best practices and in a “refresher” training context.

R2 236 Adv CRT Agenda

R2 236 Adv CRT Flyer 101320BoiseID

Date:  October  13 – 15, 2020

Time:   0800-1700

Credit Hours:  24 hours

Location:     Ada County Sheriff’s Office Training Room A
7200 Barrister Drive, Boise, ID 83704

COST:   $420.00    PAYABLE TO:  NOVA National Organization for Victim Assistance

(Attendees are responsible for meals, travel, and/or lodging)

Deadline:  September 21, 2020

Instructor:  Roger Rogers

Registration Details:   www.trynova.com or send registration form to cry@trynova.org     R2 236 CRT REGISTRATION form

Remarks:    Do not send registrations to POST.

Morning and afternoon refreshments will be offered; with lunch on your own.
Contact Cydney Shubin, Training Coordinator 208-577-3563 or cshubin@adacounty.id.gov for site information or hotel recommendations.


R4 Crisis Intervention Team(CIT)- Idaho Falls CANCELLED

Course Number: R4236

Course Description:

This course is to help law enforcement professionals deal with people in mental health crisis. For more information- 2020 CIT Academy Save the Date Flyer

Training topics include:

  • Housing Resources
  • Adult Protective Services
  • The Revolving Door
  • Protective Custody Holds
  • Overview of Idaho Crisis System
  • Protective Custody Risk Assessment
  • Involuntary Treatment
  • Suicide Mind & Panic Response
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Co-Occurring Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder & Thought Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Mental Health Voices
  • First Responder Wellness
  • Case Scenarios

Dates: April 6-10, 2020

Times: 0800-1700

Credit Hours: 40

Location: College of Eastern Idaho, 1600 S. 25th E., Idaho Falls, ID, 83402 Building 6 (Health Education)

Cost: FREE

(Attendees are responsible for meals, travel, and/or lodging)


Instructor(s): Bonneville County Sheriff, Chief Deputy Sam Hulse, Dr. John Landers, Timothy Thompson LCSW, Marcy Sprague LCPC, Craig Anderson LCSW, Dr. Daniel Weinrich, Whitney James LCPC, Jessica Waldron LCPC, Bonneville County Probation Officer Dustin Park, Dr. Janet Allen, Melanie Flowers LCSW

Remarks: To register for this course contact Bonneville County Sheriff’s Deputy Sergeant Doug Metcalf at dmetcalf@co.bonneville.id.us, or by phone at 208-529-1350 ext. 1158

R4 FBI Regional Crisis Negotiation Course- Pocatello FREE CLASS

Course Number: R4224

Course Description:

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is conducting a 40 hour Regional Crisis Negotiation Course, designed to provide law enforcement officers with a basic understanding of the philosophy and components of effective crisis negotiation.  The course combines classroom learning and practical exercises.  The classroom instruction will focus on fundamentals of crisis negotiation, active listening skills, the tactical role of the negotiators, suicide assessment and intervention, high risk indicators and team protocol.  Practical exercises are incorporated into the course.  These involve a variety of scenarios designed to encourage the use of active listening skills in a variety of crisis settings.  The course instruction is provided by members of the Salt Lake City FBI’s Crisis Negotiation Team.

Dates: March 16-20, 2020

Times: 0800-1700

Credit Hours: 40

Location: Bannock County Sheriff’s Office, 5800 S. 5th Ave., Pocatello, ID 83204

Cost: FREE

(Attendees are responsible for meals, travel, and/or lodging)

Deadline: March 2, 2020

Instructor(s): TBA

Remarks: To register, contact Bannock County Sheriff’s Office Captain Kathleen Ballard at 208-236-7144 or email at kathleenb@bannockcounty.us

Class is limited to 24 participants

R4 Verbal De-escalation and Crisis Communication- Idaho Falls

Course Number: R4110F

Course Description:

Today’s scrutiny placed upon police officers and other first responders have resulted in a growing need to master verbal conflict and crisis communication skills. When verbal encounters become adversarial and escalate, they can often lead to controversial use of force issues. When many of these incidents are reviewed the officer is often scrutinized for their lack of de-escalation techniques. Verbal de-escalation has become an essential training issue in law enforcement and was included in The National Consensus Policy on Use of Force (January 2017). The policy is the result of collaboration between 11 agencies, including the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP). Although no training can ever reasonably be expected to stop all incidents in escalating to use of force, many citizens and communities have begun to expect officers receive training and when possible apply verbal de-escalation strategies.

This course is designed to help individuals working in law enforcement, corrections as well as EMT’s Fire Fighters, and others understand and deal with individuals who are agitated or in crisis.

Attendees will learn that communicating verbally during a potential force encounter may aid in stabilizing the situation. Verbal de-escalation may reduce the immediacy of the threat so that more time, options, and resources can be called upon to resolve the situation.

Attendees will learn many of the same skills Crisis/Hostage negotiators use to de-escalate, build rapport, and move the subject agitation/crisis towards the rational communications that benefits everyone involved.

Attendees will also learn how to become more effective listeners which in turn will make individuals better officers, report takers, and overall better communicators. This can aid in the reduction of officer complaints and possibly in some instances even use of force issuies.

At the conclusion of this course, the participant should be able to do the following:

  • Understand what happens physiologically when subjects are agitated or in crisis.
  • Techniques that are effective in getting the subject to think and act rationally
  • Know how to develop and maintain rapport.
  • Employ active listening skills to deescalate the subject and work towards gaining compliance.
  • How to persuade individuals to cooperate without the use of force.
  • Move beyond basic verbal commands to actual problem solving dialog with persons in extreme crisis
  • Understand the steps needed to effect behavioral change.
  • Understand and recognize body language and facial expressions
  • Understand the benefits of listening and letting the subject “Tell their story”

Understand the potential benefits of slowing things down and using time to de-escalate

Dates: February 20-21, 2020

Times: 0800-1700

Credit Hours: 16

Location: Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office Training Annex, 577 D St. Idaho Falls, ID 83402

Cost: $325.00

(Attendees are responsible for meals, travel, and/or lodging)


Instructor(s): Lt. Mark Lowther (ret.)

Remarks: Register via the PATC website located here- https://www.patc.com/training/register.php?ID=16846


R2-144 CISIM Crisis Intervention-Nampa

Course Number:    R2-144

Description:  CISIM training – Assisting Individuals in Crisis and Group Crisis Intervention

Crisis Intervention is acute emergency mental health intervention which requires specialized training.   Crisis intervention is sometimes called “emotional first aid”.

Designed to present the core elements of a comprehensive, systematic and multi-component crisis intervention curriculum, this course will prepare participants to understand a wide range of crisis intervention services for both the individual and for groups.

Fundamentals of Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) will be outlined and participants will leave with the knowledge and tools to provide several group crisis interventions, specifically Demobilizations, De-fusings and the Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD). The need for appropriate follow-up services and referrals when necessary will also be discussed.

Program Highlights

  • Psychological crisis and psychological crisis intervention
  • Resistance, resiliency, recovery continuum
  • Critical incident stress management
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Basic crisis communication techniques
  • Common psychological and behavioral crisis reactions
  • Putative and empirically-derived mechanisms
  • SAFER-Revised model
  • Suicide intervention
  • Relevant research findings
  • Large group crisis interventions
  • Small group crisis interventions
  • Adverse outcome associated with crisis intervention
  • Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD)

Dates:   February 10th through 12th 2020

Time:    0800 – 1800

Credit Hours:   36


Nampa Police Department
Hugh Nichols Public Safety Building
820 2nd Street South
Nampa, Idaho 83651

Cost:   $225.00

Payable to:  Nampa Police Department

(Attendees are responsible for meals, travel, and/or lodging)


Instructor:   Ron Winegar, Deputy Chief Boise Police Department

Registration Details:  

E-mail Jason Cantrell at  mailto:cantrellj@cityofnampa.us or call 208-761-9182


Remarks:   Do not send registrations to POST

For additional information regarding the training facility or local accommodations, e-mail Jason Cantrell cantrellj@cityofnampa.us  or call 208-761-9182