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First Response Chaplaincy Event

Advanced Spiritual and Emotional First-Aid for High Trauma Events

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Why attend this event?

Learn to perform urgent spiritual and emotional care.

After an injury, it is essential to stop the bleeding quickly. So it is with trauma. After events like mass shootings, terrorist attacks, catastrophic disasters, and other high-trauma tragedies that can lead to PTSD, it is paramount to have skilled and compassionate caregivers on-scene to provide urgent emotional and spiritual care to victims and survivors.

Emotional trauma can also rise slowly after prolonged periods of stress, such as lengthy times of isolation, on-going economic burdens, and times of intense grief and loss of a familiar way of life. Similar to a slowly clogging artery, this build-up of stress can lead to critical loss of hope, depression, and suicidal thoughts. Now more than ever, it is vitally important to have the necessary tools that lead others out of this darkness.

This unique advanced chaplaincy event is to equip you as a “first-boots on the ground” caregiver after any tragedy or crisis, and prepare you to meet the spiritual and emotional needs of those around you.

All may attend! Participants DO NOT have to be CRI Responders to participate in this event! Regardless of your chaplaincy experience, this course will help you to respond to high-trauma and crisis situations with God’s love and power to help people on their journey with the Lord!

What will be taught at this seminar?

Topics Covered:

  • PTSD Ministry Model Training
  • Ministering Post-Active Shooter
  • Ministering Post-Terrorist Attack
  • How to Overcome Trauma
  • Critical Care Ministry
  • The 7 Step Crisis Ministry Model Review
  • Humility & Chaplaincy
  • Recognizing Lies & Vows During Ministry
  • Ministry and Impact of Today’s Crisis
  • How to join our Chaplain Team
  • How to join our 4CTeam (CRI Critical Care Chaplain Team)*

(* Select Chaplains that can deploy immediately to high trauma events.)

What will I get out of this?

A Transformative Trainee Experience:

  • Learn how to give critical care in high-trauma events
  • Learn how to minister to victims of PTSD
  • Get equipped to respond to mass shooting events
  • Gain deeper healing and learn to release others from trauma
  • Receive tools to minister in times of severe economic distress
  • Enhance your spiritual and emotional first aid techniques
  • Experience the ease of an online format (go at your own pace)

Become a Certified CRI Chaplain

Join our Team!

PLEASE NOTE: Taking this course does not automatically make you a CRI Chaplain.

For those interested in applying to join our Chaplaincy team as an Assistant Chaplain or move to a higher rank such as Field Chaplain or Senior Chaplain, more detailed information and steps on the process will be made available during this event. Basic steps are listed here (In limited instances, the Chaplaincy Department may waive some requirements based on experience/outside credentials):

  1. Complete Crisis Response Training Course 1(online or a live event)
  2. Complete Basic Crisis Chaplaincy and at least one deployment (for Assistant Chaplains)
  3. Complete Advanced Crisis Chaplaincy and at least two deployments (for Field and Advanced Chaplains)
  4. Complete application, interview, and background check
  5. Submit digital photo and references

For questions regarding becoming a chaplain with CRI, please email us at [email protected]. For questions regarding registration for this event, please email [email protected].

Event Speakers

Who You'll Learn From

Mike Hutchings

Mike Hutchings has 35 years of pastoral, church planting and pastoring pastors experience in a variety of church cultures including Baptist, Vineyard, Willow Creek, and Mennonite. In Peoria, Illinois, Mike partnered with the leadership team of a Transforming Revival Pastors’ Group where the city experienced significant transformation through the power of prayer and unity.

Mike conducts “Healing PTSD” training seminars throughout the country, training prayer ministers, clergy, chaplains, and counselors to utilize a healing prayer model to bring restoration to those suffering with PTSD.

He is currently the Director of Education for Global Awakening, an evangelistic ministry in Mechanicsburg, PA. He directs Dr. Randy Clark’s Global School of Supernatural Ministry and the Global Certification Programs. He is passionate about connecting pastors and leaders throughout the body of Christ to come together for transformation in their cities, and he strives to equip others to minister healing and wholeness to the world. He travels to churches and conferences near military bases in the United States, equipping churches to minister healing to those who suffer from PTSD. Mike also conducts weekend conferences on Kingdom Transformation and Transforming Revival. He has been married to his wife, Roxanne for 35 years, and has three children and five grandchildren.

Bob Ossler

Bob Ossler, retired Chicago firefighter and ordained pastor, served as a volunteer chaplain at Ground Zero after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 on the World Trade Center in New York City.

Ossler is author of Triumph Over Terror, written with Janice Hall Heck, a book about his experiences at Ground Zero. He spent a total of forty-five days over a period of four months at Ground Zero after the terrorist attacks. Fifteen years later, after harboring painful memories of the disheartening and disturbing sights he witnessed there, Ossler decided to clear his mind and write Triumph Over Tragedy to show how he conquered his own terrors.

Ossler resides just outside Kissimmee, Florida with his wife Sue and his wonder dog Maya. He also rides with the local police department as a volunteer chaplain on a regular basis.

Sean Malone

Co-Founder, Director, Chairman

After months of prophetic intercession on top of buildings in lower Manhattan, Sean was thrust into rescue efforts at Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks. There he provided lighting for the search and rescue operations due to his background in major motion pictures. In 2005, he and his family moved to New Orleans at the word of the Lord, which landed them there just days before Hurricane Katrina made landfall. They saw a mighty outbreak of God’s power in the wake of the storm, with many signs and wonders following. This is where the seeds for being involved in crisis response work were planted. In 2007 he and his wife Laura officially launched Crisis Response International. Since then, CRI has trained over ten thousand volunteers to reach the harvest in the midst of crisis in the power of the Holy Spirit. He serves as the Director of Crisis Response International with the mission to train and mobilize relief workers and full-time crisis response missionaries to bring God’s power and love to transform communities around the world.

Mary Leonard

Mary Leonard has been a CRI Senior Chaplain and Trainer since the early days of CRI in Kansas City. Her knowledge and enthusiasm make her teachings not only valuable but enjoyable, and her zeal to reach the harvest in crisis is contagious. She and her wonderful husband Bob have been at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City for 15 years. They have 2 kids and 3 grandkids.

Important Information

The finer details...

What is the cost?

Registration info:

  • ONLY $29 for the ENTIRE Online Training Event
  • Personalized access to CRI Academy
  • Go at your own pace
  • Easily keep track of your progress through the event

Many more details can be found on the actual CRI Academy registration page