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Upcoming Classes

International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF)

Great Things Coming for 2023!

Classes to be scheduled soon:

GRIN: Ind and Group Combo Class

Pastoral Care 1 & 2 Combo Class

Grief Following Trauma

CISM Applications with Children

Advanced Individual

Advanced Group

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Award at International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) 2019 World Congress

Dr. Tina S. Brookes was presented with the "Excellence in Education & Training Award"

Jama Brookes was invited to give a "Ted-Talk-Like" presentation in a General Session for all attendees on Resilience. Pictured: Dr. Jeff Mitchell, Dr. Tina Brookes, Jama Brookes, Rick Burton, Dr. George Everly

NOTE: Dr Brookes has been invited to present two workshops at the 2023 ICISF World Congress!

Supporting Stressed out Kids with Jon-Isaac Brookes as a co-presenter

KardiaKeepers: A Training in Crisis Response for Churches and Community Groups.

The Academy - National Institute for Crisis Response Training (NICRT), is based in the foothills of North Carolina. It was established in 2008 with the goal of providing quality and affordable training in the full scope of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation's ( ) courses in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM). Our target students were individuals in Western North Carolina whom we envisioned would be equipped and enabled to build local CISM teams that actively support and promote the emotional resiliency of local emergency responders following a critical incident.


We are pleased that this goal has been met and surpassed!


Dr. Tina Brookes’ passion to equip compassionate, well-trained, highly qualified, and experienced CISM responders was contagious and word-of-mouth endorsements for The Academy-NICRT soon expanded  beyond the foothills and mountains of North Carolina. Since 2008, The Academy-NICRT has trained over 2,500 students from 25 U.S. states and 3 countries. 


Students at The Academy-NICRT have a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences in the areas of Emergency Response/Public Safety (Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS, Hospital and Healthcare Centers), Schools, Non-Profit Ministries, Community Agencies, Chaplaincy, Hospice, Churches, Military, Businesses, Pastors, Mental Health, etc. Many of the students at The Academy-NICRT participate in disaster relief work with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Rapid Response Team or HOPE-Animal Assisted Crisis Response Teams .


All students at The Academy-NICRT are encouraged to build a critical incident support team or program in their own ‘corner of the world’. They are challenged when they complete a course at The Academy-NICRT to ‘pass the torch’ and carry the light of crisis response into an often hurt, lonely, dark world. Students at The Academy-NICRT are encouraged to collaborate together as the network of well-trained CISM responders continues to grow and promote healing and resiliency on a global level!



The Academy-NICRT was co-founded by Mike Futrell and Dr. Tina Brookes in 2008 and was located in Lincolnton, NC where El Bethel Baptist Church hosted the courses. Mike serves as the pastor of El Bethel Baptist Church and recently retired as the local Fire Marshall. His administrative contributions and the provision of a host facility were very instrumental to the long-term success of The Academy-NICRT. Much Appreciation!


Dr. Brookes originally served as the Chief Training Officer. In this role she taught the majority of the courses, recruited students nationwide, and invited guest instructors to offer specialty CISM courses. In 2016, Dr. Brookes became the CEO of The Academy-NICRT. Courses will now be hosted at various locations to better meet the needs of the students.

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