Our Instructors

  • Tina Brooks 252x280Tina Brookes Ed.D.

    Tina is a Crisis Response Specialist who has provided consultation, training, and intervention for over 25 years to police, fire, rescue, EMS, hospitals, chaplains, schools, churches, community agencies, and corporations. She has contracted with Dave Grossman, The Counseling Team International, Billy Graham Rapid Response Team, and Samaritan’s Purse International Field Staff. She co-founded The Academy-National Institute for Crisis Response Training, and KardiaKeepers, a nonprofit global initiative to respond to crisis.  

  • Jennifer EllersJennifer Cisney Ellers, MA

    Jennifer is a professional counselor, life coach, crisis response trainer, author and speaker. She speaks extensively and provides training, counseling and coaching in the field of grief, crisis and trauma through the Institute for Compassionate Care. Jennifer is an approved instructor for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, teaching several CISM courses. In addition, she serves as Director of the Grief, Crisis and Disaster Network of the American Association of Christian Counselors and Clinical Director for the Crisis Response Team of the United States Concealed Carry Association. Jennifer is the co-author of The First 48 Hours: Spiritual Caregivers as First Responders and Spiritual and Psychological First Aid, and Understanding Suicide: Effective Tools for Prevention, Intervention and Survivor Support.

  • Kevin Ellers 224x336Kevin Ellers, D.Min.

    Kevin is the Territorial Disaster Services Coordinator for The Salvation Army in the U.S.A. Central Territory. He is also president and founder of the Institute for Compassionate Care, which is dedicated to consultation, education and direct care. Kevin is a chaplain with the Illinois Fraternal Order of Police, serves as faculty for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation, and is an adjunct professor at Olivet Nazarene University. He has extensive training and experience in crisis response, disasters, chaplaincy, pastoral ministries, marriage and family therapy, and social services. As an author and speaker, Kevin teaches broadly on the aforementioned topics. He is author or co-author of The First 48 Hours: Spiritual Caregivers as First Responders, CISM: Grief Following Trauma, CISM: Emotional and Spiritual Care in Disasters, CISM: Spiritual and Psychological First Aid, and CISM: Understanding Suicide: Effective Tools for Prevention, Intervention and Survivor Support.  

  • Charlie GrossCharley W. Gross

    Charley has worked for the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation (CDCR) for over 20 years. He is currently a Correctional Sergeant who instructs cadets. He is a subject matter expert in Peer Support and suicide intervention for CDCR.  Charley serves as a team leader for their Peer Support Program (PSP).  He is a certified instructor with Living Works (ASIST) in their suicide intervention training. Since 2011, Charley has assisted KLOVE radio with their Crisis Response Training (CRT).

  • K.C. Peterson3K.C. Peterson

    K.C. Peterson is a 28 year veteran of the California Fire Service. K.C. co-led the CISM team at Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District, the largest fire district in Northern California.  He has also served as a Supervising Chaplain in the Sacramento Area Fire Chaplaincy and is a former member of the Federation of Fire Chaplains.  He is a CISM Team Developer, helping organizations and areas start and maintain Teams.  K.C. has been instructor for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation since the mid 1990's.  He lives with his wife, Rose, and a big dog in Shenandoah Valley, Virginia.

  • Naomi bio2Rev. Dr. Naomi Paget BCC, FBI Chaplain and Crisis Interventionist, is a certified member of the American Red Cross Spiritual Response Team -Task Force and Divisional Advisor, Denver Seminary Critical Incident Stress Management Team, and Director of the California Disaster Relief Chaplain program.  She is a certified crisis chaplain, instructor and curriculum writer, awarded Fellowship in American Association of Experts in Traumatic Stress /National Academy of Crisis Management, and is serving as the Chairman of the National-Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (National VOAD) Emotional/Spiritual Care Committee. Dr. Paget is a published author and ICISF Approved Instructor for many crisis and trauma courses, consulting for several national and international organizations in various fields of trauma and disaster care. She earned her doctorate from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary where she is an adjunct professor, advisor to doctoral students, and was recently awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award. She received the Lifetime Achievement in Chaplaincy Award from the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma.

    Dr. Paget is a 49 year volunteer with the American Red Cross, a Mission Service Corp. Missionary (SBC/NAMB), and a 32 year veteran of Southern Baptist Disaster Relief.  Naomi is an authorized instructor by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation to teach many CISM courses. She has taught these courses throughout the United States and in several other countries and US territories  including Japan, China, Belize, Dominica, US Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Ukraine, and India – for churches, schools, healthcare, law enforcement, emergency services, disaster relief, corrections, military, faith-based organizations, corporations/business, and other agencies that deal with crisis care.

    Most recently, Dr. Paget was invited to provide training and crisis intervention to Yezedi refugees who are held in Diyarbakir, Turkey. These are the Yezedi refugees who fled from Iraq following the executions, beheading, and slavery inflicted by members of ISIL.

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    Jim Nelms has worked in the fire/EMS service for 30 years. He has been an innovative leader in the development of peer support services and the administration of pre and post incident traumatic stress and mental health support since 1987. He concluded his service as the founder and CEO of the Georgia Critical Incident Stress Foundation. He has led the Henry/Clayton CISM Team from its inception in 1995. He is on the faculty of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation as an instructor. His unique, common sense style of instruction is a welcome insight to the field of traumatic stress.