Jeffrey Mitchell

Clinical Professor of Emergency & Health Services

Dr. Jeffrey T. Mitchell holds an M.A. in counseling psychology from Loyola University in Baltimore, Maryland, and a Ph.D. in human development from the University of Maryland at College Park.  Dr. Mitchell is a Clinical Professor of Emergency Health Services at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). He serves on the Graduate Faculty of UMBC.  He is a certified trauma specialist, Co Founder and past president of the International Critical Stress Foundation, Inc., and served as the clinical director of the Howard County Critical Incident Stress Management Team for 27 years.

Dr. Mitchell is a member of the International Journal of Emergency Mental Health’s editorial board. He also serves on the editorial review board for the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and the Journal of Disaster Medicine. He is an adjunct faculty member at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Previously, he served as an elementary school teacher, an emergency medical technician, a paramedic, a firefighter, and a regional coordinator for the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems (MIEMSS). He specializes in crisis intervention, stress management, and disaster psychology. He teaches an annual introductory stress management program for the Maryland State Police recruits. Dr. Mitchell is the author of 25 books and more than 275 articles on crisis and stress management.  He has taught stress and crisis intervention courses in all fifty states and in 32 other nations. His work is recognized and utilized by the United Nations and he is a member of the working group on stress in the United Nations’ Department of Safety and Security.  He was awarded the Bronze Medal from the Austrian Red Cross for his crisis intervention work after the disastrous Kaprun train tunnel fire in Austria in the year 2000.  He has provided Critical Incident Stress Management support services at over 60 major disasters including the Oklahoma City Bombing, the attacks on America on September 11, 2001, and the El Salvador Earthquake in 1986.  He provided support services to members of the Critical Incident Response Team for the Connecticut State Police in the aftermath of the horrific shootings of young school children and school personnel in Newtown. He provided support to the teachers and staff of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Wednesday - 12:45

Monday - Wednesday Workshops

Workshop Two - Jeffrey Mitchell

Introduction to Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)

Critical incident stress management is an adaptive, short-term psychological helping-process that focuses solely on an immediate and identifiable problem. It can include pre-incident preparedness to acute crisis management to post-crisis follow-up. Its purpose is to enable people to return to their daily routine more quickly and with less likelihood of experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder.

Jeffrey T. Mitchell, Ph.D., is a Clinical Professor of Emergency , Health Services at the University of Maryland in Baltimore County, Maryland and President Emeritus of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. He taught elementary school science for three years. He earned his Ph.D. in Human Development from the University of Maryland. After serving as a firefighter /paramedic he developed a comprehensive, systematic, integrated and multi-component crisis intervention program called “Critical Incident Stress Management.”

He has authored over 250 articles and 10 books in the stress and crisis intervention fields. He serves as an adjunct faculty member of the Emergency Management Institute of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. He is a reviewer for the Journal of the American Medical Association, Psychological Reports: Perceptual and Motor Skills, and the International Journal of Emergency Mental Health. He has been honored by the Austrian Red Cross with the Bronze Medal for his work in Crisis Intervention.


Dr. Mitchell is board certified in traumatic stress and credentialed as a Diplomate and a Member of the Board of Scientific and Professional Advisors of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. He has been approved as a Certified Trauma Specialist by the Association of  Traumatic Stress Specialists. The United Nations has appointed him to the United Nations Department of Safety and Security Working Group on Stress.