This is not another “how to lower your stress” site. It is not about avoiding stress or how to “get over” or “move on” from trauma or grief. It is about performing your best while challenged. It is an invitation to seek balance and connections rather than one-dimensional fixes. If we grimly regard an experience as a horror to be buried and forgotten, we’ll never find or make meaning. If we ignore trauma and pretend that life is all unicorns and sunshine, we’ll discover, sooner or later, that our brains, bodies and souls are holding onto the pain anyway.

Nick Arnett

Nick Arnett, author of the Stress Management and Crisis Response pocket guide, is a Critical Incident Stress Management leader and instructor, fire chaplain, wildland firefighter/EMT and former paramedic with experience in domestic and international disaster response in medical, communications, crisis intervention and chaplain roles. He has led hundreds of crisis intervention responses with the Bay Area CISM Team for schools, the public and first responder agencies, including as a contractor for CAL FIRE. He is a member of the California Fire Chaplain Association, the executive board of the California Peer Support Association, the leadership of CADRE and the Contra Costa County Public Safety Support Association.  He received a Volunteer of the Year award from the Santa Clara County Emergency Managers Association in 2012.

After his time as a medic, he was a journalist in radio, television and print – mostly business newspapers and high-technology publications, with some notable others including CBS News, to which he sold the first accurate account of President Reagan’s condition after he was shot, and Rolling Stone magazine, for which he wrote about music technology. Arnett won first-place journalism awards in 1985 for breaking the news that Steve Jobs was on his way out of Apple Computer. For a few years, he was one of the top industry analysts covering the intersection of computing and multimedia, which led to projects for top management at Apple, Microsoft, IBM and a White House project to add multimedia to the president’s daily security briefing. His occupation for the last 20 years has been product management leadership in the software industry.

Instructor Certificates

  • FEMA – CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Trainer
  • International Critical Incident Stress Foundation – Crisis Intervention
  • American Heart Association – BLS CPR Instructor

Emergency Medicine

  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT/NREMT – E3256118)
    • Licensed/certified in California (E125694), Arizona (E41538243), Wyoming (110258), Colorado (Q180531), Montana (MED_EMT_LIC-66928).
  • Advanced Wilderness Life Support
  • Heartsaver CPR
  • Healthcare Professional CPR
  • Mountaineering Medicine
  • EMT-Paramedic II/Advanced (expired)


  • S-110 Basic Wildland Fire Orientation (NWCG)
  • S-130 Wildland Firefighter Training (NWCG)
  • RT-131 – Wildland Firefighter Annual Refresher (NWCG)
  • Arduous Work Capacity (“Pack Test”)
  • S-131 Wildland Firefighter Type 1 (NWCG)
  • S-190 – Principals of Wildland Fire Behavior (NWCG)
  • S-223 – Fireline EMT/Paramedic
  • S-270 – Basic Air Operations
  • L-180 – Human Factors in the Wildland Service (NWCG)
  • Q-2100 – Wildland Urban Interface Preparedness/Mitigation Series (FEMA/National Fire Academy)
  • WMD/Terrorism Awareness for First Responders (Texas A&M)
  • Confined Space Rescue Awareness (California State Board of Fire Services)
  • Hazardous Materials First Responder Orientation (CSTI)
  • Emergency Vehicle Operations

Crisis Intervention and Ministry

  • Basic Critical Incident Stress Management (POST)
  • Advanced Critical Incident Stress Management (POST)
  • WCPR Advanced Peer Counseling (POST)
  • Ceremonies of Leave-Taking
  • Death and Trauma Notification (POST)
  • QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper
  • Art of Compassion
  • ICISF Group Crisis Intervention
  • ICISF Best Training Practices for the CISM Instructor
  • ICISF Assisting Individuals in Crisis
  • ICISF Advanced Individual Crisis Intervention and Peer Support
  • ICISF Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention
  • ICISF Strategic Response to Crisis
  • ICISF Stress Management for the Trauma Services Provider
  • Federation of Fire Chaplains – Chaplain Essentials
  • Federation of Fire Chaplains – Advanced Chaplain Training
  • Stephen Minister
  • California Peer Support Association Training Conferences 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Emotional Survival for Law Enforcement – Dr. Kevin Gilmartin seminar
  • Psychological First Aid – NCTSN Learning Center

FEMA/Emergency Management

  • IS-1 – Emergency Program Manager
  • IS-3 – Radiological Emergency Management
  • IS-26 – Guide to Points of Distribution
  • IS-100 – Introduction to the Incident Command System
  • IS-120.a – An Introduction to Exercises
  • IS-200 – ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incident
  • IS-244 – Developing and Managing Volunteers
  • IS-317 – Introduction to CERT
  • IS-505 – Religious and Cultural Literacy and Competency in Disaster
  • IS-700 – National Incident Management System (NIMS)
  • IS-800 – National Response Framework
  • IS-909 – Community Preparedness
  • PER-304 – Social Media for Natural Disaster Response and Recovery
  • Medical Reserve Corps – Family Disaster Planning
  • EPO-100 – Introduction to SEMS/NIMS (California Dept. of Public Health)
  • Disaster Service Worker Training (California Dept. of Public Health)

Ham Radio

  • General class license – KJ6FOI
  • Fundamentals of Emergency Communications
  • Field Operations III
  • Net Control in Disasters, Levels I and II
  • Packet Operations IIIA
  • Shadowing LI


  • Competent Communicator
  • Advanced Communicator Bronze


  • FAA – Private Pilot SEL

Agencies Served

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