Course 1

CRI Academy is the online extension of Crisis Response International’s disaster relief and crisis response training and certification program. Our vision is to train and mobilize people just like you to crisis situations around the world to bring God's love and mercy where it's most needed.

Course 1 is designed to impart the basic knowledge, values and skills an individual needs to become a CRI Responder. Course 1 includes topics such as basic disaster chaplaincy skills, crisis ministry, disaster first-aid, personal preparedness, deployment protocol and much more. Most of all, you will learn how to meet the urgent practical needs through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Completing Course 1 in CRI academy qualifies you to become a CRI Responder, and as such, you are eligible to deploy with us to disasters and crisis situations domestic and abroad.

Regardless of if or how often you deploy with CRI, this online Academy will help you be much better equipped to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of people in the midst of crisis and disaster anywhere you are.

CRI Academy online courses are designed for individual use only. For information about video seminars for churches or use of CRI Academy for a small group please email criacademy@criout.com.


How it works

Participation in this course requires watching videos, taking notes and completing questions to advance forward. You will need to complete all videos and answer all questions throughout each chapter. To proceed from one chapter to the next, click on the green button in the bottom right corner. Not every video has corresponding questions, but most do. You’ll need to correctly answer 80% of the questions to earn a passing grade. If you answer a question incorrectly, just continue by clicking the green NEXT button and you will have an opportunity to re-answer the question at the end of the quiz if needed. When you see the green check mark next to the corresponding chapter in your navigation menu (located on the left-hand side of the screen), you’ll know you’ve completed it successfully.


The course takes about 16 hours to complete; however, you can work through the course at your own pace! At the end of the course, you will be asked to fill out a brief form in order to create your own personal responder profile in our Responder Level System (if you have not already done so). This will keep track of your online and / or live training events as well as deployments, other achievements so that you are adequately credentialed and receive all CRI Responder benefits and deployment notifications, and updated badges. (See more about the Responder Level System at https://cri.kindful.com/register/rls-2018.)

Course curriculum

  • 1
    1. Intro To Levels
    • Intro - Start Here
  • 2
    2. CRI Vision
    • CRI Vision
  • 3
    3. Introduction to Crisis Ministry
    • Mary Leonard Interview
    • Mary's Intro to Crisis Ministry Notes
    • Ministry in Crisis
    • Ministry In Crisis Quiz
    • Reframing Crisis
    • Reframing Crisis Quiz
    • Called to Go, Called to Stay
    • Called to Go, Called to Stay Quiz
    • Emotional and Spiritual Care
    • Emotional and Spiritual Care Quiz
    • 4 Stages of Emergency Management
    • 4 Stages of Emergency Management Quiz
    • 4 Phases of Disaster Recovery
    • 4 Phases of Disaster Recovery Quiz
    • The Three Rs
    • The Three R's Quiz
    • Mitigation of the Great Falling Away
    • Mitigation of the Great Falling Away Quiz
  • 4
    4. Hand of God in Disaster Care (1 of 4)
    • Tracey White Interview
    • Hand of God in Disaster Care (Part 1)
    • Hand of God in disaster Care (Part 1) Quiz
    • Hand of God in Disaster Care (Part 2)
    • Hand of God in Disaster Care (Part 2) Quiz
    • Hand of God in Disaster Care (Part 3)
    • Hand of God in Disaster Care (Part 3) Quiz
    • Hand of God in Disaster Care (Part 4)
    • Hand of God in Disaster Care (Part 4) Quiz
    • Hand of God in Disaster Care (Part 5)
    • Hand of God in disaster care (Part 5) Quiz
    • Hand of God in Disaster Care (Part 6)
    • Hand of God in Disaster Care (Part 6) Quiz
    • Hand of God in Disaster Care (Part 7)
    • Hand of God in Disaster Care (Part 7) Quiz
    • Hand of God in Disaster Care (Part 8)
    • Hand of God in Disaster Care (Part 8) Quiz
    • 9 - Hand of God in Disaster Care Part 9
    • Hand of God in Disaster Care (Part 9) Quiz
    • Hand of God in Disaster Care (Part 10)
    • Hand of God in Disaster Care (Part 10) Quiz
    • Hand of God in Disaster Care (Part 11)
    • Hand of God in Disaster Care (Part 11) Quiz
  • 5
    5. Seven Steps of Emotional and Spiritual Care (1 of 2)
    • Mary's 7 Step Notes
    • Step #1
    • Step #1 Quiz
    • Meet Basic Needs
    • Meet Basic Needs Quiz
    • Listen (Part 1)
    • Listen (Part 1) Quiz
    • Listen (Part 2)
    • Listen (Part 2) Quiz
    • Listen (Part 3)
    • Listen (Part 3) Quiz
    • Listen (Part 4)
    • Listen (Part 4) Quiz
    • Listen (Part 5)
    • Listen (Part 5) Quiz
    • Listen (Part 6)
    • Listen (Part 6) Quiz
    • Normalize (Part 1)
    • Normalize (Part 1) Quiz
    • Normalize (Part 2)
    • Normalize (Part 2) Quiz
    • Normalize (Part 3)
    • Normalize (Part 3) Quiz
    • Normalize (Part 4)
    • Normalize (Part 4) Quiz
  • 6
    6. Introduction to Preparedness
    • Chuck Reber Interview
    • Introduction to Preparedness (Part 1)
    • Introduction to Preparedness (Part 1) Quiz
    • Introduction to Preparedness (Part 2)
    • Introduction to Preparedness (Part 2) Quiz
    • Introduction to Preparedness (Part 3)
    • Introduction to Preparedness (Part 3) Quiz
    • Introduction to Preparedness (Part 4)
    • Introduction to Preparedness (Part 4) Quiz