Barbara J. Ertl, MS, CTS, LPC, NCC provides the Group Crisis Intervention Skills component of TIG. Barb is an engaging trainer, certified with the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) and has over 30 years of experience as a school social worker. In that capacity, she served as the director of a crisis team that responded to a multi-district area. She provided leadership to the General McLane School District (Edinboro, PA) following the highly publicized school shooting. Barb has consulted with school district personnel throughout the United States on the development of crisis plans and intervention/recovery strategies.

Barb is a Certified Trauma Treatment Specialist and a Fellow of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress. She has been an ICISF instructor since 1994 and on the faculty since 1999 when she co-authored the school curriculum. Barb has 24 years of public safety experience encompassing fire, EMS and law enforcement and is a very proud Marine Corps veteran.