The Arizona Coalition for Healthcare Emergency Response (AzCHER) will be offering Group and Individual Critical Incident Stress Management Peer Team Training for Crisis Intervention in May and June, in the Tucson area. Courses will be taught by Tom McSherry of Crisis Preparation and Recovery.
As crises in the workplace and community disasters are becoming more frequent, the need for effective psychological crisis response capabilities becomes obvious. Crisis intervention programs are recommended and even mandated in a wide variety of community and occupational settings (Everly and Mitchell, 1997). Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) represents a powerful yet cost- effective approach to deal with the resultant psychological, emotional, and spiritual effects from a crisis.
What is CISM? CISM is a confidential, peer driven/mental health supported, comprehensive, integrative, multi-component crisis intervention system. CISM is considered comprehensive because it consists of multiple crisis intervention components, which functionally span the entire spectrum of a crisis. CISM interventions range from the pre-crisis phase through the acute crisis phase, and into the post-crisis phase. CISM is also considered comprehensive in that it consists of interventions which may be applied to individuals, small functional groups, large groups, families, organizations, and even communities. The core components of CISM are listed below:
- Pre-crisis preparation
- Strategic Planning
- Organization consultation
- Respite Centers (for disasters)
- Rest Information Transition Services (RITS) (for large scale events)
- Crisis Management Briefings (CMB)
- Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD)
- One-on-one crisis intervention
- Pastoral crisis intervention
- Family crisis intervention
- Follow-up and referral
This training will help your facility to create and maintain a CISM Peer Team for both Individual and Group debriefing.