Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)


What is CISM?

CISM is a confidential, peer-driven, and comprehensive 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 interventions may be applied to individuals, small functional groups, large groups, families, organizations, and even communities.

Group and Individual/Peer Support Training

This 3-day International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) course combines ALL the content of the 2-day CISM: Group Intervention and the 2-day Assisting Individuals in Crisis courses.

You will learn about:

  • Stress
  • Psychological reactions to crisis
  • Burnout
  • Mechanisms of action and peer support skills
  • SAFER protocol for individual crisis intervention
  • Small group interventions – Critical Incident Stress Debriefings, Defusing
  • Large group interventions – Crisis Management Briefings, R.I.T.S.
  • Respite centers and on-scene support
  • Follow-up/referrals
  • Strategic Planning
  • Taking care of the caregiver



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Suicide Prevention, Intervention and Postvention

Why do people kill themselves? How do I ask someone if they are feeling suicidal? What do I do if they say they ARE suicidal? How do I deal with the strong emotions suicide generates? This course will provide answers to these and other questions many crisis interventionists have about suicide. It will provide participants with basic information about suicide as well as help participants develop practical skills for prevention, intervention, and postvention. Small group role plays will allow participants to apply the suggested techniques as they are learned.


Program Highlights

  • Common myths about suicide
  • Risk factors for suicidal behavior
  • Frequent motivations for suicide
  • Problem-solving methods
  • Effective intervention strategies
  • Elements of effective postvention
  • Elements of survivor grief
  • Community referral sources
  • Feelings and reactions of suicide survivors
  • CISM tools to help the community recover
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