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Critical Incident Stress Management Peer Team Training

May 16, 2023 - June 14, 2023

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.  The May classes will cover Group Intervention and the June classes will cover Assisting Individuals in Crisis.

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)
  • Defusing
  • 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.

CISM Class Locations in Tucson          Note: You will need to bring your own lunch or be prepared to drive for food options.

The May classes will cover Assisting Individuals in Crisis and the June classes will cover Group Intervention.

Pima County Health Department Toole Warehouse: 350 S. Toole Ave, Tucson, Arizona 85701

  • May 16 & 17, 7:30am-5:00pm – capacity for 25 people. THIS COURSE IS FULL Please contact Cheryl Hewlett at to be placed on a wait list.

Abrams Public Health Center: 3950 S. Country Club Rd, Tucson, Arizona 85714

  • May 30-31, 7:30am-5:00pm – capacity for 25 people
    • May 30, 1st floor big room (rooms 1106-1108)
  • June 13-14, 7:30am-5:00pm – capacity for 25 people,
    • June 13, 1st floor, (room 1104)
    • June 14, 3rd floor north end (rooms 3108-3110)

Please register with Cheryl Hewlett at


May 16, 2023
June 14, 2023
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