WHAT IS CISM?

 

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In summary......

We help in assisting Emergency Service Workers in coping with normal reactions to abnormal events.

What is Critical Incident Stress Management?

Studies show that people who work in Emergency Services, such as fire fighters, police officers, emergency medical technicians, dispatchers and emergency room staff have, 5 to 10 times the suicide rate of the general population. Additionally, they have higher than average problems with alcohol and drug addiction, depression and divorce.

Many people believe these disturbing statistics are attributable directly to the constant exposure to highly traumatic events with which these tireless heroes cope every day.

There are new and highly effective methods of dealing with the trauma experienced by people working in these fields.  This work is exciting because it saves lives, reduces job burnout and turnover and helps these valuable employees remain effective. Providing and  teaching coping skills to these workers helps to maintain continuity and stability in vitally necessary emergency services.  Moreover, helping those who help the rest of us in our time of dire need is the right thing to do.

Critical Incident Stress Management uses a team of trained peers (other firefighters, EMS workers, law enforcement officers, and mental health professionals) to work with emergency service workers after they have experienced an especially traumatic event.  The Team  conducts either debriefings or defusings with the workers and assists them in processing through the event using a prescribed 7- step process.  This process enables workers to deal with the feelings brought about by the incident, encourages them to discuss the event in a confidential environment that is non-judgmental, and teaches them appropriate ways to manage their stress.  This process is highly effective.  Debriefings and defusings typically take place from immediately to within 72 hours following the critical incident and last anywhere from one to three hours.  There is always at least one mental health professional and several peers present from our team, depending upon the size of the group to be debriefed.

 

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