CISM Courses

CISM Training and Education:

2015 CISM Course Schedule

Critical Incident Stress Management: (CISM) Assisting Individuals in Crisis and Group Intervention: Combination Course

Crisis intervention is sometimes called “emotional first-aid.” Crisis interventions are typically done individually (one-on-one) or in groups. The Assisting Individuals in Crisis program is designed to teach participants the fundamentals of individual intervention. The audience for this class includes emergency services, school personnel, and industrial peer support personnel without formal training in mental health, and mental health professionals who desire to increase their knowledge of individual (one-on-one) crisis intervention techniques. The Group Crisis Intervention training program is designed to present the core elements of a comprehensive, systematic and multi-component crisis intervention curriculum. The Group Crisis Intervention course prepares participants to understand a wide range of crisis services including crisis education, significant other support services, on-scene support services, demobilizations after large scale traumatic incidents, small group defusings, and Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD). The need for follow-up services and referrals when necessary is also described. This unique combination course is an intensive crisis intervention training experience. Participants must attend all 3 days for successful course completion.

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Critical Incident Stress Management: (CISM) Grief Following Trauma

In the course of nearly everyone’s life, they will, at some time, encounter people grieving the loss of a loved one from a traumatic event. This course is designed to help both professional and lay people identify characteristics of trauma and traumatic events, the normalcy of traumatic grief reactions, learn good death notification and body identification techniques, become skilled at identifying warning signs of complications, and learn the importance of early interventions and support utilizing the SAFER-R model. Participants will increase their knowledge of how trauma impacts the grief process and will gain skills for evaluating and supporting persons who have experienced traumatic loss. Upon completion, participants will be able to: identify types of traumatic events and the characteristics of trauma and grief; describe normal responses to trauma and normal grief responses; describe factors that may complicate the traumatic grief process; learn practical and effective methods of death notification and preparation for body identification; identify the primary needs of people experiencing grief following trauma; and outline techniques for supporting people grieving a trauma and for self-care.

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Critical Incident Stress Management: (CISM) Strategic Response to Crisis

Knowledge of the sequence of crisis intervention processes and the appropriate use for individuals or groups, and at what times and under what circumstances, is crucial to all effective early intervention programs. This course will present essential information for the assessment of both crisis situations and the effects of critical incidents on individuals involved in those situations. Participants will learn to create an effective plan of action to assist those in crisis. Strategic planning and tactical decision-making and the rationale for choosing one set of crisis intervention processes over another are emphasized. Participants will complete a series of exercises designed to sharpen their assessment and crisis planning skills. This course builds confidence that crisis interventionists will make the right choices of interventions for the populations they are assisting under special circumstances.

Course topics include: strategic planning as it applies to crisis intervention; the elements of the National Incident Management System and relate those elements to crisis intervention; comprehensive, integrated, systematic and multi-component crisis intervention program; the planning process designed to assist the participants in assessing target populations and in determining the type, timing, and resources necessary to assist large numbers of people involved in a crisis; and the most important crisis intervention tactics to apply in a simulated complicated or large-scale crisis event.

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CISM Group Crisis training is a prerequisite.

Critical Incident Stress Management: (CISM) Advanced Group Crisis Intervention

The CISM: Advanced Group Crisis Intervention training program has been designed to offer the experienced provider the latest information on critical incident stress management techniques and post-trauma syndromes. Special emphasis is placed on troubleshooting difficult and complex situations. This training session meets the requirements of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation.

Course topics include: crisis intervention concepts, rationale for CISM, post traumatic stress syndromes, research findings, troubleshooting common problems, dealing with difficult debriefings and defusings, mass disaster applications, and application exercises.

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Group Crisis Intervention training is a prerequisite.

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