What is CISM?
First responders often encounter traumatic events in the line of duty. Firefighters, police officers, and emergency medical personnel can have experiences that significantly impact their lives. While any person may experience a critical incident, conventional wisdom says that first responders are at a greater risk of suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) is designed to help first responders deal with their trauma one incident at a time by allowing them to talk about the incident when it happens without judgment or criticism. The program is peer-driven, and the people giving the treatment may come from all walks of life, but most are other first responders
or work in the mental health
field. All interventions are strictly confidential. The only caveat to this is if the person doing the intervention determines that the person being helped is a danger to themself or to others. The emphasis is always on keeping people safe and returning them quickly to more normal levels of functioning.
Beaver County CISM is sponsoring a certification training as a refresher course for present CISM members, and also in an attempt to bring more first responders into the CISM team. If you are a first responder and have an interest in being part of a team to support other first responders deal with traumatic events, please consider enrolling in this training.]]>