Crisis & Critical Incident Stress Management

Critical Incident Stress Management or Debriefing (CISM or CISD) is a service provided to help alleviate the psychological, physical, behavioral, and emotional effects that may occur during and after a traumatic event. The stress may be delayed for days, even weeks, after the event has occurred. A traumatic event can be defined as a major life-threatening incident, such as a bank robbery, a shooting, a death, or a natural disaster. Once informed of the traumatic incident, the CISM team is formed. This team utilizes interventions with the people directly, and sometimes indirectly, involved in the traumatic event. A group of these individuals are gathered to be “debriefed” and this helps to normalize and validate their feelings regarding the event. Members of the group are then educated on signs of overwhelming stress, coping skills and stress management, and assessed for further treatment if necessary. For further information, please contact us by phone or e-mail.