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Critical Incident Stress Management
What is a Critical Incident?
A Critical Incident is any situation that causes strong emotional reactions which have the potential of interfering with an individual's ability to function (at school, at work, in the community, within the family). Critical incidents may include robbery, assault, suicide, homicide, natural disasters (e.g. a tornado), terrorist attacks, or any other incident that overwhelms people's ability to cope.
What is Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD)?
CISD is a structured process that provides a confidental group environment in which affected individuals can share their experiences during and after an incident.
The CISM debriefer works to normalize reactions, encourage connection with emotional support systems (at work, in the community, and at home), instruct on appropriate self-care, and assess the need for follow-up services in the days immediately following the event.
What symptoms might people experience following a critical incident?
People may experience:
What is the goal of CISD?
The goal of CISD is to facilitate the quick return of individuals to their pre-incident level of functioning.
Who can provide Critical Incident Stress Debriefings?
Critical Incident Stress Debriefings are provided by mental health
professionals who have been trained in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM).
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