We prepare for Critical Incidents such as an Active Shooter at a School or Place of Worship, an Officer Involved Shooting, an In-Line-of-Duty Death, an Act of Terrorism, or a Natural Disaster. But we don't always prepare for the aftermath of the event. Now is the time to prepare for the aftermath and recovery.
Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) and Acute Traumatic Stress Management (ATSM) are comprehensive, systematic and multi-component crisis intervention programs for individuals and groups. They were developed to
help manage traumatic events within agencies and organizations. CISM/CISD/ATSM are a set of crisis
intervention tactics that are strategically woven together to mitigate the impact of a traumatic event; facilitate
normal recovery processes in personnel, who are having normal reactions to traumatic events; restore individuals, groups and organizations to adaptive function; and to identify people within an organization or agency who would benefit from additional support services or a referral for further evaluation and possibly psychological treatment.
Crisis Intervention is NOT psychotherapy, nor is it a substitute for psychotherapy. It is a specialized acute
emergency "emotional first aid." Shared experiences are the foundation for peer support as they foster the initial
trust and credibility necessary for developing relationships in which individuals are willing to open up and discuss
their problems despite concerns about stigma. The CISM/CISD/ATSM team can provide support within an agency
and the community in situations of critical incidents, such as officer involved shootings, traffic accidents, school shootings, workplace violence, terrorism and natural disasters.
This two-day class utilizes a combination of the CISM/CISD Mitchell Model, the Acute Traumatic Stress Management Model and the FBI Model. It is designed to teach peer support personnel how to accurately assess and effectively intervene with individuals and groups experiencing critical incident stress and trauma. Participants will learn the mechanics of stress and trauma as related to the law enforcement profession and the various reactions that follow. The course is designed to teach students the fundamentals of and a specific protocol for individual and group crisis intervention. The class prepares students to understand a wide range of crisis intervention services including pre and post incident crisis reactions, on-scene support services, crisis intervention for individuals, mobilization after large scale group traumatic incidents, small group and individual defusings and the group intervention process known as Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD). The class will cover ethical principles and standards of peer and crisis intervention practices. Students will learn about the importance of self-care. It encourages team member to have a resiliency plan and to avoid developing compassion fatigue and burnout. The students will participate in role playing exercises and take a written test and receive a certificate of completion at the end of the 16-hour class.