Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) | The Village Family Service Center

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Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)

Critical Incident Stress Management, or CISM, is an intervention protocol developed specifically for dealing with traumatic events. It is a structured process for helping those involved in a critical incident to share their experiences, vent emotions, learn about stress reactions and symptoms, and be given referral for further help if required. It is not psychotherapy. It is a confidential, voluntary and educative process, sometimes called “psychological first aid.”

First developed for use with military combat veterans and then civilian first responders, it has now been adapted and used virtually everywhere there is a need to address traumatic impact in peoples’ lives.

There are several types of CISM interventions that can be used, depending on the situation. Variations of these interventions can be used for groups, individuals, families and in the workplace.

For more information, contact The Village at 800-627-8220.

Source: CISM International

Group discussion can be part of Critical Incident Stress Management