Group CISM

The Group CISM program is designed to present the core elements of a comprehensive, systematic, and multicomponent crisis intervention curriculum. The two-day course prepares participants to understand a wide range of crisis intervention services including pre and post incident crisis education, significant other support services, on-scene support services, crisis intervention for individuals, demobilizations after large scale traumatic incidents, small group defusings and the group intervention known as "Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD). The Group CISM course specifically prepares participants to provide several of these interventions, specifically demobilizations, defusings, and the CISD. The need for appropriate follow up services and referrals when necessary is also described. Considerable evidence gathered to date strongly supports the multicomponent crisis intervention strategy which is discussed in this course.

The Group CISM course is designed to specifically teach crisis intervention and Emergency Mental Health skills such as demobilization, defusings, and CISD. At the completion of this course, participants will be able to: define stress, CIS, and STSD; list the 10 basic interventions of CISM; and define and describe in detail the CISM group processes of demobilization, defusings, and debriefings. (14 contact hours.)

Completion of the CISM: Group Crisis Intervention class and receipt of a certificate indicating full attendance (14 contact hours) qualifies as a CORE class in ICISF's Certificate of Specialized Training Program. Go to ICISF course description


CISM: Group Crisis Intervention

Day 1

  • General, cumulative, critical incident stress and PTSD
  • High risk populations—emergency services, military, other
  • "Critical Incidents" —death, injury, threat, terror, etc.
  • Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) fundamentals
  • Core intervention tactics
  • Demobilization
  • Defusing of small groups

Day 2

  • Defusing demonstration
  • Essentials of group intervention, Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD)
  • Assessing the need for CISD
  • Factors which enhance CISD success
  • Question/answer

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