Assisting Individuals in Crisis and Peer Support

Crisis intervention is NOT psychotherapy; rather it is a specialized acute emergency mental health intervention which requires specialized training. As physical first-aid is to surgery, crisis intervention is to psychotherapy. Thus, crisis intervention is sometimes called "emotional first-aid." Most crisis interventions are typically done individually (one-on-one). This program is designed to teach participants the fundamentals of, and a specific protocol for, individual intervention and increased Emergency Mental Health Skills. At the completion of this course, participants will be able to: list at least four fundamental principles of crisis intervention; describe common psychiatric symptoms after trauma; demonstrate crisis communication techniques; and list risk factors for suicide. (13 contact hours.)

Completion of the CISM: Individual Crisis Intervention and Peer Support class and receipt of a certificate indicating full attendance (13 contact hours) qualifies as a CORE class in ICISF's Certificate of Specialized Training Program. Go to ICISF course description.

CISM: Individual Crisis Intervention and Peer Support

  • Concept of CISM as a comprehensive crisis intervention program
  • Understanding the role that individual crisis intervention plays in the comprehensive CISM program
  • Basic terms and concepts relevant to the study of crisis, traumatic stress, and crisis intervention
  • Differential utilities of selected crisis communication
  • Psychological reactions to crisis and trauma including common psychopathological conditions
  • SAFER protocol for individual crisis intervention and its role in comprehensive CISM
  • Use of the SAFER protocol for individual crisis intervention
  • Practice in the use of the SAFER protocol for individual crisis intervention
  • Common problems encountered while working with individual in crisis

Call SCLEAP office for time, location and cost. Local law enforcement agencies are invited to use SCLEAP staff and host a training event.


Return to SCLEAP training

Return to SCLEAP home

Copyright 2020 South Carolina Law Enforcement Employee Assistance Program
Site designed and managed by Janet Katz and Joseph Katz, Paladin Services LLC,