Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)
What is CISM?
Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) provides a 24/7 coordinated crisis intervention service following a traumatic event that has had an overwhelming impact on a group. The objective is to reduce negative impacts of an event on the groups and individuals involved. The CISM Team is comprised of volunteers who provide consultation services for members of our community impacted by crisis.
What is a Critical Incident?
A critical incident is an unusual, traumatic event that has an impact on groups of people and may overwhelm their ability to cope.
Line of duty death
Work site death
Near miss accident
Unusual nature of tragedy
Significant media attention
Well known victim
Visually traumatizing events
The CISM Team may provide the following services:
Coordination of resources
Information Meetings (briefings)
The PACE CISM Team does NOT provide the following services:
Crisis line services
A few common signals of a stress reaction:
|fatigue||uncertainty||grief||inability to rest|
|nausea||hyper vigilance||panic||intense pacing|
|fainting||suspiciousness||denial||loss of appetite|
|weakness||poor abstract thinking||depression|
|chest pain||poor concentration||intense anger|
Things to try
Appropriate physical exercise combined with relaxation and nutrition – structure your time – keep busy – talk to people – reach out – maintain as normal schedule as possible – don’t label yourself crazy – keep a journal – ensure plenty of rest – spend time with friends – stay away from alcohol and/or drugs – give yourself permission to feel rotten and share your feelings with others – do things that feel good to you – don’t make any “big” life decisions – eat well balanced & regular meals
CISM Team Objectives
STABILIZE individuals and groups to prevent escalation of stress reactions
MITIGATE acute signs and symptoms or stress
RESTORE individuals to adaptive functioning
FACILITATE access to higher level of care in necessary