Thursday, 1 April 2010

Critical incident stress management

 CISM is an important tool for many in our communities. With two OPP officers dying while on duty this past year, it is important that people around understand the impact this has on the OPP forces, the EMS First Responders, as well as neighbours and the community.

Muskoka has had its share of drownings, and our volunteer firefighters work awfully hard.

Not only does this kind of incident affect the families, but colleagues, as well as witnesses to such horrible incidents. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) affects many people, whether they realize it or not.

With an incident like this, while the tough-guy cop doesn't want help, those who get help understand that debriefing in a post-incident group is a healthy way to explore your feelings.

Article: Critical incident stress management (CISM): A review of the literature


Critical incident stress management (CISM) comprises a range of crisis intervention services that usually include precrisis training, individual crisis counseling, group debriefing, and postincident referral for primary and secondary victims. CISM is utilized to address the aftermath of violent acts, and has evolved from earlier crisis intervention and group psychological debriefing procedures. These approaches have been used throughout the world, and CISM is emerging as a standard of care. This article reviews the literature on crisis intervention, group debriefing, and CISM interventions within a methodological context. Strengths and weaknesses of the literature as a whole are presented. Implications of the findings are discussed.

The critical incident: concepts and interventions

  • Crisis/Critical Incidents
  • Interventions
  • Crisis intervention approaches
  • Group psychological debriefing
  • Critical incident stress management approaches

Of course, there are disputing opinions.

EMS Myth #3: Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) is effective in managing EMS-related stress

However, putting all the stories together, your realize the enormity of these tasks; this is terribly hard work.

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Jul 15, 2008
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Aug 06, 2009
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Nov 30, 2010
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