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As we’ve discussed in several past blog posts, critical incident training is imperative for those in a position of management in just about every field. While critical incident stress is more common among the military and first responders, it’s certainly not isolated to these industries.

These days, sadly, everyone from office workers to school teachers must be prepared to help their subordinates and peers deal with critical incident stress.

Understanding Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)

Critical incident stress management is a system of activities and policies that seen to intervene in the lives of a community following an unusual or stressful event. The purpose of CISM is to prevent long-term psychological damage as the result of a critical incident.

How CISM Works

CISM should only be carried out by those who have undergone professional critical incident training through a qualified peer support program. After pre-crisis preparation, the most important element of any CISM program is the critical incident stress debriefing (CISD).

“CISD is a major component of the CISM crisis intervention system,” explains GoodTherapy.org. “This seven-phase intervention attempts to mitigate traumatic stress, determine the need for further mental health treatment, and assemble a sense of psychological closure about an incident.”

For more information about the importance of CISM, as well as critical incident training so that you can carry out CISD in your own peer support program, contact us today.

We’d be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about critical incident management techniques that can make a difference in the lives of your coworkers and employees.