Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM): Individual Crisis Intervention 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.” Crisis interventions are typically done individually (one-on-one) or in groups. This program is designed to teach participants the fundamentals of, and a specific protocol for, individual intervention. The audience for this class includes both emergency services, military, and business/industrial peer support personnel without formal training in mental health, as well as mental health professionals, who desire to increase their knowledge of individual (one-on-one) crisis intervention techniques. (13 Contact Hours)
Please note that this is a two day class. The topics listed below will be covered over the course of two days.
Day 1: (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
• The concept of CISM as a comprehensive crisis intervention program
• The role of the individual crisis intervention in the comprehensive CISM program
• Terms and concepts relevant to the study of crisis, traumatic stress and crisis intervention
• Differential utilities of selected crisis communication techniques
• Demonstration of selected crisis communication techniques
• Psychological reactions to crisis and trauma
• SAFER protocol for individual crisis intervention and it’s role in comprehensive CISM
• Demonstration of the us of SAFER protocol for individual crisis intervention
Review of common problems encountered while working with individuals in crisis
Day 2: (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)
See the Day 1 list of topics. Day 2 will continue where Day 1 finished.
*By invitation only.
This Community/Compassion Ministries meeting is for certain (ethnic) individuals in the region for the purpose of developing support/participation within the ethnic communities. It will include (but not limited to) the Backpack for Hope in Georgia and Appalachia.
This is a joint project between Associational Missions and Community Missions (Ricky Thrasher).
Lunch provided by Associational Missions.
Stress Management for the Trauma Provider
Stress Management for the Trauma Provider is an important workshop for all who work with traumatized people. This course explores the “Stress Continuum,” the levels of stress including eustress (i.e., beneficial, motivating stress), traumatic stress, burnout, countertransference, compassion fatigue or secondary PTSD, and vicarious traumatization which may occur as a result of helping others.
A discussion of coping strategies for those who work with traumatized children will also be offered. Individual self-report exercises and an experiential group support session will assist the participating trauma provider in assessing their own level of stress through sharing personal experiences with others. Stress management self care techniques will be presented, experienced and discussed. This course is appropriate for all mental health professionals, emergency services personnel, and peer counselors.
Upon completion, participants will be able to: Discuss motivating factors for the work we do as trauma providers; Recognize your own signs and symptoms of stress; Understand the impact of working with trauma survivors; and Discuss burnout, countertransference, compassion fatigue, vicarious traumatization, and critical incident stress.
(13 Contact Hours; 13 CE Credits for Psychologists; 13 PDHs for EAPs; 13 CE Hours for Calif. MFTs & LCSWs; 13 Contact Hours for National Certified Addiction Counselors; OR 1.3 General CEUs from UMBC)* Completion of “Stress Management for the Trauma Provider” and receipt of a certificate indicating full attendance (13 Contact Hours) qualifies as a class in ICISF’s Certificate of Specialized Training Program.
Day 1: (8:30 a.m – 4:30 p.m.)
• Definition of the “Stress Continuum” • Profile of a Trauma Provider/Caregiver • Exercises to assess the individual’s level of eustress • Stress (unavoidable stress from everyday pressures) • Compassion stress • Burnout • Explaining situational stress in personal terms • Countertransference (trauma provider’s wounds triggered by victims)
Day 2: (8:30 a.m – 4:30 p.m.)
• Stress continuum and self-assessment exercises -Compassion Fatigue/Secondary PTSD – Why trauma providers are especially vulnerable to compassion fatigue – Vicarious traumatization (therapist’s inner experience resulting from empathetic engagement with client) • Developing stress resilience • Importance of social support for trauma providers • Group exploration of personal stress experience • Self-care tools to manage stress