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Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM). American Military University Daytona Beach Police Department Chuck Russo, PhD Carrie Courtney, RCSWI. CISM. Definition of a Critical Incident The Role of CISM What CISM Does Not Do How CISM Helps the First Responder Return.

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Critical Incident Stress Management

(CISM)

American Military University

Daytona Beach Police Department

Chuck Russo, PhD

Carrie Courtney, RCSWI

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CISM
  • Definition of a Critical Incident
  • The Role of CISM
  • What CISM Does Not Do
  • How CISM Helps the First Responder

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definition of a critical incident
Definition of a Critical Incident

A critical incident is defined as:

  • A sudden or disturbing event
  • That generates a strong emotional and cognitive reaction
critical incidents
Critical Incidents

Examples encountered in may include:

  • Officer involved shootings
  • Line of duty injuries
  • Line of duty deaths
  • Incidents when a child is a victim
  • Incidents involving death/serious injury to others
  • Disasters
  • Employee suicide
what is cism
What is CISM

CISM is:

  • Early psychological support for First Responders
goals of cism
Goals of CISM
  • To mitigate the impact of the event
  • Facilitate normal recovery processes
  • Restoration to adaptive function
role of cism
Role of CISM

To provide:

  • Temporary
  • Active
  • Supportive
  • Confidential

Assistance to aid the individual in crisis

what cism does not do
What CISM Does Not Do

CISM is NOT a function of/to:

  • Professional standards/internal affairs
  • Determine fitness for duty
  • Determine if policy was followed
  • Determine if state law was followed
  • Pass judgment on someone’s actions
how cism helps first responders
How CISM Helps First Responders

CISM helps by providing:

  • One-on-one peer support
  • Demobilization of information
  • Crisis management briefings
  • Defusing
  • Critical incident stress debriefings
one on one peer support
One-on-One Peer Support

Peer support is provided to individuals:

  • Mitigate symptoms
  • Return to previous level of functioning
  • Provide referrals if needed
responding to critical incidents
Responding to Critical Incidents

This occurs:

  • At anytime post crisis
  • To inform and consult
  • Provide psychological decompression
  • Stress management
  • Typically occurs in large groups/organizations
defusing
Defusing

This occurs:

  • Post crisis (within a12 hour time period)
  • To address symptom mitigation
  • To assist with providing possible closure
  • Triage of services and presenting symptoms
  • Typically occurs in small groups
critical incident stress debriefing
Critical Incident Stress Debriefing

This occurs:

  • Post crisis (occurs within 1-10 days, 3-4 weeks following mass disasters)
  • Facilitates psychological closure
  • To address symptom mitigation
  • Triage of services and presenting symptoms
  • Typically occurs in small groups
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CISM
  • Is for the employee experiencing a normal reaction to an abnormal event
  • Is to help the employee recover quicker from such an event
  • Is temporary, active and supportive
  • Is confidential
questions
Questions

Questions concerning CISM should be directed to:

Daytona Beach Police Department CISM Team

Chuck Russo, PhD

386-527-2462

russoc@dbpd.us

Carrie Kahn Courtney, RCSWI

386-671-5418

courtneyc@dbpd.us