Critical Incident Stress Management CISM – We Learn More About The Program Here On Delmarva

Critical Incident Stress Management CISM – We Learn More About The Program Here On Delmarva


C-I-S-M HAS BEEN EXPANDED TO INCLUDE VICTIMS, SURVIVORS, WITNESSES, AND CAREGIVERS. MICHELLE HARDY WITNESSING, OR BEING PART OF, A TRAGIC EVENT IS KNOWN TO HAVE SERIOUS PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECTS. THIS WAS SOMETHING A FORMER PARAMEDIC AND FIREFIGHTER ADDRESSED IN THE SEVENTIES WHEN HE DEVELOPED CRITICAL INCIDENT STRESS MANAGEMENT, OR C-I-S-M. IT )S LIKE A PSYCHOLOGICAL BAND-AID, IF YOU WILL, FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE REGULARLY EXPOSED TO TRAUMA – SUCH AS FIREFIGHTERS AND OTHER FIRST RESPONDERS. C-I-S-M HAS BEEN EXPANDED TO INCLUDE VICTIMS, SURVIVORS, WITNESSES, AND CAREGIVERS. MICHELLE HARDY IS THE DIRECTOR OF THE WICOMICO LOCAL BEHAVIORAL HEALTH AUTHORITY. HEATHER BROWN IS WITH EASTERN SHORE PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES, AND IS ALSO A C-I-S-M INSTRUCTOR. 1. OVERVIEW OF THE PROGRAM. -PREVENTION EDUCATION AND TRAINING. -INTERVENTION TO HELP REDUCE LONG TERM IMPACT BY QUICKLY DEALING WITH SYMPTOMS. -HELP RETURNING TO NORMAL HABITS. -INDIVIDUAL HELP FOR THOSE WHO MAY NEED EXTRA ATTENTION -CISM SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE BEFORE, DURING, AND AFTER AN EVENT THAT CAN CAUSE EMOTIONAL DISTRESS TO THOSE EXPOSED TO THE EVENT. 2. THE PROGRAM “NORMALIZES EMOTIONS.” EXPLAIN THAT. 3. AS FAR AS FIRST RESPONDERS, CAN YOU GIVE US A BETTER IDEA OF THE YOU GIVE US A RESPONDERS, CAN YOU GIVE US A BETTER IDEA OF THE PSYCHOLOGICAL IMPACTS A TRAUMA CAN HAVE ON THEM. 4. THE C-I-S-M PROGRAM ALSO HELPS FAMILIES AND OTHER PEOPLE — IN WHAT TYPES OF SITUATIONS? -DISASTER, MULTI-CASUALTY INCIDENT, DEATH OF A CHILD, DEATH OF A FIRST RESPONDER 5. RED FLAGS THAT MIGHT INDICATE SOMEONE MAY NEED ADDITIONAL HELP OTHER THAN WHAT THEY )LL RECEIVE THROUCH C-I-S-? -OUR TEAM IS RECOGNIZE SIGN AND SYMPTOMS OF WHEN AN INDIVIDUAL WILL NEED MORE SERVICES AND WILL ASSIST IN REFERRING THEM TO A MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL. OUR TEAM IS MADE UP A VOLUNTEERS AND INCLUDES, NURSES, SOCIAL WORKERS, THERAPISTS, CLERGY, COUNSELORS AND FIRST RESPONDERS. 6. HAVE YOU SEEN SUCCESS WITH THIS PROGRAM? 7. HOW CAN SOMEONE REACH OUT TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THESE SERVICES? -WICOMICO SOMERSET CISM TEAM 410-543-6981; AFTER HOURS EMERGENCY 410-543-6996 8. IT )S A FREE PROGRAM.

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