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Critical Incident Stress is a normal reaction

to an abnormal event.
 


The CT Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Team is a volunteer, not-for-profit 
organization available to provide support following a critical incident event. 
 
The team is also available for CISM training at your Corps or Department before an incident occurs.

Welcome to our website. Feel free to drop us an email for more information or to inquire about training,
membership or other issues. Info@ctcism.org will get you a reply as quickly as possible.
 
If your need is more urgent or you need an emergency response from the team, you may also call
(800) 734-2473 to have someone paged for information as well. Please do not hesitate to call.
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Board Meeting
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
6:00pm


19 Crest Drive, Cromwell, CT 06416





Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)


The purpose of CISM is to provide a safe opportunity to deal with emotional reactions to a stressful, traumatic event.

Two types of intervention are:
  • Defusing - a group or individual meeting with those involved, directly after the event.

  • Debriefing - a group meeting with those involved, 24 to 72 hours after the event. This will include a mental health professional from our external CIS provider.

Defusing is:
A process to allow those involved to tell what happened and to talk about their reactions and feelings and allow a CISM Defuser to provide information about normal stress reactions, available support services, and details of a possible follow-up debriefing.

Debriefing is:
A process designed to mitigate the impact of a critical incident.
A structured intervention by specially trained members of a Critical Incident Stress Team.
An organized group meeting that allows and encourages those involved in a Critical Incident to openly discuss their thoughts and reactions in a safe, non-threatening environment.
Ideally takes place 24 to 72 hours after the Critical Incident.