The Connecticut CISM Team is an
International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF)
HOTLINE TEAM #16 as listed on the ICISF website.

Critical Incident Stress is a normal reaction to an abnormal event. 

The Connecticut Critical Incident Stress Management (CTCISM)Team is a volunteer,
not-for-profit organization available to provide sup
port following a critical incident event.
The team is also available for
Critical Incident Stress Management 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. 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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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.

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

    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 - 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.

    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.