Critical Incident Stress Management Team (CISM)
Exposure to Trauma on the Job
Safe Harbor's Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Team is a partnership between mental health and emergency medicine (EMS) staff.
We help EMS and other high-risk workers who often have exposure
to trauma on the job.
CISM helps you:
- Heal from the trauma.
- Return to daily life.
- Avoid the long-term effects of traumatic stress.
Stress Management Services for EMS and Other High-risk Workers
The Erie County CISM Team provides:
- Pre-Crisis Prep — educational programs including stress management, critical incident stress, disaster response, and more.
- Large Group Briefings/Demobilizations — education on stress reactions and coping techniques to groups indirectly exposed to traumatic events.
- One-on-One Crisis Intervention — one-on-one trauma and crisis intervention and information.
- Debriefings (CISD) — a group meeting and discussion about a critical incident to
lessen the impact of the event and promote recovery. A specially trained team run the meetings, one to 14 days after the event.
- Defuse Meetings — a small group meeting shortly after a critical incident (often three to eight hours).
- Family and Organizational Support — CISM can tailor an array of services for significant others
of those who have had a critical incident. We can also offer services to the companies where they work.
- Follow-Up — phone calls, station visits,
one-on-one services, referrals, and any other needed programs.
To learn more, call the Erie County CISM Team at (814) 451-2322.