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Critical Incident Stress Management
Date: 9/9/2014 - 9/11/2014
Location: Fargo
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Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) is a three day course being presented as a joint effort between the North Dakota Department of Health and the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services.

The CISM Training will be held at the Fire Station 6, 4630 15th Ave N., Fargo, ND. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. September 9-11, 2014 . In-state participants that travel a distance of >50 miles are eligible for reimbursement according to state policy/rates for lodging and per diem. Each participant is responsible for making their own reservations. We have not reserved a block of rooms. Mileage is not reimbursable.

Registrations will close at COB Friday, August 29, 2014. The maximum number of students allowed for this training session is 30.

As crises and disasters increase in the state, the need for effective crisis response capabilities becomes obvious. CISM is a comprehensive, integrative, multicomponent crisis intervention system. CISM is considered comprehensive because it consists of multiple crisis intervention components, which functionally span the entire temporal spectrum of a crisis. CISM interventions range from the pre-crisis phase through the acute crisis phase, and into the post-crisis phase.

Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD) refers to a 7-phase, structured group discussion, usually provided 1 to 10 days post crisis, and designed to mitigate acute symptoms, assess the need for follow-up, and if possible provide a sense of post-crisis psychological closure. Defusing is an immediate one-on-one crisis intervention/counseling or psychological support throughout the full range of the crisis spectrum.

The course is applicable to responders from every discipline that would need to respond to and provide stress management services to responders involved in any critical incident. Participants will learn practical skills and techniques in order to assist their fellow responders in dealing with crisis situations. The course includes lectures and practical scenarios designed to prepare the student to effectively facilitate a debriefing(s).

Target Audience: This course has been developed for local and state responders who may be required to facilitate CISM. Course participants include emergency responders from the following disciplines: Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Fire Service (FS), Law Enforcement (LE), Chaplaincy, Acute Health Care Professionals, and Communications.

Prerequisite: Students who attend this training must agree to serve as a volunteer on the ND state CISM team for a period of at least 3 years. Team members will be expected to respond within their respective region when called upon. Team members will be placed on a rotating roster so as not to create an inconvenience or overburden the volunteer. Any travel expenses incurred while responding as a team member will be reimbursed upon submission of appropriate paperwork.

Attendance Requirements: Participants are required to attend all three days of the course.

By registering for this course, I agree to serve on the state CISM team for a period of at least 3 years.

Contact Dan Sweeney at 701-355-1889 for additional information or questions.

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This site updated as of 10/31/2014.