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Critical Incident Stress Management
Date: 9/19/2012 - 9/21/2012
Location: Bismarck
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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.

Two offerings of the course are available, the Bismarck course will be held 9/19/2012 - 9/21/2012.

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). Law enforcement officers who attend this course will receive ND POST Board credits. This course has also been approved by the Department of Health, Division of EMS and Trauma for EMS CEUs on an hour per hour basis.

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, 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.

The workshop will begin at 8:00 AM, and conclude about 5:00 PM each day. The location of the training will be provided once accepted to attend this training.

In-State participants will be reimbursed for meals, and motel according to state rates and policy. Each participant is responsible for making their own reservations. We have not reserved a block of rooms for this activity.

Registrations will close at COB on Friday, August 31st. The maximum number of students allowed for each training session will be 30. Be aware that the selected students will be a balanced mix of individuals from the four regional response regions and disciplines. Registration does not mean a student is accepted into the course. Registrants will be notified of their status, accepted or placed on a standby list.For questions about the course call Bill Brown at 701-425-4518, Dan Sweeney at 701-355-1889 or Ken Jarolimek at 328-8106.

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

This site updated as of 1/22/2018.