A Confident Caring Approach to Crisis
What is CISM?
CISM (Critical Incident Stress Management) is a standardized comprehensive crisis intervention and stress management program. The objective is to reduce negative impacts of an event on the groups and individuals involved.
CISM is voluntary, confidential, and educational. Members of the PACE CISM Team are specifically trained regarding stress reactions, coping, and stress education.
A response is not dictated just because contact was made. It is through discussions and consultation(s) between the Team and the requesting agency that a decision for an appropriate response will be made.
What is Critical Incident?
"A critical incident is an unusual, traumatic event that has an impact on groups of people and may overwhelm their ability to cope."
Line of duty death
Work site death
Near miss accident
Unusual nature of tragedy
Significant media attention
Well known victim
Visually traumatizing events
The PACE CISM Team provides the following services:
Coordination of resources
Information Meetings (briefings)
The PACE CISM Team does NOT provide the following services:
Crisis line services
A few common signals of a stress reaction:
|fatigue||uncertainty||grief||inability to rest|
|nausea||hyper vigilance||panic||intense pacing|
|dizziness||poor problem sol.||irritability|
|weakness||poor abstract think.||depression|
|chest pain||poor concentration||intense anger|
Things to try
Appropriate physical exercise combined with relaxation and nutrition - structure your time - keep busy - talk to people - reach out - maintain as normal schedule as possible - don't label yourself crazy - keep a journal - ensure plenty of rest - spend time with friends - stay away from alcohol and/or drugs - give yourself permission to feel rotten and share your feelings with others - do things that feel good to you - don't make any "big" life decisions - eat well balanced & regular meals -
CISM Team Objectives
STABILIZE individuals and groups to prevent escalation of stress reactions
MITIGATE acute signs and symptoms or stress
RESTORE individuals to adaptive functioning
FACILITATE access to higher level of care in necessary
The following agencies and organizations contribute to the PACE CISM TEAM:
- City of Grande Prairie Fire Department
- City of Grande Prairie FCSS
- County of Grande Prairie FCSS
- County of Grande Prairie Fire Department
- Peace Country Volunteer Fire Departments
- RCMP Victims Services Units
- Grande Prairie RCMP and surrounding Detachments
- Suicide Prevention and Resource Center