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Living Healthy in Southern Illinois – “Critical Incident Stress Management Training”

The Clinton County and Washington County Health Departments are offering a special training for the community in Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM). This training is being provided by the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF), Academy of Crisis Intervention, out of Maryland on August 3, 4 and 5, 2017. ICISF will be providing their two core courses, “Assisting Individuals in Crisis” and “Group Crisis Intervention” over the three days at the Carlyle Fire Protection District Fire House, 431 Franklin Street in Carlyle. This training is be being provided free of charge to the community thanks to a grant from the National Association of County and City Health Officials.

Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) is designed for individuals working in Business & Industry, CERT/MRC, Crisis Intervention, Disaster Response, Education, Emergency Services, Employee Assistance, First Responders, Healthcare, Homeland Security, Mental Health, Military, Public Health, Spiritual Care, and Traumatic Stress.

This is NOT psychotherapy. CISM is a specialized acute, emergency mental health intervention requiring specific training. The fundamentals of crisis management will be covered and participants will leave with the knowledge, tools and protocols to provide one-on-one crisis intervention as well as group crisis techniques for demobilizations, defusings, and debriefings. Participants completing all three days will receive a certificate and will be eligible to sit for the certification exam. (More information will be provided to participants.)

One of the goals of this training is to form a community trauma team that would be available to help individuals deal with the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors they have after a traumatic incident such as an industrial accident, serious injury or death, suicides, community violence, or natural disasters. Services may include: individual or small group sessions to discuss thoughts and reactions to the incident, education on stress management, crisis debriefing and grief counseling, teaching coping skills and new behaviors to manage stress, development of action plans, identification of community support resources, and follow-up referrals for those needing professional intervention. These services are provided by local volunteers at no cost to the community and are designed to provide emotional support and crisis debriefing to lessen the potential for adverse emotional effects. Interested volunteers will have the opportunity to practice their new skills at a community exercise in April 2018.

For more information or to sign-up for the class, please call the Clinton County Health Department, Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response, 618-594-2723, ext. 330. Seating is limited and the deadline for registration is August 1.

Living Healthy in Southern Illinois” is a weekly update on health topics affecting residents living in Southern Illinois. It is presented by the Clinton and Washington County’s Health Departments, the South Central Illinois Medical Reserve Corps, and the South Central Illinois Healthcare Coalition.

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