Psychological first aid should be immediate, innovative and flexible using multiple interventions adapted to meet the needs of diverse organizational cultures and workers facing myriad challenges. I am an approved Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) instructor who uses group and/or one-on-one resilience and process guided models to provide a supportive service. This is not a “one size fits all” service. I choose from a range of interventions to best respond to critical incidents such as layoffs, natural disasters, transportation accidents, terrorist attacks or crime on property. Guided by my extensive training, which has been fortified by certification in trauma response by Johns Hopkins, I have provided successful interventions to first responders, federal agencies, companies, hospital workers and first responders that are designed to:
- Provide education on stress reactions and symptoms
- Enhance resiliency and build coping skills
- Promote employee cohesion
- Offer referral sources for further help
- Normalize stress response
Critical incidents are inevitable in any type of business or industry. Having a rapid CISM response can help your company or organization manage associated risks more effectively and inexpensively. CISM interventions can help reduce job stress and burnout, promote employee wellness and decrease utilization of sick time and health care benefits creating the shift from crisis to stabilization. Most of all, an organization can use a CISM team to reinforce a healthy working environment, atmosphere of team work and sense of company support. Please remember that CISM is not psychotherapy nor is it a replacement for psychotherapy.
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