Maumee Valley Guidance Center is offering Critical Incident Stress Management Training to 28 staff members to prepare for possible critical incidents in the Four County area. The CISM training will provide staff with guidelines and tactics for crisis situations.
A critical incident has the potential to result in psychological distress and an impairment of normal adaptive functioning. Examples of a critical incidents include: accidents, explosions, fires, hostage situations, robberies, natural disasters, assaults and/or sudden death. The Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) model is utilized by over 300 communities throughout the United States and in five nations.
Maumee Valley Guidance Center contacted The International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) of Ellicott City, Maryland, to provide a trainer for the group of 28 staff consisting of Masters level counselors & social workers, and Community Psychiatric Support Providers. Dennis Porter, LMSW, FAAETS presented the two day training on July 27-28 at the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center in Archbold.
A grant from the Four County ADAMhs Board has made this training possible for Maumee Valley Guidance Center who provides the CISM Team to the Counties of Defiance, Fulton, Henry and Williams in the event of a Critical Incident. Maumee Valley Guidance Center has been providing this service for the past 10 years in the Four County area.
Maumee Valley Guidance Center is a Community Mental Health Agency that has provided Mental Health Services to Defiance, Fulton, Henry, and Williams Counties since 1960. ICISF is a non-profit, open membership foundation dedicated to the prevention and mitigation of disabling stress through education, training and support. ICISF also focuses on continuing education and training in emergency mental health services and assists in establishing crisis and disaster response programs for various organizations throughout the world.
Individuals involved in a critical incident often report a common core of symptoms, generally referred to as Critical Incident Stress. Some of the more common signs include: Fatigue, Fear, Nausea, Depression, Headaches, Intense Anger, Confusion, Difficulty Concentrating, Sleep Problems, Suspiciousness, Poor Problem Solving, and Grief
Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) is a structured educational and intervention process that focuses on mitigating the impact of a critical incident, reducing the chances of long-term psychological symptoms.
The two-day conference will inform and teach CISM theories and practices to professionals working in the fields of mental health crisis intervention and large-scale disaster mental health relief services. CISM is also a means of early detection for individuals who may be in need of more serious professional mental health services following a traumatic or highly stressful incident.