Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) is a method of helping first responders who have been involved with events that leave them emotionally and/or physically affected by those incidents. CISM is a process that enables peers to help their peers understand problems that might occur after these events. This process helps people prepare to continue to perform their services or in some cases return to a normal lifestyle.
The Nebraska Critical Incident Stress Management Program trains volunteers to provide crisis support to reduce the harmful effects of critical incident stress for; law enforcement officers; firefighters; emergency medical services, corrections, hospitals, and emergency management personnel; and dispatchers.
The core functions of the Nebraska CISM Program are:
- Recruitment and retention of volunteers (training, continuing education);
- Intervention services (defusings, debriefings, demobilizations, Crisis Management Briefing (CMB);
- Prevention (education, consult agencies).
Request a Debriefing
should I call for a debriefing?
Whenever there has been a situation faced by
personnel causing unusually strong emotional reactions that have the potential to interfere
with their ability to function during or after the event.
The CISM program is authorized by the: