CISM & Trauma

Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) is the term used for Group Intervention and follow-up when people are suffering from stress caused by a traumatic or Critical Incident. CISM is a Standard of Care and is taught on my course to the standards demanded by ICISF. A critical incident is one where a person's coping skills are overwhelmed by what the person has experienced or witnessed.

People who take this 2-Day course are trained to do :

  • CISM - A Standard of Care
  • Crisis Management Briefing
  • Defusing
  • Critical Incident Stress Debriefing

Examples of people who have taken this course with me:
A&E nurses; Gardai; Military; Navy; College Lecturers and Administration Staff; Staff of College Counselling Departments, Security Personnel, Counsellors; Psychotherapists, Medical Personnel and others.

On completion of the 2-day course participants are given Certificates from the ICISF/ University of Maryland and these count for University of Maryland Credits for anyone deciding to take this training further.
EAP providers value this training in taking on counsellors.This is also valuable training for providers of Health and Safety training. In the mid to late nineties I received specialist training from Dr. Jeff Mitchell of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. I received this training in Belfast.

Joe Heffernan Counselling

Picture shows me receiving my Certificate from Dr. Jeff Mitchell (ICISF, University of Maryland, USA).

This graduation took place in Stormont Castle, Belfast and our host on the occasion was Lord John Alderdice, who was also Speaker of the Stormont Assembly at that time. The photo below shows Lord Alderdice and myself in Stormont Castle on that occasion.

Joe Heffernan Counselling

I am now an accredited Instructor/Trainer for ICISF in both Group Crisis Management Intervention and Individual Crisis Management Intervention. See the "Peer Support" page.