Critical Incident Stress Management
Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) is a comprehensive, integrated, systematic and multi-component crisis intervention program. It was developed to help manage traumatic experiences within organizations and communities.
The first element is preventive, aimed at educating and preparing employees or volunteers to deal with the potential hazards of exposure to highly stressful events. Secondly, the program focuses on providing support, assistance and follow-up services to individuals and groups who have been involved in critical incidents.
Some support, assistance and follow-up services may be available for individuals, groups, community agencies and organizations who could be affected by a traumatic events. This assistance is for victims and their families, based on an evaluation of the situation, observed needs and/or requests brought forward.
Note: RDCVSU Volunteer Advocates are not counsellors but they are there to assist victims in partnership with other agencies to defuse a situation or debrief victims of crime and trauma.
If you would like to make a request for assistance, please contact RDCVSU.